Stand out from the crowd
Hats offer all sorts of photo opportunities but in reality there are a few rules of engagement. Unless you have the confidence to adorn yourself with the over-the-top headdressing of the recently deceased Isabella Blow (pictured right, wearing a hat by Irish milliner Philip Treacy) the style solution is to keep a sense of balance in what you wear. If your plumage is fussy then keep the hat simple. If the dress or ensemble is simple you can go overthe-top with your headwear choices.
If you plan to have wonderful hair on the day, then let that be your crowning glory, keep other accoutrements to a minimum. Opt for facinators instead of a full-blown hat. “Facinators, little clips of adorning feathers, are the on-trend style solution,” says Tamarisk Doyle. “Hats really are a bit more dated.” And if you’re small, opt for a headdress that gives you height rather than girth. A wide-brimmed option will just make you look like a mushroom. Equally, those blessed with height should choose wide-brimmed styles. Aim for something dramatically simple. Think Kirstin Scott Thomas in Four Weddings and a Funeral or Eliza Doolittle's Edwardian elegance in My Fair Lady.