The hat is the crowning glory of any outfit and always striving to look their best, the British love fine headwear.
There are an infinite variety of styles of hat available around the world, but the ones mentioned here are probably the best known and loved for their quintessential Britishness.
Probably the most famous for being something that is only associated with the British gentleman is the Bowler Hat or as its sometimes known as a Derby Hat. Lock and Co the hatters created it in 1850 for Thomas Coke, the 2nd Earl of Leicester, to dress his servants. It then became been a common site amongst city businessmen in London but nowadays it is not as common to see around in the context of work.
The Top Hat, (or Stovepipe hat as it's sometimes referred), was worn by gentlemen here in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Nowadays it is only really worn with Morning or Evening Dress and is seen often as a symbol of aristocratic Britishness.
The Deer Stalker is the hat famously associated with Sherlock Holmes the fictitious English detective, and was designed for hunting in the wet and windy Scottish climate.
The Boater is another quintessentialy British style and can often be seen worn at boating events throughout the summer at the many regattas and garden parties. The Panama is also a British favourite throughout the summer and one that can roll up neatly into a cone is idea for travel.
The Tweed Flat Cap is another essential piece of British headwear and is a staple of country days out and Shooting expeditions.
The felt Trilby holds a special place in the dapper Englishman's wardrobe and has been a look often associated with the suave investigator, wearing the custom trench coat and looking nonchalant from the corner of the room.
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