The cloche hat, simply meaning "bell" in French, offers any outfit a feminine, sophisticated edge with its gently flared shape. With a nod to its heydey in the 1920s, this accessory brings to mind a free-spirited, powerful, wear-what-makes-you-feel-alive vibe. So whether you're a fan of preppier styling, a more casual look, or if channeling a vintage-inspired flapper ensemble is right up your sartorial alley, consider some outfit ideas that seamlessly incorporate the cloche.
True, your beanie is an ultimate staple of your urban chic look -- but that doesn't mean you have to settle for a single hat style just because you have a focused aesthetic. Consider changing things up a bit with a black wool cloche or cloche-style beanie. Go with a simple outfit, such as a black slim sweater over black or boldly-hued straight leg jeans -- think cobalt or rust. Add a pair of black boots, from sleek ankle boots to combat-style lace-up boots. Add your cloche and a black leather moto-style jacket and you're done.
Keep your look clean and classic if you lean toward a preppier style. Start with a simple black mini shift dress with long sleeves and a round neckline -- opt for a solid, saturated color, such as black, fuchsia or emerald green. Add a neutral cloche, such as charcoal, black or navy. Slide your feet into a pair of nude or black pumps and you're done. Or, for a cooler weather look, add a crewneck or turtleneck sweater in any of the aforementioned colors to a pair of dark rinse, straight-leg jeans. Pull on a classic black peacoat and add a black wool cloche and black riding boots.
Create a dressier, sophisticated look by adding a cloche to your outfit. In warmer weather, visualize yourself in a black, sleeveless sheath dress that hits at your knees. Add a pair of black high-heel sandals or black leather pumps. Finish the outfit with a black cloche with special detailing, such as a satin ribbon or ornamentation. Or, in cooler weather, pull on black trousers and a floral blouse. Top your look with a black tweed or bouclé jacket, add black suede pumps or booties and the same adorned hat.
If you want to go for a more era-appropriate take on incorporating the cloche into your wardrobe, consider creating a flapper-inspired look. For a more interpretive take, start with a cream-hued, round-neck blouse with a pair of dark blue skinny jeans. Add brown or cognac-hued, high-heel Mary Janes and a light to dark brown tweed cloche hat with a grosgrain band to your ensemble. Or, for a more literal take, pull on a silky drop-waist dress -- go for a muted tone, like cream, pale green or mauve; if you have an hourglass shape, stick with the first option as this shapeless dress style may not flatter your curves. Add the same cloche and nude or brown T-strap high heels.