There is nothing quite like a formal hat to bring out the gentleman in any guy. Typically reserved for special events (think: wedding, funeral or black/white tie), the formal hat is a solid wardrobe investment. These three styles will suit all of your formal hat needs.
A top hat is a tall, flat-crowned, wide-brimmed hat that was worn extensively until the middle of the 20th century. Since then, it has fallen out of favor in every day wear and is typically reserved for the most formal of occasions such as church weddings, derby horse racing events or white tie occasions. This classic top hat has a slightly shorter crown than the typical Stovepipe hat, measuring in at 5”, making it budget friendly and yet still appropriate for formal occasions. Adorned with a grosgrain band and bound 2” brim edges, this top hat will have you looking dapper in no time.
The Derby/Bowler hat has earned its place in formal hat history by being a go-to for formal occasions when a top hat was too much. Originally designed for the working class in Britain, this hat worked its way up the social ladder to become the dress code of the Queen’s Guard. The hat eventually made its way to the U.S. where it was known as the “bowler.” This vintage derby is made from a soft fur felt material, naturally more durable than basic wool. It features an all black exterior, complimented by a 12 ligne grosgrain band and a jet-black feather. Wearing this vintage style hat is a great way to declare your own fashion sense.
The classic Homburg hat holds a special place in hat history and today’s modern hat fashion. The Homburg was the original formal hat, out-pacing the top hat and the derby across Europe and America for formal occasions for many years. More recently, the hat was dubbed “the Godfather” in popular American culture and is most associated with Notorious B.I.G. wearing a classic Homburg in various public appearances and performances. This Homburg has a 100% felt wool body, 2 ¼” brim, 4” crown and is made in the U.S.A. You can reserve this for formal events such as a wedding or break it out for a casual event where you will be sure to stand out from the crowd.