Love them or hate them, they’ve become all the rage as accessories in much experimental dance and costume. Coming from the NeoVictorians and Steampunks, these hats are often tiny top hats attached to a headband or several pins in order for one to mount them onto one’s head— at a jaunty angle if so desired.
Decorated with feathers, lace and ribbons, many of a more industrial-revolutionary *cough*steampunk*cough* mind add things like cogs, compasses or watch parts in order to match an outfit.
One of the most wonderful features of the mini top-hat is that it allows the wearer to still create a fantastical hairstyle and not worry about mussing it.
Mini top-hats have gained such popularity that they are now sold in stores at your local mall— Claire’s and Forever 21 to name a few— but I recommend adding a bit of DIY flair if you choose to go that route. Pull out a hot glue gun and some feathers, lace or old buttons and it will soon be a hat unique to you AND expressing your individual style.