The 1920's were a time of liberation for women. A woman could finally vote, have a job, say goodbye to the corset, and be comfortable in her clothes.
Women were also beginning to bob their hair. Up to this point, a woman's hair had always been considered her glory, but women who cut their hair were bucking against more than tradition.
It might seem silly to us now, but during this period some men actually divorced their wives when they chopped off their locks.
Here, Lady Edith epitomizes the fashionable early 1920's lady.
She's bobbed her hair, and in turn can wear a more fitted cloche. As the years went on, some of these hats became so close fitting that they were often called helmets because they covered the entire head. Towards the end of the decade, the cloche nearly covered a woman's eyes.
As you can see, larger brimmed cloches were still mainstream as well. Again, personal preference played a role in this, but often women wore brims only in the summer months for protection from the sun.
Eventually the brims would go by the wayside and the helmet look was the reigning hat style for the rest of the decade.