The modern standard top hat is a hard, black or grey silk hat, with fur felt now often used.
The acceptable colours of hats are much as they have traditionally been, with white hats (which are grey), a daytime racing colour, worn at the less formal occasions demanding a top hat, such as Royal Ascot, or with a morning suit. For Royal Ascot, weddings or other special occasions, our selection of top hats will make you stand out from the crowd, whatever the occasion.
The name of this wonderful hat derives from the stage adaption of George du Maurier's 1894 novel, Trilby. The hat was widely worn throughout the production and soon became known as the Trilby Hat.
Generally the style of the trilby is a narrow brim with the front turned/snapped down and the back rolled upwards. Many people confuse the trilby and fedora styles, the difference between the two is the brim width, the fedora has a wider brim which is either flat or sloping downwards. The crown tends to be a little more shallow with the trilby, giving the hat a smaller shape overall.
The trilby is certainly a fashionable item today, available in a myriad of materials. Wool felt and fur felt are most widely available but with plenty of straw or cotton, again the style is popular with all age groups. The slightly wider brims tend to be more favourable for the classic Sinatra look and the narrow rolled brims are highly sought after purely for fashion purposes.
The Panama hat is an Ecuadorian hat made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant. Originally these straw hats were shipped in the 19th and 20th century to many destinations around the world after Theodore Roosevelt wore one during his visit to the Panama Canal construction
project which helped increase the Panama hat's popularity. The hat was known as the Panama hat for its trade origin and not for its Ecuadorian origin.
Panama hats are hand made, these hats are light and beautiful looking summer hats.