The Eton Crop and the Cloche
It was the 1920s. The Great War was over, women won the vote, and the music of the Jazz Age empowered us to bebop our way through a period of sustained prosperity. Of course, women still had it tough, but we were beginning to assert our independence and break free from many sartorial and social restrictions. Indeed, our fashions reflected this new-found freedom. We wore looser, shorter clothes, bobbed our hair and discovered that make up isn’t just for prostitutes.
It was also during this time that the hairstyle known as the Eton crop (the short, slicked-down cut worn by Josephine Baker) became so popular. It is said that the Eton crop emerged during this time because it was the best hairstyle to show off the trendiest hat of the era, the cloche.
A cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat (originally invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908), typically worn very low on the forehead. This style of hat peaked in popularity in the 1920s and continued to be seen until about 1933.
These days, whether vintage or new, cloche hats continue to represent feminism, independence and the height of style. Below we have gathered a selection of vintage, new and custom made cloche-style hats found on etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.
Hand made royal blue cloche with vintage button from yellowfield7 on etsy. $380.
Hand made fedora in dusty pink and gray fur felt from TheMillineryShop on etsy. $265.
Hand made beige cloche with buttons from RetroReproHandmade on etsy. $69.
Made-to-order felt cloche (modified from vintage pattern) with bow and chains from FeltFancy on etsy. $30.95.
Vintage teal wool cloche from alleycatsvintage on etsy. $38.
Hand blocked cherry red cloche from Steambobbin on etsy. $105.
Dark gray felt cloche with feathers from ohmama on etsy. $175.
One of a kind, hand made slate and pheasant cloche from KelseyPitney on etsy. $40.
Hand blocked gold wool cloche with taffeta ribbon from neworleansmagpie on etsy. $58.
Custom made 1920s-style cloche with red wooden buckle from bonniesknitting on etsy. $85.
Vintage 1970s furry felt cloche from jackiedretroboutique on etsy. $28.
Add a pop of color to your ensemble with this vintage peacock blue felt wool cloche from misswonderful1950 on etsy. $26.
Custom made wool felt cloche with side draped pleats from LuminataCo on etsy. $125.
Vintage brushed wool cloche with wide leather band from IKAHN on etsy. $34.
Vintage mossy green brushed felt cloche from yellowfeathr on etsy. $24.
Vintage brown cloche with sleek black patent trim from SparrowGardens on etsy. $30.
Simple cream cloche with bow from BlancheandEleganza on etsy. $40.
Great Gatsby! Clementine light gray cloche with orange trim from yellowfield7 on etsy. $385.