Bowler hats dating them

11-Jul-2017 17:13

Yesterday in my St James’s Street club (a gentleman never says which), a suspiciously new-looking bowler hat was hanging from one of the solid, Victorian brass coat-hooks polished daily by our devoted family of servants. It caved in, leaving an embarrassing dent, which I hastily bashed out from the inside while no one was looking. It was in the Seventies that I started wearing a bowler, when I was a ­­newspaper reporter in Leeds.

I wondered whether this was one of the bowlers that Austin Reed, out­fitters to all and sundry, have just announced they are introducing as part of their range of Cool Britannia fashion accessories for the man about town. They were a common sight among ­businessmen in the wool trade.

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They also wore tight trousers and waistcoats, with high upstanding collars and neckties tied around them. Tiered cape-jackets were fashionable, as were paisley patterned shawls.

Deep bonnets were worn and hair was swept into buns or side coils from a centre parting.

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White lace was popular for collars and cuffs, as were low sloping shoulders that flared out into wide sleeves.

And, it is the bowler’s new-found ­popularity that has encouraged Austin Reed to stock it for the first time in 12 years.

These days, the ladies are ­wearing the bowler, too. In the 1840s, Edward Coke, the brother of the second Earl of Leicester, had a problem.

High fastening and tight fitting frock coats were also very fashionable; though a new style called the sack coat (a thigh-length, loosely fitted jacket) became popular.

The bowler hat was invented around 1850, but was generally seen as a working class hat, while top-hats were favoured by the upper classes.

White lace was popular for collars and cuffs, as were low sloping shoulders that flared out into wide sleeves.

And, it is the bowler’s new-found ­popularity that has encouraged Austin Reed to stock it for the first time in 12 years.

These days, the ladies are ­wearing the bowler, too. In the 1840s, Edward Coke, the brother of the second Earl of Leicester, had a problem.

High fastening and tight fitting frock coats were also very fashionable; though a new style called the sack coat (a thigh-length, loosely fitted jacket) became popular.

The bowler hat was invented around 1850, but was generally seen as a working class hat, while top-hats were favoured by the upper classes.

On the other hand, London is energetic and trendy and makes Paris look like a theme park.