Here’s a collection of free vintage images featuring Victorian women, Edwardian women, flappers (or just 1920s women) and other women in BIG HATS! These are curated from various public domain resources, lightly edited, and are available for personal or commercial use as they are out of copyright in the United States. If you’re from outside the US, you may have different restrictions.
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And now: onto the images!
Woman with fur muff
Here’s an Edwardian woman in an unusually shaped white hat, with a fur collar and matching muff. She also has a great lace blouse on under her jacket! Very pretty!
Victorian African-American woman
Here’s a Victorian African-American woman with a huge feathered hat and matching stole. She’s looking off to the side and seems to be deep in thought.
Edwardian Woman in Flat Hat
Another unusual hat– at least by modern standards– here’s an Edwardian woman in a white dress with a bow tie collar, topped with a large, flat hat. The dress reminds me a little of Mary Poppins, for some reason.
Woman in Large Feathered Hat
This woman, another Edwardian from the very early 1900s, has a black dress and large feathered hat. Her dress is beautiful! The neckline has some wonderful lace detailing and there’s ruffles of some kind down the bodice. She’s sitting on a typical Edwardian style chair.
Woman with Big Collar
Admittedly I’m not a historical fashion expert, but this woman’s collar or stole is VERY interesting. It’s ruffled, and there’s feathers trailing off the ends. It goes well with her large hat with feathers sticking out of the side. She seems to be holding her gloves in her lap.
Woman in Ribboned Skirt
I love this woman’s dress, with its ribbons striping the bottom of it. The purse hanging from her waist is also fun! And of course she has an enormous hat, though it’s bit vertically rather than horizontally like others we’ve seen in this post.
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A small hat compared to others, but highly detailed with swirls of fabric and (maybe?) fake flowers. Her puffy sleeve sticking out of the bottom of her jacket is a fun detail as well.
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Edwardian Woman in Striped Blouse
One of my favorite photos! Not only is her outfit truly great, with the striped blouse and lace collar, but her hat is amazing. A convex shape with flowers on top, sitting on the top of her head like a bird about to take flight. She has such a curious look on her face, too.
Two African-American Women
Here are two Victorian African-American women looking at each other. Their hats have interesting structures…I know I’ve said that a lot, but it’s true! Nobody wears hats like these anymore, and if you did you’d for sure get weird looks.
Woman in Costume Hat
I’m pretty sure this is a costume and not a regular outfit, but it’s amazing nonetheless. Check out the fringe on her skirt!
Group of Women in Cloche Hats
The 1920s brought out an amazing style of hat: the cloche! Close-fitting to the head, they were super popular for about a decade. Here’s a group of four women from the 1930s wearing different variations of the cloche.
1930s Woman in Cloche Hat
A mix of the modern cloche style with the vintage larger hat brim, this photo is one of my favorites because the hat has such a unique shape. I also love the look on this woman’s face, and in fact I’ve made a collage using this photograph before!
Blonde Woman in Blue Hat
I’m not sure if this is an actual photo or an illustration! This lady looks so much like a doll that it’s a little surreal. She has a wonderful blue cloche hat on, which matchs her blue dress and pearl necklace.
Gilded Age Dress & Hat (2)
The Gilded Age is the name for a time period from about 1877 to 1900, and I think this dress fit somewhere in there. I liked this illustration so much that I edited it to bring out the blue tones more. Which do you prefer?
I hope you enjoyed these images! If you use them in a collage or junk journal spread, leave a comment and let me know!
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