The Bowler has had varying degrees of importance in British culture. It was popular within the working class during the 19th century and from the early 20th century it became a favourite with businessmen in the financial districts. The tradition of businessmen wearing Bowler hats ended in the 1970s. However, the hat is still associated with a British gentleman wearing it along with an accessory such as an umbrella .
In popular culture, the Bowler hats have had a lot of presence. This hat model is frequently seen in film classics like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy as well as Mary Poppins.
Bowler hats were also very popular in countries other than Britain. In Western movies, we often see cowboys wearing the iconic cowboy hat with wide curved brims. In reality, these hats were very rare in the American West during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The hats actually worn by real cowboys were Bowler hats. They were made for the purpose of riding. They didn't fall off as easily and they kept their shape really well.