HATS
  • A brim width in line with your shoulders is always flattering
  • Avoid down-turn brims if you wear glasses
  • Place a hat straight on first, then tilt slightly to one side
  • Fit is all important, a tight hat will pinch & leave a mark on your forehead, a loose fit will gradually drop to your eyebrows!
  • If you have long hair, experiment with sweeping it back or up
  • A black hat is a classic - but try stronger make-up as a dark colour next to the face can be draining
  • Balance a round face with a sharper brim/crown
  • Balance a long face with a wide brim & avoid tall crowns
  • Balance a square face with a rounded crown/brim 
 
FASCINATORS
  • Wear a fascinator on your parting side
  • Choose a colour that contrasts with your hair
  • Saucer styles work well with glasses or fringes
  • Combs are easy to hide & give flexibility in where you position your fascinator
  • Headbands are ideal if you don't want to worry about where a fascinator sits, as it's already fixed in place
 
OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER
  • Are you travelling? How much room do you have for a hatbox?
  • Downturn brims are very elegant - but may cast a shadow on photographs, ditto veils
  • Have an umbrella to hand - occasion hats are often formed using steam & don't like the rain!
 
 
 
 
YOUR OUTFIT
  • Think about linking your hat to either your shoes or bag for a co-ordinated look
  • Is your outfit tailored? Go for a brim or cocktail hat with structure
  • Is your outfit floaty? Look for feathers which are light & have movement
  • Try your headwear on with heels, they alter your proportions
  • Try your headwear on with your jacket/coat, to see how it works with the neckline
  • Is any part of your outfit a "statement", perhaps jewellery, shoes or dress? Choose headwear that is quieter and doesn't fight with it, perhaps a block colour

 
"ABOVE ALL, A HAT OR HEADPIECE SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE TO WEAR & COMPLIMENT YOU AND YOUR OUTFIT"