Named for its shape (cloche means “bell” in French), the cloche hat is the symbol of the Roaring Twenties headgear for women. A huge departure from the large and elaborate hats of the previous decade, when hairstyles were voluminous and full, the flapper hairstyles were sleek, minimalistic, and amazingly close to the head. Suddenly, hats could easily be pulled down over the crown and even hide part of the face. Because of this, there was room around the wearer’s forehead and temples for unusual shapes – peaks, ruffles – that would directly play off one’s features. The cloche hat stayed in style into the 1930’s, but its true height as a cutting-edge fashion coincides with the “birth” of the Flapper, the It Girl. Despite the androgynous, gender-role-smashing image of the flapper, some cloche hats still managed to be quite feminine-looking. And so it is with this coral-peach-colored dream of a hat by Sarabella Mode. It’s quite rare to find such an old hat, especially with such detail. This has all the major elements of the 20’s – asymmetrical design, warm color, and lots of kick! Click here for more views and sizing information.
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