Wool top hat is a hard felt hat with a curved narrow brim and a high crown.
- Hat info:
- Hand Made
- Made Of 100% Wool Felt
- 2 2/6" wide curved brim
- 5 2/5" high crown
- Fully satin lined
- PVC Sweatband
- With Removable Feather
- Sizing Info: Small - 55cm, 6 7/8 - Medium - 57cm, 7 1/4 - Large - 59cm, 7 1/2 - X-Large - 61cm, 7 3/4
A top hat, beaver hat, high hat, silk hat, cylinder hat, chimney pot hat or stove pipe hat, sometimes also known by the nickname "topper", is a tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed hat, worn by men from the latter part of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. By the end of World War II, it had become a rarity in ordinary dress, though it continued to be worn in specific instances, such as state funerals, morris dancing, also by those occupying prominent positions in the Bank of England, by certain City stock exchange officials and occasionally, when passing between the Law Courts and Lincoln's Inn, London, by judges of the Chancery Division and Queen's Counsel.
As of the early 21st century, top hats are still worn at some society events in the UK, notably at church weddings, morris dancing and racing meetings attended by members of the royal family, such as Royal Ascot. They remain part of the formal uniform of certain British institutions, such as Eton College and the boy-choristers of King's College Choir. They are usually worn with morning dress or white tie, in dressage, and as part of servants' or doormen's livery.
The top hat was frequently associated with the upper class, and was used by satirists and social critics as a symbol of capitalism or the world of business. The use of the top hat persisted in politics and international diplomacy for many years, including at U.S. presidential inaugurations, the last being worn at the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1961. The top hat also forms part of the traditional dress of Uncle Sam, a symbol of the United States, generally striped in red, white and blue. The top hat is also associated with stage magic, both in traditional costume and especially the use of hat tricks.
A top hat, high hat, cylinder hat or topper is a tall, flat-crowned hat for men traditionally associated with formal wear in Western dress codes, meaning white tie, morning dress or frock coat. The top hat, traditionally of black silk or sometimes grey, came about perhaps inspried by the capotain, and replaced the tricorne associated with the justaucorps tailcoats in Western fashion by the end of 18th century. It has remained a formal fashion accessory ever since. A collapsible variant of a top hat is known as an opera hat.
During the 19th century and early 20th century, it was the daily formal wear hat of choice for the upper and middle classes. This went on until the 1920s which saw widespread introduction of informal wear with suits and less formal hats such as bowler hats, homburg hats and fedoras also in established society. After World War II, white tie, morning dress and frock coats along with their counterpart the top hat started to became confined to high society, politics and international diplomacy, including at United States presidential inaugurations, the last being worn at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. Following the counterculture of the 1960s, its use declined further along with the disuse also of daily informal hats by men.
Yet, along with traditional formal wear, the top hat continues to be applicable for the most formal occations, including weddings, funerals, in addition to certain audiences, balls, and horse racing, such as the Royal Enclosure of Royal Ascot the Queen's Stand of Epsom Derby. It also remains part of the formal dress by those occupying prominent positions of certain traditional British institutions, such as the Bank of England, certain City stock exchange officials, occasionally at the Law Courts and Lincoln's Inn, by judges of the Chancery Division and Queen's Counsel, by boy-choristers of King's College Choir, as well as dressage horseback riders, in addition to servants' or doormen's livery.
As part of traditional formal wear, in popular culture the top hat has been associated with the upper class, and used by satirists and social critics as a symbol of capitalism or the world of business (one current example is the Monopoly Man). The top hat also forms part of the traditional dress of Uncle Sam, a symbol of the United States, generally striped in red, white and blue. The top hat is also associated with stage magic, both as costume and especially the use of hat tricks, such as the famous "Pulling a Rabbit out of a Hat" trick dating back to Louis Comte who performed the trick in 1814.