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    The cloche hat is an iconic accessory that became famous during the 1920s. Its name comes from the French word for “bell,” and it was originally created by the renowned French hat-designer, Caroline Reboux. Hat lovers from far and wide adore the cloche because of its pleasing shape and chic style. Modern women’s cloche hats draw inspiration from vintage cloche silhouettes, with a variety of modern fabrics and embellishments.

    A cloche can be worn on a wide range of occasions. A flapper cloche hat adds a hint of fun to any outfit, whether you’re dressing up for a 1920s-themed party or just want to add a jazz-age touch to your look. Embellished hats featuring grosgrain ribbon trims, buckles, fabric flowers, feathers, or beading tend to have a more formal look, well suited for an evening at the theater or a glam night out. Slouchier versions, like a crochet cloche, lend themselves to weekend strolls at the dog park or browsing the farmer’s market in style.

    Choosing the right size is an important factor to keep in mind when shopping for a hat. A too-big cloche won’t stay in place when worn at a jaunty angle, and a hat that’s too small won't sit comfortably on your head. Take the time to measure your head before buying a hat so that you can choose the ideal size for your form. Many sellers on Etsy offer easy-to-follow size guides to help you achieve that just-right fit.

    Shopping for a gift? Adjustable options let you cinch the size of the hat band from the inside, while stretchy fabrics give you a more wiggle room to find a style that fits a range of head sizes. Etsy sellers offer vintage and handmade options to suit all kinds of budgets.

    Cloche hats are made from almost any textile, including felted wool, velvet, leather, cotton, straw, and even bamboo, making the cloche a great accessory for all seasons. A winter cloche will keep your ears warm in style with cozy fabrics like wool, fur, or soft suede. For warmer temperatures—or a tropical vacation, summer cloche hats in light and breathable materials like straw and linen make for an easy breezy accessory.