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What’s the Big Deal about Cloche Hats? I’ve never heard of them…

October 12th, 2009 Posted in Trend Watch, Women's Hats

Angelina Jolie, Hillary Swank, and Leighton Meester are well versed in a fashion trend that transcends time, and we keep seeing these fashionable women’s hats in movies, but what are these elegant women’s hats and where did they come from?

While many associate this classic hat with the Roaring 20’s few realize is an excellent wardrobe topper for the fashionistas of today. Cloche hats actually came onto the fashion scene long before the Flapper Era, as milliners took inspirations from all aspects of dress from Russia to Japan, China to Egypt.  These bell shaped women’s hats resemble a combination of a turban, torque and tiara with fancy adornments like feathers, ribbons and rhinestones to dress them up, or simple felt fabrics to dress them down.

Today we’ve seen women’s cloche hats in movies such as the Jolie blockbuster The Changeling and the sappy romance movie staring Hillary Swank, PS I Love You.  And we cannot forget to mention Gossip Girl Leighton Meester as she finished her afternoon look with a vibrant pink cloche hat earlier this year.

Take it from these Hollywood leading ladies, that whether playing a character or joining friends for an afternoon luncheon, a cloche hat brings sophistication and class to your attire.

As temperatures fall while the seasons change, I’d highly recommend shopping through the extensive collection of cloche hats brought to you by HatsintheBelfry.com.  Combining top had designers all in one collection, the team of professionals has outdone themselves with this year’s fall cloche hat collection.

Get inspired with handcrafted creations by Christine A. Moore, famed for her combination of Art Deco and Roaring 20’s designs.  Or browse the pages of Elle magazine, which has also featured cloche hats time and time again as the staple women’s accessory that every leading lady must have.

Whether you’re looking for something flashy and avant garde or traditional chic, a cloche hat is something you’ll need to stay warm and looking hot as fall and winter take over.


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3 Responses to “What’s the Big Deal about Cloche Hats? I’ve never heard of them…”

  1. Kera Says:

    I received my cloche hat (Belfry Tara) today, and I just adore it. Can’t wait for my trip to New York to wear it!!


  2. Manon Says:

    Can you please help me find the cloche hat Hilary Swank is wearing in P.S. I love you???


  3. shannon Says:

    Manon, We do not have the exact hat that Swank wore in the movie, but we do have very similar styles. Try the Belfry Keira, Belfry Sadie or San Diego Bobby. Links are below.


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