Check Out These 10 Popular Women’s Vintage Hat Styles

10 Popular Women’s Vintage Hat Styles

1. Merry Widow Hats

Popular Women's Vintage Hat Styles

In the 1910s, lavish, wide brimmed hats were squarely in style. Exceptionally large in size, the Merry Widow Hat was worn primarily during the day. They often featured ribbons, feathers, and other trims to further enhance their impact.

2. The Tudor Beret

These small, soft hats were inspired by the look of men’s head coverings worn during the Renaissance. These hats rose to popularity for a short time during the early 1900s, and featured tassels or feathers for added detail.

3. Cloches

Unique Vintage Hat Styles

Perhaps the most popular vintage hats, the cloche has an elegant shape. They fit close to the head and enhanced short hairstyles that rose to popularity in the 1920s. While cloches sometimes featured slight brims, they were characterized by their simple, bell-shaped design.

4. Toque Hats

Sophisticated women in the 1920s wore Toque Hats, which were larger in size than the cloche and worn further down on the head. A hat with French origins, it had a sleek and sophisticated style and completely lacked a brim.

5. Turban Style Hats

The rise of Oriental influence during the early 20th century is apparent in the popularity of turban style hats. These wrapped hats were extremely luxurious and often featured jeweled brooches that made them appropriate for wear with evening gowns.

 6. The Tam O’Shanter

The Tam was a type of beret that rose to popularity among women in the 1920s. Not unlike other hair accessories during this decade, it fit close to the head and was adorned with embroidery and needlework for additional detail.


7. Fascinator Hats

Beautiful vintage hat style

Fascinator hats are small but impactful. These often intricately designed accessories feature veils, plumes, or other accents that successfully make a statement. Small and delicate, they were often pinned into the hair.


8. Skimmer Hats

Also known as a Boater Hat, Skimmer Hats were typically made of braided straw and featured a flat, circular brim. These hats were distinctly preppy, and rose to popularity with men in the 1920s and women in the 1940s.


9. Fedoras

In the late 1940s, women began wearing colorful fedoras for a menswear-inspired look. These jaunty hats were often worn at an angle and were inspired by popular movies of the era.

10. Pillbox Hats

Pillbox Unique Vintage Hat Styles

Jackie Kennedy made the Pillbox hat an iconic accessory. Their crisp, feminine shape made them highly desirable during the ladylike 1950s. Tall and circular, they added a certain polish to women’s suiting.


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11 thoughts on “Check Out These 10 Popular Women’s Vintage Hat Styles

  • July 12, 2018 at 8:27 am

    I love hats or caps as I think it make my photo more stand out with these accessories. Glad to find out this post as it tells many type of hats and the history.

  • July 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I love vintage hats, I actually have a few of my own. I have never heard of Cloches before. I really liked this post. It took me back in time.

  • July 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I find hats so stylish! I really like fascinators and the pillbox ones look so lovely too. A great roundup.

  • July 16, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I had no idea about these hats and style. Informative post. My favourite is the last one.

  • July 16, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Superb collection. Have never been a hat person though admire the women who carry them gracefully.

  • July 16, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I love the hats of the 1920s. They were so grand and fabulous and looked pretty on the fashion they had at the timeI love the hats of the 1920s. They were so grand and fabulous and looked pretty on the fashion they had at the time

  • July 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    The Pillbox Hats and fascinators are my favorite and still standing the test of time.

  • July 20, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Fedora hats are a classic. I love fascinators too during derby visits. Turban style hats are so in trend. Thank you for sharing

  • July 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    These hats look so pretty. I love the hats Kate Middleton flaunts. So simple yet so elegant.


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