Nothing looks more dashing than a fine top hat. But which kind to wear? What about that short-lived trend in the early 1800s - the Wellington Top Hat?
Nothing looks more dashing than a fine top hat. But which kind to wear? There are so many to choose from - the beaver top hat, the stovepipe, the collapsable? Or, what about that short-lived trend in the early 1800s - the Wellington Top Hat?
It’s sometimes called the “Mad Hatter”, due to it being the type of hat seen on the character of the Mad Hatter in both the Alice in Wonderland novel illustrations and the inspirations for subsequent films (particularly the bizarre fever dream that was Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation).
The Wellington Top Hat stands out from other top hats due to its more unusual shape. It has a wide top, which tapers down into concave sides and sits on a sometimes arching brim. And, if you’re a Mad Hatter from Wonderland, your hat may also have a card marking the numbers 10/6 sticking up from the brim - which was actually the cost of the hat (ten shillings and sixpence). This suggests that the Hatter forgot to pull the price tag off his hat before putting it on. How uncouth. Although, maybe he was planning on returning it after the afternoon tea?