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Historically an indicator of social status, the hat in all its shapes has long been the ultimate style distinguisher and its fashion legacy carries on to date.


 In the early 1800s, women opted for eccentric bonnets with feathers, flowers and ribbons which in the 1920s had evolved into neater head-hugging hats with more movement-friendly embellishments. The styles of hats that have emerged since are very diverse in style and purpose – below we have untangled the most significant types of hats over the decades to help you in your search for the perfect vintage headpiece. 


 The beret hat is a soft round cap, traditionally made from woollen felt, with a bulging flat crown and a tight-fitting brimless headband. The style is highly associated with France, the military and early 1900’s school uniforms. 

Cloche hat 

As the name suggests, the cloche hat is a bell-shaped ladies hat with a more or less accentuated cap. Popular in the 1920s, the style was embraced by the public through iconic artist performers like Josephine Baker. 


Probably the most coveted hat style, the fedora hat got its name from Victorien Sardou’s cross-dresser play Fedora and became a symbol of the women’s rights movement. In the 1920s the style became popular also amongst men and has since enjoyed a consistent revive through icons like Indiana Jones, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Depp. 

Pillbox hat 

A pillbox hat is a small women’s hat with a flat crown, straight, upright sides, and no brim. It is named after the small cylindrical cases that pills used to be sold in and influenced by military headgear. The pillbox is much associated with the 1960s and was the hat of choice of First Lady Jackie O.

OfV says: With a special penchant for dressy vintage hats, our edit of pre-owned designer and vintage headpieces span decades of iconic hats crafted by some of the most prominent hatters, milliners and fashion houses in history. So whether you’re on the lookout for a Panama-style straw hat for the beach; an eye-catching ostrich hat for the Royal Ascot; or a Hermès silk turban to tackle a bad hair day, our edit of sensational one-off vintage hats will top off both casual and formal looks, whatever the occasion.

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Vintage 1950s Egret Feather Adorned Black Half Hat

Sophisticated custom made real egret feathers adorned black cocktail hat from the 1950's

Vintage 1950s Bow Embellished Navy Blue Felt Hat

1950's cap style blue felt hat with narrow grosgrain ribbon embellishment

Vintage 1960's Velvet Bow red Cartwheel Hat

1960's red straw cartwheel shape hat with a velvet hat band and double bow

Vintage 1930's Juliet Cap Style Rhinestone Embellished Black Felt Hat

1930's Juliet Cap style felt hat with bows to either side and a rhinestone arrow embellishment

Vintage 1940s Circular Raised Front Feather Embellished Red Felt Hat

Vintage 1940's red felt hat with a high raised front and a single feather quill embellishment

Vintage 1940's Breton Style Raised Brim Burgundy Red Felt Hat

1940's Breton style burgundy red felt hat with a raise brim to one side and a ribbon hat band which goes through the brim to form a bow above the ear

Vintage 1960s Bonnet Style Lace Up Side Brown Felt Hat

Vintage brown felt hat with one side pierced with gold hoops and threaded with two tone grosgrain ribbon to imitate lacing

Vintage 1940's Folded Brim and Black Velvet Twist embellished Green Straw Hat

1940's diagonally styled green straw hat with a folded brim and black velvet trim and twist detail

Vintage 1940s Pleated fan Style Black Felt Hat

1940's circular pleated fan hat with a bow centre

Bonwit Teller 1960s Cloche Shape Black Vintage Hat

Bonwit Teller by Adolfo II Cloche shaped hat with a ribbon hat band embellished with pheasant feathers

Mr John 1960s Lace and Gold Leather Flower Applique Black Vintage Pill Box Hat

Mr. John pill box hat with a loose layer of black lace fixed with differently shaped gold leather flowers

Vintage 1930s Cap Style Persian Lamb Black Hat

1930's Persian lamb black hat with a high raised front and a bow at the back

Joseph Magnin 1960s Fur Felt Brown Vintage Cap

Classic 1960's button top felt peaked brown felt cap

Vintage 1950s Marabou Plume Striped Velvet Brown Vintage Hat

1950's Deco style hat with crossed striped velvet with a marabou plume fixed with a black glass button

Vintage 1940's Fisherman Style Wool Felt Blue Cap

1940's navy blue wool felt asymmetrically styled cap based on an old fisherman's cap

Jonquil 1940s Wool Felt Black Vintage Hat

1940's hat with a folded brim, smocked inner edge, raised crown and curling feather embellishment

Vintage 1970s Mink Trimmed Slanting Tan Hat

1970's tan hat with a wide, slanting, mink trimmed, wrap style brim and a satin hat band

Vintage 1960s Audrey Hepburn Style Oversized Bow Black Velvet Hat

1960's hat similar to that worn by Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' in black velvet with a wide brown and oversized draped bow front

Vintage 1960s Russian Style Brown Fox Fur Hat

1960's Russian style fox fur hat

Vintage 1960s Cap Style Chocolate Brown Mink Hat

1960's deep brown mink hat with no brim

Vintage 1950s Veiled Mirrored Button Embellished Red Velvet hat

1950's velvet hat with asymmetrical shape, a veil and two circular buttons to one side edges with mirrored tiles

I Magnin and Co 1960s Beret Style Natural Cream and Black Mink Vintage Hat

I. Magnin & Co. beret style mink hat in natural cream and black

Vintage 1920s Soutache and Blanket Stitch Embellished Green Felt Cloche Hat

1920's cloche hat with soutache and embroidered surface, a waved pleated metallic ribbon trim and a ostrich plume fixed with a Pekin glass ornament

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