Hats in Time A hat is part of a costume ensemble and often reflective of a given point in time, an era; a period of time with a beginning and an end with something going on between them. In this context each era of hat design is distinctive but the beginnings and endings of design era’s blend into each other and are often not distinctive. For this reason, as we’ve said elsewhere, it’s a good idea to look in other eras as who knows where just the right hat will pop up. To complicate things even further, some hats are simply timeless. We’ve chosen to present our hats by era as it seemed most logical way to do it. Just keep in mind design era overlaps are everywhere.    1950's - The 50’s was an era of extreme looks. For example, skirts were very full or very tight and it was the same with hats. Hats were either small and close to the head or lush with large brims.  As time goes by, items that are the youngest are usually the easiest to find and we realize that 1950's hats, as a costumes, at the moment, are still relatively easy to find. However, really beautiful, interesting hats in excellent condition are not, so we're happy to be able to offer a selection of them for you.  1940's - The 1940's was an amazing time for millinery in our country.  At the beginning of the decade WWII was still raging and rationing was in full swing.  Even fabric and clothing were rationed and women had little chance for a large wardrobe.  They made up for it with wardrobes of hats, sometimes wild but always flattering and interesting shapes, with a wide range of colors and trims.  1940's hat's today for vintage costumes are hard to find in almost perfect condition but we have an enormous range of them all either found in perfect condition or now restored to perfect condition. We've heard from many people that they just enjoy looking at the photographs. 1930's - The 1930's was a fashion period for women of close sleek hair styles and equally close fitting hats.  Elegant and often asymmetrical, they are little sculptural gems that seem to epitomize the word chic.  Again, a few of our 1930 hats come from the late 1930's and may seem more like early 1940's to some. Some are early 1930's and may seem more 20's to others.  We have tried to  have a generous range of styles, colors and even materials, felts and wools for cold seasons and straw and light fabrics for warm ones, but remember, with a few exceptions these are vintage hats and they're a result of our extensive searching.  If you don't see exactly the thing you want keep looking.  A new possibility may jump out at you. 1920's -  When you find a truly vintage 1920's hat the very first thing that you think, right after marveling that you've actually found a 1920's hat is how tiny they all were!  Hair styles were flatter and sleeker and yes, people’s heads were smaller.  As you look through our 1920's section notice the hat sizes. We have tried to give you the best ideas of each hats’ size on the web site.  Many period costume hats are what we call "perching" hats and can sit on top of any head size.  1920's hats are a bit unique in that nearly 100% of the hats were in the Cloche style. Cloche is the French word for bell and Cloche hats look like bells, often slightly flared out at the bottom but always deep covering the head and ears completely and snugly. This worked well for the 1920's woman with her short and close hair style but for an actress in a wig or even a modern woman not used to wearing a hat (and ending up with hat hair) not so convenient. We do have many original 20's hats and many of them are on the small side and we have indicated that in the description. A few of our hats are new and are a very usable size and many have become 20's hats from hats from a slightly different period, also a way to get hats of a usable size into our collection.  As a side note, remember that our models heads measure approximately 22 ¼ inches including their wig.  You can note if the hat seems to fit them loosely or snugly to give yourself an additional sense of the hat's size.  The Teens When we started working on this hat collection we thought it would be rather simple to organize; 40’s, 30's, 20's, etc.  As we've pointed out before, style slowly evolves and there is no black line from Dec 31, 1919 to Jan. 1, 1920.  Many of the later teens hat's look like more roomy 20's cloche's.  Unlike the modern sleekness of 20's hats, teen’s hats still have the size and lushness of the Edwardian period.  Large brims, large crown, large flowers and feathers, it seems as skirts got smaller and slimmer in the teens, hats got larger. Many of our teens hats are close to 100 years old. They have all been restored to amazing condition and each one is immediately wearable. Authentic teen’s hats are, of course, difficult to find but keep checking back with us.  We're constantly looking for new examples to offer on the "Hatstorent.com" website. 1890's, 1880’s, 1870’s - As you can imagine, finding genuine 1890's, 1880's and 1870's hats, hat's that are close to 120 years old, is not easy.  Hats this age, in good condition and genuinely lovely examples are usually in museums.  We feel we have to offer a small but exceptional collection of these late Victorian hats. The truly vintage hats are indicated and there are a few that have been created with vintage materials. Again, keep checking back. We will keep trying to add to this. 1700’s - We happen to have a small number of 18th century style hats.  We will be adding to that as time goes by and, obviously, these are not actually from the 18th century but beautifully done costume pieces made of the best fabrics.  Feel free to ask us about making something based on your design. Misc. - After finding a wonderful and authentic Brownie cap from the 1950's with its original pins and logo I realized that we needed another category. The brownie hat just didn't belong in the 1950's section with the other fashion hats but was just as usable. Check through the Misc. section for anything that might be specific or quirky.  We will be continually adding to it. Thank you for your interest in hatstorent.com. 
Copyright  2010-2016 JDJ International, LLC. Vintage - Costume - Hats to Rent  HATs Home About 1700's Hats 1800's Hats Teen's Hats 1920's Hats 1930's Hats 1940's Hats 1950's Hats Specialty Hats