- Series inspired revive of the 1920s as a fashion trend
- Great quality wool and love to details
- Wool felt provides great insulation
- Price-performance ratio
- Who will like this product?
- In a nutshell
Disclosure: The cloche is a sample of my choice from Fashionable Hats. The post is not endorsed by them. I wrote it entirely myself and it represents my own 100% honest opinion.
Series inspired revive of the 1920s as a fashion trend
Fashion trends and entertainment have a long history of being interweaved. In October, Season 5 of Peaky Blinders inspired the 1920s’ style that you now see in street style chic. The look even showed up in high fashion. In fashion history, the 1920s stand out iconically as they revolutionized women’ wear from unpractical to functional chic. Young women ditched their corsets, wore dresses they could work, dance and move in, and cut their hair chin length. Hats became chic functional gear to protect their heads from body heat loss. Cloches, flat hats, you name it. Young men wore herringbone newsboy hats, or flat caps.
This time around, however, it’s super cool fro women also to wear the caps that were worn by men back then. Since head protection is a Must-Have in (Alaska’s long) winters, and many of my readers loved the show, and as a hat lover, I immediately agreed to review a sample of my choice from Fashionable Hat’s collection of Newsboy and Flat Caps.
Great quality wool and love to details
I picked the Starling – Walrus Hats black wool felt cloche. When I opened the package I was surprised by the elegance of the cloche. It’s totally in line with the style of the 1920s: Simple, but functional, crafted in high quality wool felt for duration, embellished with a velvet hat band and accessorized with a glamorous rhinestone brooch. Inside is a cotton sweatband.
Wool felt provides great insulation
I have a 21 inch (54 cm) head circumference, which is usually a size small. However, I ordered the cloche in medium for extra space for my long hair. In winter, I often wear my hair up or in a braid and put it into my hat (see last two photos in this post). In the mornings, my hair is still wet from taking a shower. Going outside with even only slightly wet hair without putting it into a hat immediately freezes the hair. The cloche perfectly fits and protects my head from getting cold and my hair from freezing when it’s still slightly wet.
There is a 6 month limited warranty on the item and a customer service with live phone support. For customers in the contiguous US there is free shipping when using the coupon SHIPFREE at checkout.
The cloche is very affordable and currently on sale (
$48.00 $38.40) at Fashionable Hats. When you wear it every day for six weeks, the cost-per-wear is already below $1, which is my criterion for a great deal. Given the quality of the 100% Australian wool felt (see detail photos), you will get much more wear than six weeks out of the hat. Especially, since the cloche is easy to style (see styling ideas in this post). And, yes, in the northern US, Canada and Alaska, winters are long and cold. Do I have to say more?
Who will like this product?
This cloche is a Must-have for all hard-die Peaky Blinder fans. It’s a trendy wardrobe addition for hat lovers as well as for professional women who live in states with cold winters. The traditional style and wool felt make the cloche a perfect piece for your work outerwear. It is as functional as a beannie, but with the elegance of a classic hat. I can definitively recommend it to a friend.
In a nutshell
The Starling – Walrus Hats black wool felt cloche is an affordable, trendy, but classic wardrobe addition for winter. It is very functional, but looks posh and professional when outerwear is part of your work wardrobe. Browse their collection of newsboy and flat caps now.Loved Peaky Blinders and the iconic head gear? Fashionable Hats has got you covered. Click To Tweet
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Other photos: N. Mölders
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