How to Choose the Correct Hat to Wear to a Wedding

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Whether you happen to be a guest or the Mother of the Bride, here are a few tips to use when it comes to choosing a hat.

Knowing the right type of hat for a wedding can sometimes be tricky. This is because the dress-code may vary dependent on whether the wedding is a formal, church, bohemian or informal wedding. Here are a few top tricks and tips you can use to choose the correct styling and hat.

The Mother Of The Bride

The Mother of the Bride plays a significant role on the day of the wedding and you need to ensure you feel confident and comfortable when wearing a hat. Keep in mind that you will be spending a large amount of your time greeting and meeting guests and having photographs taken. You need to make sure that your face is visible from under the brim of the hat. For this reason, you may want to choose a perching-hat or side-sweep hat.

The Mother Of The Groom

Traditionally, none of the guests at weddings should outshine the hosts. For this reason, the Mother of the Groom should choose a smaller hat than the Mother of the Bride, like the cocktail hats. Should the groom and bride be the hosts of the wedding, the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom have the option to wear what they like when it comes to hats.

Guests At A Traditional Church Wedding

For church weddings in a city or town, you will probably choose a structured and formal outfit to reflect such an occasion. You may want to compliment your outfit will a tailored and simple style like the pillbox hats to finish the look.

Guests At An Outdoor Country Wedding

If you have been invited to a summer countryside wedding, you can choose a bohemian style comfortable hat that will reflect the more relaxed theme of this event. If you choose to wear your hair-down, this may be the ideal occasion to choose a floppy and stylish hat and allow those locks to flow.

Evening Guests

Headwear for evening guests should be glamourous and elegant like a headpiece, comb or a cocktail hat that features sparkle.

Tips To Use To Choose The Right Type Of Hat For You

• Your hat needs to compliment your overall look, which means you should be choosing an outfit first. A milliner is able to assist you in choosing a hat in the correct proportion, size and colour to match your outfit. If you are shopping for a hat on High Street, make sure you take along your outfit.

• When selecting a hat for the day of the wedding, keep in mind your silhouette as a whole and ensure that your hat is the right size to balance and compliment your look. An example of this is balancing a full 1950s style-skirt using a wide-brimmed hat. If you are after a structured appeal, rather choose one of the cocktail hats.

• The hat that you decide on should complement the shape of your face. If your face is round choose angular hats that cut across your face, or you can soften an angular face using rounded hats that feature a soft trim. If your face is long, look for movement or softness in the hat like an adorned-headband or feathers. For a square face look for the asymmetric hats that balance the jawline. If you your face is heart-shaped, you can choose from any type of style that you like.

• Choose the right colour and you will look sensational as well as knock off several years from your actual age. Avoid trying to match the hat colour to your outfit. Provided the colour is able to complement one shade in your outfit or one of your accessories, you will look beautiful. What really matters is to choose the shade that matches your complexion.

• To make sure that you show off your hat to its fullest potential, your hair should be worn away from the face or up. Avoid wearing sunglasses when you wear a hat.