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Question: Which is the preferred covering for ones brain cage?
Bowler - 43 (43%)
Top Hat - 57 (57%)
Total Voters: 78

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ChromaticTheory
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« on: November 02, 2007, 06:40:49 am »

I currently sport a bowler, but have always loved top hats. Also if anyone knows of a good place around Los Angeles where one could obtain such things on a budget I would be much obliged.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007, 06:43:03 am »

A top hat just doesn't look right on my head
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2007, 06:53:15 am »

Hats in general is not my preferred wear, though I love them. But, alas, my large head makes it hard to find well-fitting hats.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007, 06:56:44 am »

I have the opposite problem, my head is on the smallish side. A little easier to deal with since i can simply wear some extra layers inside the hat to get the fit right.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 09:01:33 am »

I love both - my husband prefers the Top Hat on his noggin. I own both a bowler and a Funeral styled Top Hat (with losts of ribon and netting veil). But the bowler would be more practical when "out-a-raiding" as the veil on the Top Hat would obscure my sight methinks!!! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007, 12:47:25 pm »

Don't forget the trilby, the boater, the fedora, the homburg, the newsboy cap, the flat cap, the wide-awake, the pork-pie, the cowboy hat...and those are just tradtionally "mens" styles! Cheesy

(Leave it to the milliner to make things complicated.)
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007, 01:35:55 pm »

Complicated it may be but La Bricoleuse speaks the truth. I currently own approximately 15 hats,
 only 1 of which is a Top Hat & none of which are Bowlers.
I have voted Top Hat on that basis but would have appreciated more options. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2007, 01:44:18 pm »

Has to be a Topper....
Just the thing for riding in and draping with veils to prevent fly splat...
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2007, 02:54:07 pm »

I have both, and depending upon the rest of the clothing, I choose appropriately.
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2007, 04:35:23 pm »

Top hats are the only way to go. Bowlers are worn mainly by creatures composed of feces. I am quite adamant on this subject.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007, 04:54:49 pm »

As fo this mighty lump of feces, I prefer the bowler. Or as we in the colonies call them, the derby.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2007, 08:15:40 pm »

I b'aint be 'igh enough class to be wearin' a topper, zur. 
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007, 08:30:46 pm »

I am in agreement with La Bricoleuse, there are many styles of hats. As for my collection, I own somewhere in the reaches of... 25 hats? One of which is a bowler, but because quality toppers are so bloody expensive, I have yet to get myself one.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2007, 09:27:47 pm »

Ah, don't mistake the question! I too have a variety of hats. It just seems that in the majority of photographs on these here forums mens hats take one of two forms, the Bowler or the Top Hat. I have seen a few others, but those two strike me as the mainstays of the Steampunk style.
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2007, 09:54:30 pm »

There's a good few pith helmets out there too Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007, 10:00:04 pm »

I currently sport a bowler, but have always loved top hats. Also if anyone knows of a good place around Los Angeles where one could obtain such things on a budget I would be much obliged.

"around Los Angeles" is a little vague, what with the area of our city and county, but... There used to be (I believe it is still there, but it has been close to a year since I've passed it, now living in Anaheim) a /really/ excellent hat shop on Colorado, in Pasadena. Right down the street from City Hall.
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2007, 12:19:06 am »

Yeh sees, guv, iss like Prof Brockwerf sez: I haint got veh class teh be wearin' wunna vem fancy-pants 'ats. Issa sim-pull cap on moiay 'ed t'be keepin me lookin respckable.
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ChromaticTheory
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2007, 07:47:02 am »

I live on the Westside, but for a good hat at a decent price I would put in the mileage. More searching on The Google will be needed I suppose.
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2007, 05:16:39 pm »

Found them, stuffed them HERE as the link was scary looking.
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2007, 06:14:42 pm »

Neither! I wear a floppy newsboy cap. Grin

But let it be known that I also own both a topper and a bowler, and I do like them both muchly. I just prefer the more casual hat most days.
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2007, 04:39:20 pm »

I am guilty of owning two top hats and a derby.  One of the top hats is a cheesy prop-looking one, but the derby is fantastic.  I don't often wear it, though.  My husband is partial to a tophat.  The shorter bowlers and derbys look rather silly on him as he is on the tall side.  Unfortunately we've lost his fedora and have yet to find a suitable replacement that fits him.  Sad

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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2007, 04:42:51 pm »

I have a cat whose name is Derby...so that's where my loyalties lie.
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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2007, 05:21:40 pm »


     My husband favours newsboy caps; I have a black wool felt bowler with a crushed black velvet ribbon and rose.

     Vienna
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2007, 07:07:18 pm »

there's more then two steampunk hats, what about the derby, the flatcap, the flying helmet? to name but a few...
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« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2007, 07:29:57 pm »

I have a fedora and news boy cap, but I'm planning to get me a top hat too. I love hats! I want to have as many different ones as possible!
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