Looking for the best hats for Ascot? Or the most appropriate headwear for a summer garden wedding? Whatever the occasion, you’ll find the perfect option for you in our round-up of the best hats of 2017.
For styling tips, consult our guide to wearing hats. As a rule of thumb, the more formal the occasion, the more formal the hat.
Hats are required in the Ascot royal enclosure (with fascinators a no-no), while Glyndebourne and other black-tie affairs give the perfect excuse for statement headwear. Hats are best kept practical (and minimal) at Wimbledon unless you want to start the day on seriously bad terms with the person sitting behind you.
‘Hats or substantial headpieces (with a base of four inches or more) are required wearing in Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, and are encouraged at a number of other Season events. Choose a style to balance out your face shape: a tall crown will suit a round face, and a wide brim flatters a narrow or long one.’ – Debrett’s and Bicester Village Guide to British Style”, available at www.debretts.com
When it comes to weddings you can afford to be a little more playful, but don’t upstage the bride. And off-duty the world is your oyster. Or fedora. Or baseball cap…
The Best Hats for 2017
Best Hats for Ascot