Fashion with History: Cloche my way

Hats almost always never fit my small-shaped head. So, naturally, I hardly ever, almost never, wear them. But, this vintage cloche hat I found on Etsy had me pining for it to be apart of my vintage collection. Its shape, color, fabric, zipper - everything.

I took the risk of purchasing without knowing if it would fit, or even if I could pull off such a quirky hat. Cloche hats were a common trend in the 1920s that carried on into the 1960s. Based on the label and style of this cloche hat, it's either early or mid 60s. These hats have a distinct bell shape top or crown, with a floppy or curved brim that usually covers the eyes when worn.

The cloth tag says “J.W. Robinson,” which was a chain of department stores founded in 1883. It went on to become the well-known department store Macy’s. Inside the crown of this hat reads “Splendid,” and “Imported Made in Italy” underneath. I believe Splendid was the brand that made the hat, but I'm not sure if the brand was based in Italy or had a manufacturing company in Italy that shipped their finished products to the United States.

Regardless of brand, it is a ‘splendid’ hat, if I do say so myself. The soft, felt fabric is easy to fold but still maintains its classic shape. The fact that this hat includes a detachable brim with a zipper gives it a funky twist. I’ll admit it was the zipper that took my breath away. I admire its versatility, as this is a feature I tend to gravitate toward. I look forward to more cold and drafty days (as predicted by the groundhog) so I can break out this cheery hat as often as possible.

Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.