Top hats and bowlers and boaters, oh my! From the red carpet to the runway, the mini hat has been popping up on the crowns of more than a few fab heads, including the new Lover lookbook and Marc Jacobs current collection, just to name a few. Also known as the cocktail hat, these miniature chapeaux were once worn at weddings and horse races to decorate a protesting hairdo. Lately, we've seen them on the likes of such fashion forward ladies as Alexa Chung in her campaign for New Look, but—though precious—these little guys have an uncanny ability to turn the best of quirky intentions into a circus costume. So, let us know. Are little hats the next big accessory? Or are they a big mistake?
Above, clockwise from left: Alexa Chung, photo via New Look, shot by Matt Irwin; Monsoon Accessorize Ascot Mini Top Hat With Feather Spray, $46, available at monsoon.co.uk; Blue Hat, photo via Fashion And Caffeine; Chapeau Claudette Mini Peach Top Hat, $64, available at Pixie Market; Lani Nguyen, photo via Sugar Rock Catwalk, shot by Steven Chu.
Above, clockwise from left: Forever 21 Mini Hat Feather Hair Clip, $17, available at Forever21.com; Chapeau Claudette Mini Felt Trilby Hat, $55, available at visorette.com; Chapeau Claudette Pink And Lilac Tulle Mini Hat, $39, available at Pixie Market; Wet Seal Top Hat Headband, $8, available at Wet Seal; Coast Mini Top Hat Fascinator, $49, available at ASOS