Bowler Hats, Top Hats, Snap brim, Pork Pie Hats

Bowler hats, always basically the same shape, but with only subtle alterations in the crown and brim curving up at the sides, are mainly worn for smartness in the City and on formal occasions with dark lounge suits. Top hats, mainly for race meetings and weddings, are almost always in grey or fawn cloth; the sides are slightly less concave than previously and are about 10 cm high. Homburg hats with stiffer brims than previously and crowns with less pinched-in indentations are still worn. Black homburgs are often worn instead of the gibus with dinner clothes. Trilby hats, popularized by Sir Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon, and known as Eden hats, are similar to homburgs and worn for the same types of occasion throughout the period. They are made softer than homburgs.

The brims are generally edged in silk or braid. Snap brim hats with either a narrow binding or more usually without any, are similar in design to trilbys, with the brim turned down in front and up at the back. Pork pie hats which have a circular instead of a longitudinal dent in the crown, originated in the United States. They are a more informal type of hat. Hats made of felt, which have been scarce, again become popular  and are made in a variety of colours. Cloth caps are still worn with small peaks in front, especially by schoolboys as part of their uniform, and they are also popular amongst cricketers.

 

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