Bowling hats top the list of hats you should never wear outside a bowling alley, probably because of how unattractive they are, but you can get them in a variety of fabrics, colors, and styles.
The Coke Hat
The hat was originally known as the “Coke hat” named after the Earl, William Coke.
The early History of the Bowler Hat started in 1849. The bowler wasn’t originally designed for style but rather for practicality. The second Earl of Leicester, Sir Thomas William Coke, owned a 25,000-acre estate called Holkham Hall, which is still the seat of the Earl of Leicester today. His gamekeepers would ride around the grounds of the estate on horseback wearing top hats. But, because top hats are tall and cylindrical, they could easily be knocked off by wind or tree branches. The Bowler hat was formed and the rest is history.
The Shape Of Bowler Hat
When we think of bowler hats, Laurel & Hardy, Costello and Charlie Chaplin come to mind. Fur Felt Bowler hats are sometimes referred to as Bob Hats, Bombins or Derbys. They are stiff felt hats with a round crown. Originally a protective hat for GameKeepers. They became popular with the working classes in the Victorian era. They became popular with railway workers during the 1920s. Bowler hats were also worn by former officers of the Queen’s Guard.
Wearing Bowler Hats
In the early 20th Century, they were associated with businessmen and city gents from the financial districts. The classic looks are all about an upper-class image. It’s part of the British culture town at least one bowler hat. Winston Churchill did choose to pair his formal morning dress with a bowler. his popularity was famous for his wardrobe attire when it came to wearing his hat.
A bowler hat is an alternative to a cowboy hat it’s not what cowboys like to be seen in.
How To Wear A Bowler Hat
In popular culture, as today the upper classes like to wear bowler hats at a cabaret event. The bowler is designed to be worn straight across the top of your head and not toward the back of your head, though you can tilt it slightly to one side or the other. The front and back of the hat should be obvious, but the round crown isn’t going to give you any hints.
Our top tip is to wear the bow on the outside of the hat to the left and make sure that the smaller bow on the inside sweatband is at the back.
What To Look For In A Bowler Hat?
It is important to opt for a high-quality bowler hat. Stetson Europe offers an alternative to the black hat for a lovely elegant grey one. Which actually can be used for both men and women not to mention non-binary people.
Famous Films For Bowler Hats
Actors often use bowler hats as props. A film like, The Avengers 1966 was famous for John Steed wearing a bowler. Cathy Gale often stole his bowler hat when Patrick Macnee took over. In the Thomas Crown Affair in where former James Bond, Peirce Brosnan used many bowler hats during the scene where he was stealing a very famous painting.
We also have Wonder Woman, Gadot wearing a bowler hat when she went into a more detective disguise.
In the 1964 film Mary Poppins, set in Edwardian London, 1910, the London banker George Banks (played by David Tomlinson) wears a bowler. The British building society Bradford & Bingley registered more than 100 separate trademarks featuring the bowler hat, its long-running logo. In 1995 the bank purchased, for £2000, a bowler hat that had once belonged to Stan Laurel.
The bowler cap was the hat of choice for lawmen such as Bat Masterson, and outlaws followed suit like Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid, giving the derby hat somewhat of a tough-guy image.
Who better to buck the trend than, John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, who often wore a bowler hat.
In December bowler hats are popular and make sure when popping into a meeting if you choose to wear a hat as part of good customer service make sure you take it off.