Do you have bad Hat-Etiquette? 10 top wedding hat tips

14 Jun 2017

With wedding season upon us, it's time to up your hat game with these 10 hat-iquette tips 

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Headwear can be both a stylistic and social minefield, with many ladies opting for unflattering styles or oversized, ceremony-obscuring numbers. Expert milliner and Airbnb experience host Sarah-Jayne, who trained with the masters and has dressed the heads of ladies from London to Paris, details how to find the perfect match. 

1. Pastels, florals and lace

This season we are seeing a lot of soft lace and floral designs in blush tones, so pastels teamed with cream or off-white will no doubt be a great choice for a summer wedding.

2. Don’t go overboard with accessories

A statement necklace with a detailed headpiece will look too fussy, so opt for one or the other.

3. Bridesmaids don’t always have to be matching

Colour co-ordinated fascinators with touches of personal flair allow personalities to stand out, without ruining the pictures.

4. For wedding guests

Don’t be scared of choosing a brightly coloured headpiece but make sure to keep the width and height within shoulder width; you don’t want to block grandad’s view of the altar.

5. Flatter a long face shape

If you have a long face, balance out the length by wearing a hat that sits to the side with a wider brim. A squarer face shape is often softened by rounded styles or a veil; don’t be afraid to try a variety of styles and see which works best for you.

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6. Choose your best side

It is personal choice which side to wear your fascinator, but I’d suggest wearing it on the side where your hair parts - with the fullest side of your hair on show.

7. Don't drown your frame

If you’re petite, a delicate feather fascinator or a smaller sized headpiece tilted to one side, which isn’t wider than your shoulders, will work well.

8. Those with a round face shape

Balance it out with a headpiece containing long feather quills or sinamay twists, this will add height and elevation, elongating your face.

9. Heart or oval face shapes

Ladies with a heart or oval-shaped face are lucky enough to be able to wear almost any shaped hat, so try out your adventurous side and go for something outrageous.

10. Add a contemporary twist

Modern disc-style hats, like pill-box fascinators, are soaring in popularity. These are secured in place by a comb or on satin covered hairbands that can easily be disguised in your hair, a great look for summer weddings.