The silent era coincided with a glorious time for hats. The 1890s-1910s featured teetering mounds of feathers, beads and sometimes entire birds while the 1920s moved toward the sleek and modern. (Though they were not entirely opposed to the concept of teetering mounds.) And one rule held true through much of the era: You could never, ever go wrong with a tam o’ shanter.
Here are a few fun hats from the silent era. Naturally, I want them all.
Billie Dove’s cloche in The Man and the Moment is positively helmet-like and I love the little twist detail in the front. The perfect hat for tossing one’s pesky ex in the ocean, which is exactly what she does.
Leatrice Joy’s feathered hat in Saturday Night (1922) matches her gown and the whole look has a rather Plantagenet feel, don’t you think? Her character has impulsively married her chauffeur and has discovered that he ain’t so dashing out of uniform. Mixed patterns? The horror!
Clara Bow rocks a tam in Mantrap. While some fashion sourcebooks state that the tam became popular for women in the 1920s, it was pretty fashionable in the 1910s as well and I have the crochet patterns to prove it! Bow gets extra points for her cute accessorizing with a print scarf.
I’m closing with my favorite 1920s wardrobe: everything Betty Amann wore in Asphalt. The cloche, the bob, those bangs, those false eyelashes… everything screams the twenties and I adore it! Amann’s character also suits the freewheeling Jazz Age. She’s a jewel thief who corrupts a young policeman. Scandalous!