On the seventh day of Steampunk Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Seven Splendid Hats!
Hats are the crowning glory of a steampunk outfit. Most steampunk hats are riffs off of conventional Victorian era hats with steampunk alterations that can range from simple to outrageous.
The Top Hat: The standard men’s hat of the Victorian era was worn by all social classes.
Here’s a standard top hat, with the conventional addition of goggles. This is my personal steampunk hat with my home-made goggles.
But you can get fancier:
And in steampunk, top hats aren’t limited to men:
Not to mention the “tiny top hat” fascinator
Bowler hats: Bowlers became popular towards the end of the Victorian Era into the Edwardian. Like top hats, they’re endlessly modified for steampunk outfits.
The Pith Helmet is required if you’re an explorer or adventurer. There are two types: the wider-brimmed safari type, and the British Raj military type.
And, of course, the plain hat can be accessorized as well, like this one by the talented Thomas Willeford.
Last, but certainly not least, is the flying cap, necessary for all good airship captains and crew.
While this list of seven (plus one extra) hats doesn’t exhaust the possibilities for steampunk headware, it should give you a good place to start.
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