In my last post, we looked at key fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2019 that will turn heads at the races. But of course, whatever you wear, nothing beats having the perfect hat to set off your chosen look.
There is an art to putting the right hat and outfit together so enjoy spending time on this: the results will be worth it! Have your heart set on a particular hat style? Then think of the rest of your outfit as the “frame” that sets it off to perfection.
Already know exactly what you want to wear on the day? Then choose a hat that adds that special extra “something” – the final flourish that completes your signature look.
Scroll down to see my Top 5 tips on choosing the right hat for your outfit – and for news of a fabulous competition!
1. No fighting!
If your dress and your hat are both competing for attention, nobody wins. As a rule of thumb, if the dress has a lot of detail keep the hat simple. An intricate, embellished hat works best with an outfit that has a clean, uncluttered silhouette.
2. What is your message?
High octane glamour? Relaxed luxury? Classic elegance? Bear this in mind when choosing your hat – if hat and outfit are both “on message”, your look will have much more impact.
3. To match or not to match?
If all your accessories are one colour and your dress is another, this draws attention away from the central “look”. Instead, try hat and dress in the same colour, with other accessories in a neutral colour. Another failsafe is to have the hat in a soft metallic shade.
4. Colour blocking
Colour blocking once again featured on many of the SS19 catwalks and is a great way of making an impact, even with a small hat or headpiece. The idea is to put two contrasting colours together: one for the dress, one for the hat. Here are some interesting combinations to give you some inspiration. A top tip: look at this season’s fashion prints to see which colours work well together.
5. Let your hat do the talking
Why not let your hat give a “nod” to this year’s trends instead? A good milliner will help you choose suitable trims and colours that will work well with the rest of your outfit. What could be better as a special pre-race day treat? Key SS19 features such as lace and colour blocking can be reflected in your hat design, as can bows and feathers:
Do you want to win a bespoke hat made by Joanna? Enter a competition here.
Joanna Zara is an award-winning milliner; she designs and creates elegant, wearable handmade hats and headpieces at her Hove studio.
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