You have always thought that top hats were a fun and kind of kooky addition to men's formal wear. That was before you found out that they cost hundreds, or in some cases, thousands, of dollars. A real, formal top hat from a hat maker is a luxury item that most men will never own. If you have a special occasion where you would like to wear a top hat coming up, however, or if you have a costume that is in dire need of a top hat, there are cheaper hats available for you.
If you plan to wear a top hat with a costume for Halloween, Mardi Gras, or some kind of play, then Amazon is the way to go. You can pick up a felt top hat for under a buck. If you are willing to spend about ten dollars, you can choose from all sorts of colors and materials for your top hat. You can find white satin, purple velvet, and green cardboard. If you are willing to spend as much as fifty dollars, you can get a top hat that is nice enough for you to wear to a formal occasion. Make sure that when you order your top hat, you order it in an adult size, since many of them seem to be made for children.
If you have a special occasion coming up, like your wedding, for example, and you really want to wear a nice top hat for the night, then rent one instead of buying. Most places that rent out tuxedos also have top hats to rent out. If you are already renting something like a morning suit for your occasion, then your rental place may even have a top hat in stock that matches the suit perfectly.