Top hats/walking sticks with suits

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@busyinboston:  I think it will look weird to have tophats and walking sticks  with a regular suit.

It looks costumey enough when worn with the proper clothing items, but with a suit it will look as if the “inner boy” excaped and made the accessory decisions.


Post # 4
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes, it will look ridiculous.  And the ones you rent aren’t real top hats, or walking sticks.  Normally the hats aren’t even wool felt, but plastic shells with some sort of fuzzy polymer sprayed on them.  If you want them as props for some goofy photos, go nuts; that sounds fun.  If he wants them for the ceremony, this is a rare instance where I will say that the bride should veto what the groom wants.  And this is coming from someone whose favourite possession is his silk plush top hat.  If you want real top hats, you’re looking at $300/ea if you’re lucky, but a tall hat is not meant to be worn with a short coat.  If he really, really wants a hat, a Homburg, Derby or Bowler (those two are the same hat) or Fedora are all good choices with a suit.

Or, persuade him to wear morning dress, and get a real top hat.  That’s what I think everyone should do, and how men should dress every day.  Stupid war reducing standards of formality!

Edit: If he’s wearing a proper Tuxedo, a black, or midnght blue, Homburg is the correct option.

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