Be the Best Dressed Guest: 5 Luxury Wedding Hats Styled 5 Beautiful Ways
17 Jun 2015
With wedding season in full swing, many guests are churning through their wardrobes in search of the perfect wedding outfit. Here is some inspiration from milliner, Alexandra Harper
You’ve got the wedding date in the diary, and with a long list of friends to accompany you and a photographer expected, a sweat is starting to form on your brow as you stare into your wardrobe with a sense of doom. It isn’t surprising that many guests turn to the high street ahead of the wedding season, and milliner Alexandra Harper is here to help.
Here, she talks us through 5 pieces from her latest collections and, most importantly, how to style them. The summer season is Alexandra's busiest time of year for designing and making one-off pieces for her celebrity clients, making her perfectly primed for style-focused advice for the contemporary hat wearer. Selecting key pieces from her Grecian-themed The Blessing of Antheia collection, Alexandra runs through what to pair with one of her exquisite creations:
1. Ella's Enchantment, £440
Part of the ‘Cinderella’ collection produced by Alexandra Harper Millinery in association with Disney UK. A mass of painted feather butterflies in hues of gradient blue and pink.
How to style it: “Without wanting to upstage the bride, let’s keep the rest of the ensemble fairly understated. I would love to see 'Ella’s Enchantment' sat atop a pink, drop-waist midi length dress with pleated skirt in silk chiffon, perhaps with floaty cap sleeves. A nude pump and a clutch in silver would complete this feminine look.”
2. Ella's Garden, £390
Part of the ‘Cinderella’ collection produced by Alexandra Harper Millinery in association with Disney UK; a pale pink, dupion silk pillbox with hand-tooled dupion silk flowers in light and dusty pinks with sculptured ostrich and pheasant feathers.
How to style it: “I would love to see this soft piece paired with something harder like Alexander McQueen’s corset-style laser-cut, sleeveless leather knee-length dress in burgundy from the 2015 Resort collection. It would perfectly off-set the pink hues and feathers. A lace-up pump with a delicate mid to high heel would be perfect and I would team the look with a soft metallic gold or pearl-encrusted clutch.”
3. Antheia's Crown, £140
A cream dupion silk headpiece with feather spray and metallic flowers.
How to style it: “This headpiece could top a variety of looks, but I would love to see it with a smart one-piece jumpsuit, to give the feminine sweep of feathers an edgier push. Perhaps a silk chiffon jumpsuit in a snakeskin print with spiky black heels.”
4. Goddess Adornment, £280
Silver leather headband-style headpiece with silver cotton and acrylic braids.
How to style it: “The Goddess Adornment headpiece is an ideal head topper for understated style. The volume is kept minimal, but the light-catching silver will enhance a relaxed flowing dress. Go for the full goddess look in pristine white and finish the ensemble with heeled lace-up sandals.”
5. Olive Branch, £290
Silk silvery-grey headpiece, hand-beaded with silver balls, topped off in hand-cut black leather and patent vinyl leaves.
How to style it: “The Olive Branch headpiece screams vintage glamour. I would love to see it with a two-piece suit - a tailored jacked and pencil skirt in black or even a monochrome pattern, sky-high silver pumps or black patent pumps to echo the hand-cut leaves on the piece, and a slash of red on the lips.”