Collecting Vintage Hats

“It is impossible for a woman to appear chic without a hat.”
–Emily Post, 1959

Fantastic Vintage Hat

Fantastic Vintage Hat

In the early 1900s, hats were considered vital to women’s fashion, and although the styles have evolved throughout the decades, hats didn’t fall out of vogue until the 1960s – and then returned in the ‘70s. With materials ranging from felt to silk to straw to leather, and styles ranging from large, elaborately-designed ladies Victorian tea hats to the Art Deco influenced, tight-fitted 1920s flapper cloche hats, there’s no shortage of vintage hats to collect and enjoy wearing.

20s Style Cloche

20's Style Cloche

Here are some resources you might find helpful:


The Hat Museum This museum is a must for any hat lover!!!
There are two floors filled with hats, featuring collections of “Antique and Vintage Hats”, “Men’s Hats”, “Novelty and Costume Hats” and “Today’s Fabulous Hats”.
There is a gift shop in the basement which sells new and vintage hats.

Hat care and sizing tips

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