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Most Popular Hats of the 1920s

Wondering what the most popular hats of the 1920s were? You’re not alone. This fascinating era has captured the imagination of history buffs, fashionistas and regular people everywhere.

We put together this list of popular 1920s hats to show you what people wore most. It includes iconic 1920s hats like the cloche, the fedora, bowler and boater hat—among the most worn during that era. All were symbolic of an age that brought such dramatic change to our nation. These hats not only became the eras most popular but became a symbol of the decade.

The 1920s was a time of great social change, explosive new ideas, and of course high-fashion. The impactful social, turbulent political changes including suffrage for women and prohibition and revolutionary economic change.
The 1920s were energized by the nation’s youth. People were migrating to the big city from the farm in the largest numbers ever and now they had extra money to spend. With new-found freedoms they focused on having a good time, enjoying great jazz and buying new clothes and designer hats.

Their disposal income went towards cheaper, new mass-marketed hats sold in the chain store—a brand new concept. These shops carried a limited but broad selection of hat styles in 1920. So, a few distinct hat types became wildly popular across the country in the 1920s.

People were now wearing the same types of hats from coast to coast—the cloche, bowler, boater and others took off in popularity. New popular 1920s hats were born. Massed produced and sold in “chain stores” these hats of the 1920s became sensations. They eventually came to symbolize the unique style of the roaring 1920s.

Here’s our list of the most popular 1920s hats for men and women.

Popular 1920s Hats for Women

Here’s a list of the most popular hats for women in the 1920s…
1. Cloche
Woman in Vintage Cloche Hat
2. Toque & Turbans

3. Berets
marlene dietrich in beret
4. Wide Brim Floppy Hats

Easter Hat
5. Straw Hats
Woman Tourist in Straw Fedora
6. Bucket Hats

Popular 1920s Hats for Men

Take a look at these popular hats for men in the 1920s…
Pork Pie Hats

grey and navy pork pie hat

2. Deerstalker Hats

deerstalker hat with magnifying glass

3. Bowler & Derby Hats

Charlie Chaplins Bowler hat

4. Flat Caps, Newsboys (ivy or driver caps)

Flat Cap for Special Occassions

5. Boater Hats (Skimmers)

P369 by Scala

6. Straw Hats

Panama Straw Gambler Hat by Scala Hats

7. Fedoras


These hats were really sensations in the 20s. Refined, dignified but full of life and style they became a must-have item for everyone. Take a look at our 1920s hats and retro hats from other eras and find something that complements your style.

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