1930s Hats for Women

Women’s hats of the 1930s were small and simple, but they looked like a work of art. Folded, molded, angled felt hat looked like a painting. The only ornament on a woman’s hat was a small belt, bow or brooch. The cloche was still very common, but what made it different is its rolled brim. In summer, women wore small straw hats or very large straw picture hats, while they often wore knitted berets, scarves and turbans, which were essential headwear for women to keep the head warm and express a woman’s fashion sense.   

In the 1920s, despite a variety of exaggerated clothing styles, hats remained conservative, and most of them were cloches. Until next decade, hats had become whimsy. During the great depression of the 1930s, hats were more hilarious than ever, combined with cheerful, quirky and feminine styles.

In the late 1920s, the brim of women’s hats began to widen to better accommodate new longer hair. In the years that followed, pleats, veils, and asymmetries quickly emerged. Hats from the early 1930s kept the style of the hats in the earlier years. They were close-fitting to the head, but their silhouettes outlined the face more elaborate.  

In the early 1930s, felt hats and lightweight straw hats were adopted the folding and piecing techniques that mimicked the structures of the bias-cut dress to some extent. The floppy sun hat fitted snug around the crown but it softened the curve of the face.  Newer cloche hats didn’t have too many decorations. Just finished the fabric and added a single solid or striped grosgrain band. The stitches at the top of the hat added interesting details, such as a small felt flower or a bow.

Elsa Schiaparelli‘s “madcap” debuted in 1930. This knitted hat can be shaped and stretched to suit each wearer’s needs. The hat was made of linen silk, wool or chenille. Knitted hats gave birth to other classic designs, including bonnets, berets, tams and turbans. The knitted crown also came with a solid felt or straw brim. This hat can be worn in spring and fall.

Berets were also popular from the 1920s, but they’ve gotten bigger and bigger over time, and they’ve got more flexible angles. The large berets had stiff visors, so they will not flop too much.

A turban, fur coat and gold-studded gloves were the typical signs of a wealthy urban woman. Women usually wore gold glittery turbans to attend parties at night. They were made of brocade, velvet, batik and metal infused crepe. In the later years, some hats took the shape of a turban and combined it with felt, straw or braid to create a hybrid turban hat. The small hats with shallow crowns were usually decorated with veils and ribbons, which can cover the eyes and add a touch of mystery to women.  

Influenced by men’s wear, fedoras, bowler hats, Panama hats and boater hats became fashionable for women. In the late 1930s, fedoras became taller and more sophisticated. Nowadays, Panama hats are still popular among fashionable men and women. Of course, there are still other hats for women, like the bucket hat, fedora hat and so on.