Antique Hat for the Victorian Gentleman
The proper Victorian gentleman was not seen outdoors without a hat. The top hat was required for formal day and evening wear, but by the 1870s, a gentleman could choose from a variety of styles of headgear for informal wear. There was the bowler, the homburg, the derby – and for summer there were a variety of designs in straw hats. Fashionable styles were featured in an assortment of shades and shape in both soft and stiff hats, with selections in color, width of brim, height of crown and, of course, price. See examples of 1870s hats.