How to Draw a Top Hat

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“There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.”
Frosty the Snowman, classic Christmas song

What is a top hat? Originally made of beaver fur, these hats have a broad brim and a tall, flat-topped crown.

Top hats are also called high hats, silk hats, cylinder hats, chimney pot hats, stovepipe hats, or toppers.

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Top hats were popular headwear for men from the late 1700s through the 1950s. Today, they are still worn for certain formal occasions and as a costume item.

Top hats have also played a role in popular culture. Abraham Lincoln, former president of the United States, was famous for wearing a tall top hat.

In the story of Frosty the Snowman, it is a silk top hat that brings the character to life.

Magicians are also known for wearing top hats, and for the trick of pulling a rabbit out of the hat.

In 1935, a musical film called Top Hat began a classic film legacy – it was the first of ten musicals to star the famous dancing duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. And yes, the film included plenty of dancers wearing top hats.

Would you like to draw your very own fancy top hat? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing guide.

All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Elf on the Shelf, Scarf, and Cookies.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Top Hat

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two slightly curved lines. Notice that one line is longer than the other, and that they are on a slightly diagonal slant toward each other. These lines form the sides of the crown of the hat.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 2

2. Draw a large horizontal oval to connect the lines at the top. This forms the top of the hat’s crown.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 3

3. Use a long curved line to connect the lines at the bottom. Notice the bulge on one side. This forms the bottom of the hat’s crown.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 4

4. Draw a long curved line parallel to the bottom of the hat’s crown. This forms the hatband. Then, use three short lines to enclose a curved rectangular shape at the back of the hatband.

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How to Draw Top Hat: Step 5

5. Begin to draw the brim of the hat using a curved line. Extend the line from the back of the hat’s crown, just above the hatband.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 6

6. Continue to extend the curved line, following the curve of the hat’s crown. The brim of the hat is now three fourths complete.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 7

7. Complete the brim of the hat, using a curved line to connect the existing line to the front of the hat’s crown.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 8

8. Draw a long curved line just inside the brim of the hat, parallel to the existing line.

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How to Draw Top Hat: Step 9

9. Texture the hat. Use curved lines of different lengths to texture the top of the crown and the front and back of the brim. Then, use cross hatching – lines set at perpendicular angles, like a tic tac toe board – on the side of the crown, the hatband, and the brim.

How to Draw Top Hat: Step 10

Color your top hat. Traditionally, many top hats, such as those placed on a snowman, are black in color. Brown is another popular color. Be creative! Color your hat to match any outfit or costume.

You’ll find more clothing drawing tutorials among our man made objects drawing guides. Or, create a character to wear your hat using our people drawing guides. With pencil and paper in hand, the possibilities are endless!

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