The Royal Ascot style guide
Where did you get that hat?
Where did you get that tile?
Isn’t it a nobby one, and just the proper style?
I should like to have one just the same as that!
Whe’er I go they shout, ‘Hello!
Where did you get that hat?’
A hat isn’t just another accessory. A hat worn with confidence, enables an individual to express their true personality or to present a different persona with many different hats. A hat can pull a whole outfit together and it can send a message to the world.
There is nothing mysterious about wearing hats - after all we have been wearing headwear for hundreds of years! I believe everyone can wear a hat: - The key in choosing a hat, is to consider how the hat will work with your hair and face shape.
So whether you are the mother of the bride, a club DJ, off to the races or simply love wearing hats, here are some tips and advice for choosing the perfect tifter.
As a general rule, a hat should be no wider than your shoulders. If you are taller, you can get away with something larger, but it depends on your height, hairstyle and outfit. There’s no set position to wear a hat, and you’ll have to try out different angles to see what looks good, but try not to sit your hat too far back as this isn’t necessarily the most flattering.
Be aware also of how much the brim shades your face, as you don’t want to be cast in shadow in all of the photos. If you’re the mother of the bride you’ll be greeting and kissing lots of guests, so try to wear your hat tilted to one side. Women with smaller heads should try styles that tilt to the side to avoid obscuring the face. If you can’t find a hat that fits, opt for a fascinator, a decorative headpiece normally made from a combination of ribbons or feathers. Set on a comb or with an elasticated fitting a creative headpiece will suit any face shape.
It really is personal choice, but the golden rule is not to go overboard with random colours, size and accessories, as you don’t want to look like your hat is taking over. The idea is to find something that complements your height, hair and skin tone. A top tip is to choose your hat first if you’re selecting an outfit from scratch, as it will always be easier to match back with the hat rather than finding a hat to match.
An alternative is a hair band which helps to anchor the hat. If your hair is long, tuck the hairband and your hair behind your ears so that the hat frames your your face.
And a quick hint - if you’re off to the races, it’s worth checking the dress codes. Events such as Ascot have very strict rules when it comes to the Royal Enclosure. This year in the Royal Enclosure hats should be worn. A headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat however fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure. Booooooo!
Inspirational milliner Philip Treacy discusses his life and career with Kinvara Balfour at Apple Store, Regent Street in London.
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American Music producer, Pharell Williams ignored the formal dress code of the Grammys to team an over-sized Fedora with a red and white bomber jacket and jeans. Pharrell may have won a handful of awards on Sunday night, but it was Pharrell Williams’ choice of vintage inspired headwear that had everyone talking.
Williams’ hat is inspired by vintage Vivienne Westwood. The 1980s no less. Explaining his bold look, he told a Hollywood Reporter:
‘It’s a Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat from when she was with Malcolm McLaren. It’s not vintage – I would’ve been really stylin’ if I had one from the 80s.’
Vivienne Westwood is perhaps best-known, together with her former partner, Malcolm McLaren, as one of the pioneers of punk fashion during the late 1970s.Their clothes shop in London’s Kings Road was at the centre of the punk movement.
In 1981 Westwood launched herself as a fashion designer and began to look to a range of influences for her designs, encouraged by McLaren. This hat is from her second collection, known both as the Buffalo Girls Collection (Autumn-Winter 1982-83) and the Nostalgia of Mud Collection. The collection was the final time Westwood collaborated with McClaren.
Over the past week reports show that Pharrels Buffalo hat has increased google 5000% searches for mens headwear, the hat has its own Twitter account and I’ve even been had enquiries to make a similar piece for a local DJ. No other hat could compete for the accolade of Hat Of The Week. I made my first hat at around the same time that this song came out, so thank you to Pharrell and his hat for the trip down memory lane.
At the time of writing,The @Pharrellhat twitter account has 18,000 followers and counting…
1940’s Pill Box Workshop.
Saturday 5th April 2014. 10am - 4pm
Join us on this fun and informative one day workshop. A perfect gift for Mothers Day.
Discover how to block, finish and trim your own vintage style felt pillbox hat.
Master basic millinery techniques and have fun choosing from an array of vintage inspired trimmings including game feathers, veiling, lace and ribbons.
Limited spaces to ensure individual attention. All materials provided, no previous experience necessary.
Price: £95.00 including materials, light lunch and refreshments (and a sneeky glass or two of cava).
A handmade gift card and a welcome pack will be sent out to you with all the information your Mom will need for her creative day.
The course starts promptly at 10am however please give 15 minutes to arrive, get a tea or a coffee and get yourself started.
At the end of the course you will be presented with a certificate and take home your finished hat, tissue wrapped in its own hat box.
For more info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to book: tinyurl.com/p7hcj4o
If you have been following me on instagram or twitter you will have seen my various millinery war wounds from using a traditional stove top kettle as a steamer. I’m currently sporting a number of steam burns in different shades and sizes and so was determined to find a ‘proper’ steamer for my work AND to be more careful.
Searching on ebay I have bidded a number of times on a few garment steamers that have been put up for auction since the beginning of the year. The industry models:propress and jiffy or just garment steamer have been my main searches however I have always been outbid at the last minute, *shakes fist at computer screen*.
For my lastest search I put vintage jiffy into the search bar (Is it called a search bar?) and low and behold in a loft in Sheffield England has been sitting a JIffy Millinery Steamer. I paused for a second… okay a micro second, put in my maximum bid, the exact amount in my current account and pressed confirm. At this point I have to tell you that there was five hours left before the end of the auction and as yet no one else had bid on my steamer. I was the first and so the highest bidder and having said a prayer in my heart I had already claimed the steamer as mine.
Five hours. I couldn’t watch it. If anyone else placed a bid, I would have had to raise my bid and I had no more money! Decision made I decided not to check to see if I’d been sucessful until after Coronation Street. Theory being that I could wallow in self pity during Eastenders and then watch Corrie again - because even in a sad episode there is some humour. Any way I digress…
I won the steamer *bogle dance* and I won the steamer for £1 less than my maximum bid. I should go to Church on Sunday and give a testimony. I have been searching for a steamer forsuchalong time and I get toown the realdeal. I feel this piece of equipment hasbeenwaiting forme. As Miss Badu would say I’m an analogue in a digital world. I will be travelling up to Sheffield to collect my baby. I am so happy I could cry…but I won’t. I’ll be blocking some bad ass hats instead. Watch this space. Ya dig.