Is Top Hat the tallest?
Generally, Top Hats were shorter, about 13 cms tall, which only added about 2 cms to the wearer's overall height. To an onlooker, they still seem huge, mostly because the extra height is delivered in such an awe-inspiring, black shape.
You might think that no other classic style could reach the height of a Top Hat, but you’d be wrong! In the 1920s and 1930s, Fedoras were noticeably taller and wider than in later years. With the post-WW2 years came the prevalence of tapered, short crowns, which probably had more to do with cost-cutting than fashion. But in 1981, thirty years after the apparent death of the hat, Indiana Jones reminded us of how spectacular an unconstrained, 14 cms crown can be!
In the 21st century, it is still quite unusual to see a Fedora with such a wide, high crown. But thanks to diehard hat makers, their customers and shops like ours, they can be created.
Some Fedoras are sold straight from the hat block, known as Open Crown, which means the buyer can personalise the shape to his/her taste.