to wear... as in casually. Like they did in the 1800s and 1900s.
Funny thing is, I just started watching Downton Abbey, which is so good. And though I dislike very much the character Mary in the show, I gave her mad props for wearing a top hat. Sybil is also see with a top hat. My desire for a top hat spawned long before watching this, but now more than ever I am determined to wear one too.