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A Fascination with Hats

We have always been fascinated with hats; even when they have dropped out of fashion favour, we still admire those individuals who seem to be able to carry off any style and make hat wearing part of their everyday look. Of course a wedding is an ideal opportunity to join the hat wearers for a day, but with so much choice, where do you start?

Think about the style of the wedding first. If you know that it is going to be a very formal affair, then you should definitely consider a hat as opposed to a fascinator or you may feel underdressed. It pays to try on a variety of styles and shapes before choosing as some will suit your face shape better than others, but this is not something you can guess at, so always try before you buy. You can opt to hire a hat if you don’t think you will wear it again, but if you are the mother of the bride it might be something that you want to keep to remind you of a wonderful day when you looked and felt fabulous.

Bespoke hats make a statement and are sometimes real investment pieces, but you will have something unique that you can treasure for years, and this can be a good choice if you are wearing an unusual colour and want something to match. Don’t worry if matching an outfit is not your style, it is perfectly acceptable to wear an outfit of one colour and a hat of a different colour, or wear shades of colours for your outfit, shoes, handbag and headwear. The important thing is that the overall look works and you feel comfortable, otherwise you will be self-conscious and won’t look relaxed in the photographs.

If you are a creative type, consider making your own hat or fascinator. One of the most popular materials to use is sinamay, a coarse open weave material, which is similar to straw, but can be easier to work with. You could pick up a pre-owned hat quite cheaply and make it over, or start from scratch, depending on your skill level. Ready-made round bases are available, as are a wide variety of feathers, tulle, netting, lace and jewelled decorations, so you could make something really different to the other guests and at a fraction of the cost. There are lots of online tutorials to help you get started, and perhaps you could try it out as a hen night activity, but have a back-up plan in case the end results look a bit wonky, especially if you are also having a couple of glasses of wine!

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