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Occasion Hats & Fascinators

There is nothing better than a Hat or Fascinator to put the finishing touch to your outfit. They are perfect in making you stand our from the crowd, and are the perfect accessory for any special occasion. Be it a wedding, ladies day at the races or graduation, any occasion that requires a little something extra is perfect for a hat or fascinator.

Though hats have long been the traditional choice for ladies on special occasions, fasciators have become increasingly popular in recent years. Endorsed by celebrities and royalty alike worldwide fascinator sales have grown 300% since 2008.

The reason for the huge rise in popularity, is that fascinators are easy and versatile to wear, and allow you to show of your hairstyle - which could be the star of the show in its own right.

Tips and Advice For Hats and Fascinators

If you are small of stature, a fascinator may suit you more than a hat. Sometimes a mid to large hat can overpower smaller features.

Vice versa, if you are taller or larger a hat may offer you more of a balnce to your entire look.

Wide brimmed hats should be worn in bold colours and should be a contrasting colour to your outfits

Hats do flatten hair, there is no getting around it, therefore blowdry and curl your hair, and dont forget plenty of hairspray, this will add bounce.

Rounder faces are well suited to wider brimmed hats

Hatinators are a great solution to ladies with petite frames or smaller faces. Hatinators have more structure than a fascinator and are increasingly popular.

If you are tall, avoid tall hats, and definitely seek hats with wider brims

Wearing a hat or fascinator at an angle can make a petite lady appear taller.

If you have short hair, and still love the look of fascinators, try back combing your hair or hair mousse to add more volume to help the fascinator stay fixated.

However with short hair, fascinators attached to headbands are extremely useful.

If you have a fascinator comb or clip, its advised to fasten onto the side of your head or at the back, fastening it to the centre will make it look like you are sprouting feathers or flowers.

Many experts suggest keeping your hairstyle simple for wearing a fascinator, and letting the fascinator take centre place. A simple ponytail, a slicked-back style, or a slightly-curled free-falling style look best.

Fascinators can be worn all day, and they won't give you hat hair. You don't need to worry were to put them during the day, and they are light to wear. Important on occasions that can be long, like weddings.

Wash your hair a day before wearing, this will help keep the fascinator in place.

Consider your hair colour. Redheads look great with natural and earth tones such as beiges, browns, camel, dark and olive greens. Blondes should go for light warm colours like coral, turquoise, apple – neutral navy, beige and taupe also look gorgeous. Brunettes suit bright, deep shades. Think hot pink, purple, bright blue and emerald, and again neutral black and navy.

Our Current Favourite Hats and Fascinators are these from designer Stephen Jones. See Our Favourites Below.

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