How to choose your wedding hat

16 Dec 2016

For the final touch to a guest’s wedding day outfit, a hat offers the perfect finishing flourish. Here, Katherine Elizabeth Millinery advises how to find one to suit your style

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Hats are a simple, effective and fabulous way to make you look more beautiful, stand taller and give you more confidence. Whether you’re a hat person or not, there’s no denying that a hat can complete a wedding day outfit. While accessories can dress up any ensemble, a hat can create a statement all of its very own. Katherine Elizabeth Millinery in London share their top tips for choosing your crowning glory.

1. Purchase your outfit

First and foremost, the best starting point in finding the right hat for you is by assessing your outfit or dress for the big day. Katherine Elizabeth Millinery takes a look at your overall look to assess your style, match colours and pick out unique points that can be picked up by your hat, thus ensuring a perfectly complementing selection process.


2. Wear hair up

It’s best to put your hair up when wearing a hat as this can help the hat to stay on – providing a foundation with which to pin your headpiece in place. If you want to wear your hair down, ask your hairdresser to fix your hat by creating a section of hair hidden beneath to secure it.

3. Place it on your parting side

Ensure your hairdresser places your hat on the same side as your parting so that your hair can be styled around it. 


4. Adopt an asymmetric slant

Wear your hat on an asymmetric slant for a more flattering position. This will ensure shadow is not cast across your entire face, allowing for a better photographic angle. Also, if you have a feature that you don’t like, you can use your hat to disguise it by placing it at a suitable angle, forcing a person’s eye to go straight to your hat.

5. Flatter your face shape

Take your face shape into account using the following guide:

  • A round-faced person should wear an asymmetric or square hat as this will add angles to balance a more feminine face shape.
  • Square-shaped faces should always wear a rounded hat or feathery hat to soften the frame of your face.
  • Never have a hat wider than your shoulders because this makes you look shorter.


Katherine Elizabeth Milinery hosts bridal showers where you can create and design your own headpiece for the wedding while enjoying afternoon tea and champagne. For more information, visit

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