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Summer is the season for dressing up and special occasions - from a day at the races with friends to family weddings, there are lots of excuses to get glam!
 
Hats have been an accessory of the chic and sophisticated for decades but in recent years the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips Tindall, Katherine Jenkins, Dita Von Teese and even Lady Gaga have made hat-wearing current and fun.
 

A fabulous hat is the perfect way to give your look the WOW factor and there are a multitude of options to choose from, whether it's small and simple to fabulous and flamboyant - the question is, which to go for? 
 
This month we've collaborated with milliner Beth Hughes to offer you some expert advice on choosing the right headwear for your special occasion this Summer.

Key factors to consider
Beth says...
"There are several things to bear in mind, the first of which is colour! As your hat will be worn so close to your face, it's really important that it's a flattering colour.
 
I recommend picking an accent colour from your outfit for your hat, or go for a complete opposite which you can carry through to other accessories like your bag and shoes.
 
Once the colour has been decided you must then ensure that the hat works with your face shape and hairstyle, as well as it being in proportion with your build and stature (generally the taller you are, the bigger the hat you can carry off).
 
Most importantly you need to feel comfortable in your hat - it should reflect your style and personality. When you find 'the one' it will make you stand taller and straighter and you won't be able to help but smile at yourself in the mirror!"
 
colour me beautiful tip...
Consider the shape and colour of your glasses if you will be wearing these with your hat. They need to compliment each other and you should ensure your glasses don't get in the way of the style of headwear you choose.
Headwear for short hair
Beth says...
"The danger with hats and short hair is that if you're not careful your hat will cover all your hair and give the impression that you have no hair at all! 
 
Rather than choosing a traditional hat with a crown and brim, opt for a headpiece or fascinator that leaves plenty of hair on show. This doesn't mean you have to go for something small; discs are ideal for ladies with short hair as they have the size and impact of a full hat but still leave plenty of hair on show."
 
colour me beautiful tip...
Be aware that black or dark colours will cast dark shadows across your face which will show on pictures. 
A day at the races
Getting a group of friends together for a day at the races is a wonderful way to spend a Summer's day - but striking the right balance with your outfit can sometimes be tricky.
 
Beth says...
"There are lots of headpieces available now, you'll have seen the Duchess of Cambridge opts for berets and perchers on a regular basis. More tailored and formal than fascinators, they are very easy to wear and are a great alternative to the traditional hat; perfect for a trip to the races.
 
They are generally worn on an elastic which can be easily disguised in amongst your hair whether it's worn up or down, plus you have the added benefit of keeping your hairstyle in tact!"
Have you got a special occasion coming up? Do you fret about headwear or find it just fabulous?
 


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