1. Style
Send to a Friend via Email

Top Hat

By

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Definition:

The top hat was popular amongst men of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its trademark quality is its tall and flat crown. It has a large brim and men wore it more as a status symbol than for sun protection.

The most expensive top hats were made from beaver fur. Abraham Lincoln was the first American to popularize the top hat. In modern times, top hats are usually worn only with costumes and occasionally with formal tuxedos.

Compare Prices Shop for top hats

  1. About.com
  2. Style
  3. Accessories
  4. Hats & Belts
  5. Hat Glossary
  6. Top Hat - Types of Hats

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.