While it may be tradition for the mother of the bride to wear a suitable hat or fascinator, finding the perfect head piece can seem overwhelming. With options practically endless in terms of styles, colours, materials and more, how do you go about finding the right hat or fascinator for your mother of the bride outfit? To help, we asked expert Surrey-based milliner Beverley Edmondson to share best tips.
Opt for a statement dress or hat, but not both
When planning your outfit, there is no right or wrong place to start. However, if you want a statement or patterned look, it may be best to get the dress first so that your hat can be designed to complement the outfit. Just make sure you leave enough time - a unique colour or strong print can limit your options for headwear that can be purchased off the shelf. Alternatively, accessories can make an outfit, so pairing the simplest dress with a statement hat and the right shoes and bag can be more impactful. Too much going on can often be distracting.
Colour matching the exact same tone for your hat, dress, dress coat, bag and shoes can be too much, making an otherwise interesting outfit rather bland and boring. It is fun to consider an accent colour or if you are not that brave, different shades of the same colour will add depth, life and interest to your look.
Be true to your own style
People tend to go for what they think is appropriate or opt for something similar to styles they have seen on someone else. Or they may listen to other people's views rather than listening and being true to themselves. Hats and fascinators are very personal; what is great on one person isn't on another and your own individual personality must be considered.
Choose a style that makes you stand tall
There are many shapes and styles to suit all face shapes, statures and personality. I am not a big believer in 'the rules' such as hats shouldn't be wider than your shoulders and you should choose a round hat if you have a round face. A mother of the bride should feel a million dollars and exude confidence, the right hat will make you stand tall, put your shoulders back and make you want to wear it. You shouldn't wear a hat that doesn't make you feel incredible
Enjoy the experience of shopping with a milliner
Choosing your hat should be an exciting experience, not a daunting one. Milliners can guide and advise you about hats, ease you in gently and give you the confidence to feel fantastic in them. Funnily enough, most people who come into our boutique saying that they don't suit hats, always leave with a hat. As we like to say, wearing a hat is all about mindset. "It's what's in your head, not what's on your head." The most wonderful thing for a milliner is seeing the journey of a nervous hat wearer gain confidence and leave bursting with excitement and confidence to wear the hats.