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Hatting Picks by Sophie Halbert

By Guest Writers on Jul 30 2014

The Summer Wedding

It’s so rare that you have the option of wearing a fabulous headpiece in everyday life; attending a wedding is an opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and a fantastic excuse to try something eye-catching and different.

My BuyMyWardrobe fascinator top picks include this Vivien Sheriff fascinator. The sophisticated black trim sets off the pale pink of the fascinator. The curled feathers and lace are finished off beautifully with black dot veiling.

If you’re looking for something informal without veiling, this fuchsia pink feather fascinator is a fun option. It would be fabulous worn with bright block colours, and you could choose pink accessories to match.

I also love this Elan Lewis black hat with a contrasting pheasant feather running across it. This could work well for an evening out paired with a little black dress and contrasting colour heels.

Here are my fascinator facts to bear in mind before choosing your headwear.

  • Traditionally fascinators are worn on the right side of the head, but of course it’s entirely up to you how you choose to style yours.

  • Think about how your fascinator is attached, either with a clip, headband or comb. These elements will prove important when choosing your hairstyle for the day as well as how you style your parting.

  • Take into consideration the colours of your outfit and whether you want them to blend or pop, depending upon your look. Most women will choose their dress first and work everything around that. It’s a good starting point and may even lead you to a colour you hadn’t considered for your fascinator.

  • Often, fascinators will have veiling. Decide whether this will work for you on the day. This may influence your choice of makeup and jewellery. Bear in mind your accessories and perhaps coordinate them with your fascinator.

The Pop Of Colour

Seeking a simple way to bring a pop of colour to your everyday outfits? There is no better way to do so than with a bold hat. This Yves Saint Laurent red wide rim hat from the Rive Gauche collection is made from felt with a sumptuous black velvet ribbon trim. Team with denim or dressed up with a suit for work, this hat is timeless.

The Holiday Hat

The floral rose design around the brim of this Bea & Evie summer hat will bring some holiday glamour to your airport style. The woven straw body easily translates from the plane to the beach.

The Winter Warmer

It may seem a little premature to be thinking of what to wear in the snow, but if you love anything fluffy, you won’t be able to resist this next hat. You can only imagine how gorgeous the Mongolian Lambskin feels on this Kat Donoghue Cossack hat. Your head will feel snug, cosy and most importantly chic! Who said it was too early to plan your winter wardrobe?!

The Gift

You can’t go wrong with classic black when choosing a hat as a gift; it’s flattering and will go with everything. This black felt Armani hat is the ideal choice. If your recipient is nervous about wearing a hat, the cloche shape and simplistic style will be a great place to start.
Image of Armani black felt hat.

If the person you’re buying for enjoys wearing hats, why not go for this Eugenia Kim Rabbit Felt Trilby in pretty lavender. With Eugenia Kim’s signature style of contemporary, feminine and playful hats sold in luxury retailers around the world, she is internationally recognised as a highly respected milliner and accessories designer. At just £85, this hat with its gorgeous lilac felt and multi colour-way ribbon is a steal!

One final note - don’t afraid of being different and trying something new when choosing a hat. Hats are a chance to be creative and express yourself in whatever way you choose. Personally, I don’t go anywhere without one! As milliner Stephen Jones says of a hat, “It’s the cherry on the cake, the dot on the ‘I’, the exclamation mark, the fashion focus.”

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