Choosing a headpiece

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Race Days

Planning your outfit and getting dressed up is half the fun when you’re attending events like Cheltenham, Goodwood and Ascot! Wearing a hat has become synonymous with going to the races, so picking the perfect headpiece is important. Here are some tips to get you started…

Check the dress code

At Royal Ascot in particular, different enclosures have different rules. In some areas, huge hats are discouraged and in others going too small could mean you’ll be refused entry. 

Consider the season

Fabrics like straw and sinamay are perfect for spring/summer while felt and velvet are ideal for cooler weather. 

Comfort = confidence

Race day hats don’t have to be huge to make a statement. If you’re more comfortable wearing something small, and dress codes allow, go for it!  

Plan ahead

Summer is a busy time for Hat and Halo. The racing calendar starts in March and runs until September. There’s also weddings and an array of formal summer events, so I recommend picking your outfit and finding a hat to match ASAP. 

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Whether you’re the mother of the bride or groom or simply an excited guest planning a dreamy outfit, here’s some advice to help you choose the perfect hat for a wedding…

Consider the setting

It’s important to pick the right hat for the right place. A church wedding usually calls for something tailored and formal. Outdoor wedding ceremonies may require a headpiece with good staying power, just in case the wind picks up! If you’re an evening guest, I’d suggest something small and elegant. 

Get the colour right

You want your hat to sit well with your outfit, but as it’s next to your face, it also needs to work with your hair and skin tone. Pale colours and neutral tones tend to be a flattering choice for most people, but don’t be afraid to go for something more vibrant. 

Pick the perfect size

Large hats are striking and bold. Look for something that has a shallow brim at the front or can be worn at an angle to show off more of your face and make it easier to greet guests. Smaller hats, fascinators and halos work well if you’re planning to wear your hair in a looser or longer style.  

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