The Calot: Similar to Beret Hat

After knowing something about boaters and bowlers, we look at the Calots now. The Calot means “cap” in French. When it comes the Calot, many will hark

back popular hats in the 16th century — “Juliet caps”.

juliet cap

Five centuries ago, Juliet caps were usually decorated with some luxurious pearls, beads and jewels.  In the 1920s and the 1970s, the Calot hat became popular. Such style is de rigueur with Bohemian brides. In most occasions, Calots were worn with gowns and wedding dresses. Sometimes, royal members will also wear it at daytime. The closely-fitting Calots feature no visor or brim. What following rounded crown is the contour of wear’s head. The chic Princess Grace of Monaco wear Calots in some occasions. 

The calots

The calots is suitable to hiking or some events, in which faces should be visible clearly. There are also some variants, which fall flat slightly. To a certain extent, the calots are similar to berets, but more formal than them.

Besides, casque hats are also could be seen in some events. Some may doubt about the hat of Crown Princess Mary.

Some detailed introduction of casque hats are as follows:

casque hat
casque hat

Close fitting cap

Rounded frame

No visor or brim

Trimmed with feathers and leaves

The casques


In the 15th and 16th centuries, male royals worn decorated “casques” for protection in battle. When the calots create a sensation in fashion, a new variation arose, wrapping around the head to frame wearer’s face rather than perched on the back of wearers’ head. Though it similar to a feminine helmet to a certain extent, it is renowned as the casques. In the 1950s, Princess worn the hat in an event. But I do not like the casques, because there are almost no occasions where I could wear them. It is not easy to wear a close fitting hat just like wearing a helmet.

In addition to not knowing how to match it with daily clothes, it is a big problem to care, store and wash. It seems that storage of the casques need enough space and energy. Otherwise, feathers, leaves and other ornaments on hats will be ruined greatly. Hats could not be wear any more if things go in this way.

The Cloches

From the 1920s to the 1930s, cloche hats created by Caroline Reboux became popular. The origin of cloche hats was derived from a French word “cloche”, which means “bell” in French. In the 1950s, cloches’ comeback in the spotlights should be owed to a popular TV show “Downtown Abbey”. In the late 1920s and 1930s, mother of Queen Elizabeth worn many such cloche hats. Half a century later, Queen Elizabeth also worn many cloche hats in many occasions.

Though such hats are relatively simple, they are difficult to match with ensembles. In other words, not everyone looks good in such hats. It’s the possible reason for rare appearances in life. Many perhaps try to find the most suitable hats, adding more glamour to daily looks.