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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.

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