At the end of the 18th century, the tricorne/bicorne (aka cocked hat) started to give way to the top hat (wikipedia entry) as the favorite headgear of fashionable men. By the early decades of the 19th century, everybody was wearing a top hat … even working men! The fashion became so wide-spread that nearly any image one can think of from the entire 19th century features at least one top hat … from the Civil War to Brunel to French Incroyables.
Top hats, while at first glance appear to be similar, come in a wide array of types and shapes. From Lincoln’s famous stove-pipe hat to the flared ones favored by Brummel, there are top hats to express all types of attitudes!
More recently, other styles of top hats have come to the fore, especially the Deadman Top Hat made famous by Johnny Depp. Featured in the movie of the same name, it has a shorter and slightly flared crown … instantly recognizable and very unique.
More importantly, even today, top hats have a place in society because they are still key pieces of fashion for many important occasions. Including high school prom, important horse races, diplomatic engagements, and (of course) fancy dress, the top hat still features prominently!
So, if you want to stand out from the crowd, get yourself a top hat … my favorite is the Deadman Top Hat.