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One of your best friends has invited you to his wedding. It’s his day and all about him, so the last thing you’ll want to do is upstage him. All the same, you know he is a stylish guy, and what you turn up wearing will say a whole bunch not just about you, but about him also.
Roll up looking like you’ve been working in the garden and he’ll probably never forgive you. If you want to do what you can to make his day special, you’ll need to make a special effort too. Here are a few items you’ll want to be seen in:
1. Suit and Handkerchief
It goes without saying that you should don your best and most appropriate suit for the big occasion, but you’d be amazed by how much difference you can make to the finished article by rounding it off with a subtle but distinctive pocket adornment. A handkerchief or a pocket square brings out your jacket and makes all the difference between perfunctory and striking.
A set of snazzy men’s suspenders always brings out a fashionable, well-pressed shirt and emphasizes your impressive, well-honed masculine physique. They can be in X-shape or Y-shape, wide or narrow, according to taste – and, of course, to suit your outfit.
Men’s suspenders are great groomsmen accessories and can be the difference between bland and confident, understated, or outspoken. When it comes to adding a touch of style, never underestimate them.
Necktie or bow tie? When you come to make this decision you will usually need some guidance from your host. Bow ties can easily look out of place if there isn’t an element of uniformity about them, although when all the male guests are wearing one there is seldom a better look.
When a bow tie isn’t called for a necktie is a must. As long as it isn’t too garish the only real requirement is that it is smart and goes with the rest of your outfit. Use a tie pin to hold it together.
There’s an old saying that you can tell the measure of a man by the shoes he wears. These days casual shoes and trainers are commonplace but needless to say they are totally inappropriate at a wedding. Color is important, but mostly so because it needs to be in keeping with the rest of your outfit.
Brogues are a good choice and are widely available in most shades of black or brown.
Sunglasses can be cool, but in the wrong environment, they can look pretentious or absurd. Consider whether your shades are conducive to the occasion. Will you be mostly indoors or outdoors? Is it summer or winter? Look smooth, but most of all, look right.
Cuff links can make a good quality shirt look really special. Don’t go for anything too outlandish, and wear them only if your outfit deserves them. If you paid a dollar for your shirt at the market then nothing will highlight the fact like a pair of gleaming links.
Wearing a men’s dress outfit for a wedding may normally mean having to wear a tie, a fancy watch, and men’s dress hats. However, if you want to look stylish, men’s formal wear isn’t complete without partnering it with a nice, snappy-looking hat.
However, with so many men’s dress hats to choose from, you’ll want to know what you should consider when buying one so that you can come out dressed in style for any anniversary or wedding.
Men’s Dress Hats
Some of those considerations are as follows:
Depends on the Clothes
If you’re choosing a hat for a wedding or a couple’s celebration, it’s very important to understand that not one hat fits all – the same way accessories such as dress watches and ties choose the best outfit.
Here’s a quick guide when choosing a hat for a particular outfit to pull off that great stylish look to compliment your partner (or you might even find one with your new style):
1. Fedoras give you a sharp look without needing a tie
One of the major advantages of wearing a fedora is how it can become a staple addition to your stylish wedding wear. Fedora crowns usually crease on the top and pinch at the front. They’re characterized by wide and sturdy brims of around two inches, but flexible enough to bend.
Fedoras are the best fit with formal attire, and as such, you can easily wear this with a suit and tie for a formal wedding reception, and fedoras with blazers and almost any shirt work, too, for more casual couples showers and bachelor parties.
2. Trilby helps you look trendy
If you want to go for a trendy look while wearing either skinny jeans, a turtleneck, or a cardigan, or even a sharp suit, then go for trilbies. They also enhance the look of anyone wearing vests and bowties, making it perfect to stand out in more social couple celebrations such as anniversaries and casual receptions. Trilbies normally have taller crowns, with wider bands and narrower brims.
3. Pork Pie helps you lose the tie
If you’re tired of using ties, then the pork pie hat is a good replacement. You can use a turtleneck or a collarless jacket with dress jeans and dress slacks in the pork pie hat and you’d still get that clean yet sophisticated look.
This is perfect for weddings and other couples’ events with a non-traditional theme, so you can stand out without going too far out of the theme.
4. Derby and the Homburg gives you a classic look
If you’re into old-school fashion, formal attire or a Sunday suit goes perfect with a derby or a homburg. These fit best with a three-piece or two-piece suit alongside a sharp tie, or even just a blazer with one or two buttons. This hat works best with black-tie events, formal weddings, and traditional wedding setups.
Depends on the Face
If you’re choosing a hat, also try to consider your build and your facial features before fully pursuing your hat choice. This is becoming some hats can be pulled off by the right kind of face shape, such as:
1. Just the right fit
If you’re buying men’s dress hats, make sure the hat itself isn’t too loose or too tight. The hat should be just at the top of your ears and not above or more than a finger’s width. The brim should be just above the eyebrow, and try to cock the dress hat over to the side to get that flair for that special event.
2. Assess your face for your hat
Aside from the stylistic options above, it’s important to remember that hats fit best with certain faces. For example, slimmer and longer faces work best with hats with wider brims like fedoras. Meanwhile, rounder and smaller faces work best with hats with higher crowns like trilbies. This is a good tip to consider if you’re wearing a hat to a wedding.
Sporting men’s dress hats used to be the norm throughout much of human history until the 1950s when they started going out of fashion. However, they’ve been slowly returning ever since they started appearing once again in menswear fashion shows and on top of the heads of a few well-known male singers.
Thus, you should get yourself a men’s dress hat with the above-listed considerations to bear in mind when buying one. You might find yourself becoming the talk of the town after wearing a men’s dress hat in style at whichever social occasion you’re attending.
Carson Finkle serves as the CEO for Tenth Street Hats, and through his marketing and sales training aims to push the California-based company towards becoming a powerhouse in its niche. As a team-oriented person with a penchant for making connections.
Carson combines his business acumen and strong analytical skills with his communication skills to solve business problems and form fruitful relationships with both businesses and consumers at the same time. Tenth Street Hats takes its name from the original 10th Street and Broadway warehouse in Oakland California.
Where it remains to be an integral part of the Northern California culture even 100 years into the future. Tenth Street Hats, despite being a family-run organization, also makes sure the entire team has a bond akin to a real family. This also helped them maintain relationships with cutting-edge designers and expert craftsmen to deliver quality products.