Contrary to what many people believe, the cloche hat was actually invented in 1908, almost two decades before the flapper era of the 1920s. Leave it to the Parisians to create something so chic and timeless, the word cloche means “bell” in French. Years later, as the Roaring Twenties kicked in full steam, it became the iconic hat of the Jazz Age.
How to spot a cloche hat? It’s all in the bell shape. Cloche hats are traditionally made from felt, though ones made from straw or cloth were not uncommon. Decorations were minimal in order to maintain the slim and trim profile of the hat.
The fitted silhouette makes it hard to see because it covers the eyes, and for this reason it even altered the way women carried themselves. They literally had to tilt their chins up in order to see. The snug shape also playfully accented the short hairstyles that were so in vogue at the time, and was the ideal way to wear such a trendy accessory.
It’s been years since I sported a bob, but I might just chop off my long locks and embrace my inner flapper at the drop of a cloche hat.
I can’t seem to get enough of the fashion, the booze, the dancing and the parties that classified the Jazz Era. But while I have my Gatsby outfit all ready to go for my holiday party, I still need to get decked out in some fa la la la la la la la la – in the form of Art Deco jewelry.
Art Deco has its roots in the 1920s and influenced everything from interior design and architecture, to decorative arts, and even jewelry. The main characteristics of Art Deco are the use of geometry, symmetry, ornamentation, and rich colors.
On my wish list from Chloe and Isabel is a little bit of everything: drop earrings, a cocktail ring, a statement necklace, and a stunning bracelet. If you’re not into rockin’ the rhinestones, at bare minimum, you should have some blingin’ barrettes in your perfectly coiffed bob.
Tis’ the season of giving, receiving, and everything in between. If Santa is reading this, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t expect a little surprise in my stocking this year, and it better be shiny.