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Top hats are essential accessories in the male wardrobe: both in the case of a ceremony and in everyday life, these hats are considered the classic ceremonial hat or for exclusive events, in which to dare with a flashy outfit.
The name Cilindro (or Tuba) designates a vast range of hats with a cylindrical shape; born in 1800, this headdress undergoes several changes in the height of the cap, from very high to medium to low. The central part of the top hats is generally deformed and tightens thus making the headgear appear upwards while the brim is narrow and raised at the sides.
Originally made of beaver felt, this hat was for many years made by covering the felt base with fabrics such as shiny silk or canetta.
Choosing the top hat that best suits your needs is a very important phase and must be faced with great attention: both in the case of a formal ceremony and a more informal occasion, this hat must be perfectly in tune with your clothing.
For more formal looks, the choice will be directed towards plain-colored fabrics and with the classic taller top hat, decorated with a belt and edges in shiny silk; a different choice instead if the use is purely worldly: in this case the choice will fall on something that reflects one's style and with colors to match one's outfit.
It is also necessary to pay attention to the seasonality in which you want to use this accessory: in fact, in the cold seasons the choice of the top hat will fall on a heavier fabric such as felt and possibly waterproof, while in the case of a summer hat we can choose light fabrics with colors brighter, flashy patterns or with historical patches.
Choosing the correct hat size is always a critical moment also because each hat made with craftsmanship and then sold in hats have very different sizes compared to the classic ones to which clothing stores have become accustomed.
The sizes for hats are calculated in centimeters and range from size 55 (the smallest) up to 62 (the largest); to understand which is the most suitable size for us we need to follow an extremely simple and quick procedure.
To calculate your correct hat size, all you need to do is take a tailor's tape measure, measure the circumference of your head keeping the tape measure just one centimeter above your ears, which is the point where your hat will fit perfectly.
If you do not have a tailor's meter, you can calculate the size simply using a piece of string, a string or a lace of your shoes: in the same procedure as before, calculate the circumference with the meter, mark with a pen or a felt-tip pen at the point where the two parts of the lace meet, after which with a ruler or a normal meter measure the lace.