The 1931hats in comparison to previous years were quite different. The crowns remained shallow as in late 1930, brims were still tilted and irregular but they were worn higher on the head and off the face. The crown was shallow and close to the head, often it barely reached the top of the forehead and was deeper in the back and often off to one side. Brims were popular in narrow and medium widths for Spring. The turban style came in many versions, there were the bicorne and the tricorne types these were bonnet shaped. These bonnet type turbans often had only one definite point on a side while the other side curved outward and down. Or the upturned side may have no sharp corner turn, but rather swing on an out-curved line on one side then lie close to the crown on the opposite side. The beret was still in but it draped downward on the side and in the back, fitting the head closely, very similar to the draped turbans.
Many materials were seen in the spring and summer hats. All kinds of straws, fabrics and ribbons as well as felt were in fashion. Satin, grosgrain, shantung, silk, crepe, taffeta, linen, cotton, pique, and rough or smooth, dull or shiny straws. Straws were often seen combined with felt, ribbon or fabric to tie the hat in color and texture to the
dress worn. Early spring, felt was used as the most popular fabric, combined with other materials as mentioned for straws.
Color was seen in abundance. The old rule was that the hat should match the coat or the hat should match the fur on the coat or it should match the dress under the coat. Not so in early 1931.Contrasting color between the hat and the frock was the new rule. The color should tie the hat to the ensemble in some way, for example it may match the dress or blouse or it could match only the trimming of the dress or blouse. It might also match the coat but be trimmed in a bright color used for accent somewhere in another part of the ensemble.
Most popular colors were navy blue ensembles accented by bright red and white, or jade green found somewhere on the hat that picked up some detail in the dress. Ribbons of two tones were often used for example in a brown and white frock, with an accent of bittersweet shade the hat may be banded with a two-toned ribbon of any of the colors. The crown on the hat could be banded and finished with bows or the ribbon may be fitted to be part of the crown itself.
Fashion hints were if the hat matched the color of the coat, it may then have a bright cluster of flowers, a fancy feather, or even vegetables or fruits to harmonize with the dress. Feathers were back on hats in a big way.
Late this year the hats were well off the face. The older women still preferred the low over or just above the eyebrows or over one side of the face.