Top 10 Movie Hats
The Loviest Hats to Grace Film
People like to indicate that a hats for women is a representation of her character and spirit. If this is true then this made doubly true for hats wore by women in films since costumes are always an extension of characterization.
This page looks at the Top Ten Womens hats in film. The hats were ranked by aesthetics, memorability, and naturally, how it reflects the character of the film.
In the interest of diversity only hat per film. And I did count bonnets for hats.
I must confess my own subjective taste might have creep into this list a bit.
(List is subject to change)
Mrs. White, Clue
Mrs.White played by Madeline Kahn, is a cool femme fatal.
Her black attire is in contrast to her alias. Through the first half of the movie she wears this stylish yet sombre cocktail hat. It’s pure black with a lace veil. There is no doubt that this fits her perfectly.
Amy March, Little Women
Adult Amy March, played by Samantha Mathis, wears this green straw hat while she is meeting with her former childhood friend, Theodore Laurence.
It has a prim veil and a large ribbon that forms a bow in front and a larger almost bustle in back. This hat reflects Amy’s grown-up elegant persona.
Marie Antoinette is one of those movies that is known for its stunning costumes.
Of all the hats wore by Marie Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst, this blue tricorne is a very memorable one.
Typically tricorne hats are military but this one is super feminine. It matches her dress which is a light almost purple color. It has a lots of decoration. It fits Marie’s girly young personality.
Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
Marianne, played by Kate Winslet, wears this bonnet a few times in the movie but most notably she wears it when the Dashwood’s move to Barton Cottage.
It’s a poke bonnet which was a popular style in the Regency period. The brim is made from bright yellow straw and the crown is made of pale blue fabric. It hints at her romantic and whimsical sensibilities.
Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is an ostentatious movie where all the costumes are over-the-top.
This cloche style hat wore by Jordan, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is a cream color with an asymmetrical detail and rhinestone stick pin detail.
It communicates her modern 1920’s attitude. This hat was used on the film's promotion.
Georgiana, The Duchess
Georgiana, played Keira Knightley, wears a multitude of hats in The Duchess.
All of them are memorable and beautiful but I have to give it to this straw hat with its lovely shape, black trim and sculpted feathers. It’s very tasteful, refined and a bit playful and rebellious which fits the duchess‘ character perfectly.
Victoria, The Young Victoria
Another movie that has tons of lovely costumes and bonnet, The Young Victoria is a great costume drama. Of the many bonnets Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, wears in this movie, this charming blue bonnet is loveliest.
It’s a deep brim bonnet that shades Victoria. It has floral details, a wide moire silk ribbon and fresh flowers adorning it.
Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind
Scarlett, played by Vivien Leigh, wears a few lovely hats and bonnets in Gone with the Wind but it’s the bonnet she wears to the mill that is the prettiest.
It’s a white lace hat-like bonnet that curves slightly over her forehead and has a chiffon bow in back. A rhinestone accents finishes off this lovely bonnet. This bonnet fits Scarlett’s elegant and glamorous sense of taste.
Rose Dewitt Bukater, Titanic
When we first see young Rose, played by Kate Winslet, boarding the Titanic, she’s wearing a large purple straw hat. It has a stripped bow. The stripes on the bow vary in width which indicate her artistic personality.
The hat uncovers Rose’s face in a very memorable way that makes the hat and her really shine.
Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
There are few hats that are as ostentatious and memorable as Eliza Doolittle, played by Audrey Hepburn, wears to the Ascot Races hat.
Every other large Victorian hat is liken to this hat. This hat has a black white motif with pops of reds and pinks. It has a large bow, large plumes, and flower. There is no denying with hat’s grandeur.