Forgotten Fifties Hats, The Cooky Cutter Hat

Five years ago when I first got really into dressing in vintage style every day I was drawn to the 1930’s for two reasons, my love of the Astaire and Rogers films, and my fascination with hats.  There is no denying it the 1930’s was a brilliant decade for hats, and I loved wearing mine.


As the years passed thought I got more and more into 1950’s styles.  I was drawn to the fun and whimsy of the decade, and of course the kitsch.  I gradually started to realize that the 50’s really matched my personality and  I felt most comfortable and most me in looks from that decade.  After my 39th birthday this year I decided to commit fully to a  1950’s look.   I sold or gave away all of my 1930’s clothing and began the process of building a 1950’s wardrobe, a process which this blog will chronicle.  Overall I was thrilled with my new project, but I did have one worry, hats.

I simply didn’t know that much about 50’s hats.  So I did some research:

There is the platter style left, and it’s sister, the more rounded saucer version, right


The small head band like casque

casque 3


Sporty casual caps, like the calot

Late 50’s sun hats with scarf ties

and the similar Asian inspired pointed coolie sun hats, the bottom hat is mine.


I like all of these styles, with the exception of the platter and saucer styles, but one of my favorite 1950’s hat styles is a largely forgotten class of small pointed hats.

Almost like elf or pixie hats these little caps have a triangle or cone shape and a flat or pointed top.  I have two that I purchased from the wonderful etsy shop Briony Lodge Vintage


red white and black cooky hat


orange cooky hat


According to millinery expert Jan who runs the shop, this style of  hat is called a “cooky cutter” and was first introduced by Dior in 1950, with Balenciaga offering a similar style called the cereal bowl.  I couldn’t find any pictures of these creations but I did find a photo of Audrey Hepburn sporting a similar pointed hat

audrey ponted hat

and a very extreme version by Elsa Schiaparelli

pixie hat extreme


The way these hat’s sit on the head means they are best viewed from the side

But I like how they look from the front as well:


So charming and fun!

I haven’t found any offered anywhere  else other then Briony Lodge, so they must be a bit hard to come by.  Jan has two more cooky cutter hats for sale in her shop a tri-colored one in brown straw    and and a black velvet version

both are $35.00.

With two cooky cutter hats in my wardrobe I feel I have enough of this particular 1950’s hat style so I hope these lovely examples go to other mid-century style lovers, and no matter what your era be sure to check out Jan’s shop she has the prettiest vintage  hats on etsy and the best prices!




13 thoughts on “Forgotten Fifties Hats, The Cooky Cutter Hat

  1. I really enjoyed this post about 50s hats…most of mine are from the 50s but I don’t have any like the Cooky Cutter or pixie. I think the ”Cooky Cutter” hats perfectly match your style and personality 🙂 I think it works for early 60s too.

    Briony Lodge is one of my faves too…Jan has a great selection of hats!

    Best wishes, Dee


  2. These has look so cute on you, they’re very much your style. I’ve had my eye on a few hats from Briony Lodge Vintage over the last couple of years, she’s got an amazing eye for millinery. xx


  3. Such delightful vintage images! I’m only just starting out in hats, and haven’t got any really nice ones in my collection yet. Yours are great and you’re looking cute wearing them. xxx


  4. Thank you for linking up. I love this article because you know that I have hats on quite a bit on my posts. Oh, those saucer hats-they have been on my wish list for a while and someday, I may add one. This whole new adventure you are on is so fascinating and it will be fun to follow along.


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