With Ascot around the corner and wedding season in full swing there’s just enough time to find yourself the perfect summer hat. A daunting prospect, especially when it’s the first time you have been invited to an occasion that has called for one. Where to begin – a wide-brim, fedora, pillbox? We turn to Stephen Jones for his hat-buying advice.
“There are so many things a hat can be about – formality, romance, elegance, modernity, tradition,” the legendary milliner told us at the launch of his latest collection for Debenhams.
Here he shares eight insider tips for quick and easy hat shopping:
1. When shopping for a hat always take a hand mirror.
2. Shop by yourself instead of taking your girlfriends because all the varying opinions will confuse you – stick to what feels right for you.
3. Tuck your hair behind your ears to get a full view of your face. Your ear lobes will give a horizon line to your face and ensure that it isn’t overwhelmed by the hat.
4. If you are a glasses wearer opt for anything small and off the face.
5. Try on as many different styles as possible – the one you choose might surprise you.
6. Once you’ve bought a hat wear it at home first to rehearse and get used to how it feels.
7. White hats can dominate an outfit so look for instead look to transparent materials that are soft and ethereal.
8. Top hats suit everybody – they give height and elegance and can be worn by men, women, children, dogs – I even made one for a budgie.