If you and your bride are planning a formal, black-tie wedding, you simply must begin shopping for a top hat to go with your tuxedo. It's considered traditional for men to wear top hats in formal weddings, and the hat can give you a feeling of elegance and self-confidence that will be so attractive on your wedding day.
A top hat is designed to fit tight around the top of your head. Before you do shopping of any sort, measure the circumference of your head. Use a fabric tape measure, and keep that tape measure right above your eyebrows. Write the measurement down in both inches and millimeters. You'll be ready to shop both online and in the stores when you know how large your head is.
Many tuxedo rental shops have racks and racks of top hats for you to choose from. This can be a great place for you to learn more about how high you'd like the hat to be. Most top hats are about 5 inches tall, but some can be much taller. Experiment with different heights until you find a height that seems comfortable enough to wear all day. If you already have your tuxedo picked out, make sure to bring the jacket or the vest with you as you shop. While you might think that the color black is basic and doesn't change very much, some black dies can seem lighter or more grey than others, and you don't want your hat to seem dim compared to your tuxedo. If your outfit is all black, your hat simply must match exactly. Online merchants also often sell tuxedo top hats, and you may find that these stores have a better selection of sizes and colors than the standard tuxedo shop or hat store, although you won't be able to compare black tints with ease. Now that you know what size and height you need for your top hat, you're fully prepared to shop online and make an informed purchase.
The classic tuxedo top hat is black and has a shiny surface. The base of the hat is encircled with a shiny ribbon, and the brim of the hat has a shallow roll. You will quickly and easily find many, many hats just like this in a variety of online shops and tuxedo rental shops. But, for a little variety, you can look for a tuxedo top hat that's a bit out of the ordinary. For example, consider buying yourself a tuxedo top hat in pearl white with a white ribbon. Buy your groomsmen top hats in black with black ribbons. You'll stand out from the crowd and make a fashion statement without breaking the rules of the black tie event. You can also buy top hats in pearl grey with black bands, which look particularly striking when worn with grey vests under black suit coats. Men who appreciate a good visual gag should consider top hats that collapse with a push of the button. You can snap your hat open and closed throughout the day when you want to see your bride flash her pretty smile in your direction.