We get our heads together with expert milliner Stephanie Gallen to bring you her top tips for choosing the right headwear…
As a guest at a wedding recently, I stood in front of the mirror and faced that age-old conundrum quite literally head on: to don a hat or to not? The women in my family (aged 11 and 3) drifted in and out of my bedroom and observed their mother in various hats and hat poses. They were vague and non-commital but I sensed their unease. The men were less vague. My husband took one look at a striking black and feathered number and said simply: “No. Just no.” My nine-year-old son was more specific: “You look like a giant going to a funeral.” Warming to this theme of complimenting mummy, the three year old then jumped in with: “You look Miss Trunchball.” And as we all know, attending a wedding looking like Miss Trunchball is every woman’s dream. I’d got it wrong. So how, oh how, do you choose the right headwear…?
Step forward Stephanie Gallen to the rescue! Here, she shares with us her top tips for your mothers of the bride and groom, and guests, to getting your head in gear! We also showcase her unapologetically feminine, yet ultimately millennial, perfectly pink hats and fascinators!
1. Try on LOTS of styles to see what works for you
Even if you already have an idea of what you are after, keep trying! If you’re not a hat person, there’s no need to feel self-conscious going into a hat shop/department. People tend to work there becaue they love hats and know how to make someone look fabulous in one… so ask away!
2. If you already have your outfit…
… take it along with you when choosing a hat, whether you are buying one in a shop or getting one specially made for you. This is invaluable for selecting colours and styles that will ensure your whole ensemble is a knock out.
3. This contradicts what is said above, but…
… if you really are a hat person – why not choose your hat first? If you see a hat that is begging you to wear it, chances are you’ve fallen in love with it already. It’s not for everyone, but it’s OK to build an outfit around a hat! As with a milliner making a hat to complement an outfit, a dress designer can design something to complement the style and colour of a hat.
4. Don’t be afraid to get something made.
If you just can’t find something that you’re happy with – don’t settle, a good milliner will be able to design something that suits perfectly, and a bespoke hat created for you guarantees that you won’t be hiding from Aunt Jean at the other side of the room because she’s wearing the same hat!
5. Make sure you are comfortable.
This is the most important point. There is no point in wearing something that you are going to be fidgeting with nervously and can’t wait to take off. As above, a good milliner will make sure you feel great as well as look sensational!
And no 6? Don’t look like Miss Trunchball. That’s sort of a philosophy for life.
Thank you so much to Stephanie for these top tips! See more of her stunning collection at stephaniegallenmillinery.co.uk