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Cloche Hats

The cloche hat — synonymous with prohibition-era speakeasies, the suffrage movement, flappers and Joan Crawford. This iconic hat is named for the French word for “bell,” because of its subtle, bell-shaped silhouette that is worn low on the head to frame the face. Cloche hats were invented in 1908 by Parisian milliner Caroline Reboux, but gained popularity in the 1920s when Coco Chanel solidified their place in flapper fashion. At Hats in the Belfry, we carry many women’s cloche hats that both honor this tradition and veer more contemporary.

Each cloche hat in our selection is made by expert hat makers using high-quality materials, like straw, water repellent nylon, Italian cotton, fur felt, wool or wool felt. Formal cloche hats include fur felt or wool styles topped with lovely feather, flower or ribbon embellishments, while our more casual cloches feature poppy, cotton hatbands and more subtle belting. We offer a rainbow of colors in our women’s cloche hats, like cream, navy, red, black, lime green and orange styles.