Tips on Choosing Hats and Fascinators to suit you

Wide brimmed hatLooking for a fascinator or hat may seem quote daunting task as you may not know where to start. Its not everyday you need to chose a wedding hat or a fascinator for a special occasion like Royal Ascot races, Henley Regatta or whatever the special occasion your hat or fascinator is for.

Its best to try and get a hat that not only looks good with your chosen hairstyle but one which also suits your skin shape, skin tone and complements your special occasion dress, mother of the bride outfit or race day attire. A hat can really transform your outfit so here are three good tips on helping you get it right!

Hats & Fascinators Tip #1

Try if possible to get a friend or family member to go with you as you can get a valued and trusted second opinion this way. At our Espada Hat shop in Worcester we will never sell a hat that will not suit you or your outfit, but some places may just say something looks good to sell you a hat. We will only give out professional honest advice but if you have a trusted friend with you will be reassured that the hat you select is the right one for you.

Hats & Fascinators Tip #2

Colour is very important as if you get it wrong it will clash with our outfit, hair colour or maybe your skin-tone too, so try and chose one which compliments the colours of your outfit. If you are not buying your raceday hat, wedding guest, mother of the bride or special occasion dress from our boutique, we are more than happy to suggest as we do to everyone who buys our hast that you bring your dress in so that we can match up the colour. Try on your outfit in our boutique and pout the hat on as there are many different shades of colours that you never can be sure until you have your outfit with you.

Hats & Fascinators Tip #3

If you are quite petite and have a small face the last thing you probably need is a hat that swamps your face. Likewise if you are wearing a particular mother of the bride hair updo style on the day that could be accentuated with a beautiful side fascinator or headpiece then that may suit you better than a large hat. These are all things that at Espada we easily can help you with and make buying your hat and fascinator a real pleasure as you will see from our testimonials from happy customers. There are so many variables when it comes to choosing a hat that’s perfect for you that we suggest to come in and have a chat so that we can help you get one that is just perfect for you. We look forward to helping you soon! If however you do not live in Worcestershire or the surrounding areas and you are shopping online for your hat or fascinator then we hope this advice will help you. In the useful video below are some extra tips and ideas for inspiration:

Choosing The Right Hat For Your Face Shape, Skin Tones and Fashion Taste

Dressing For Royal Ascot

The time is fast approaching when the gates open and the Royal Ascot Meeting gets underway and some ladies have been planning what to wear for this essential event on many ladies social calendars, for weeks if not months now. The occasion is not just about the horse racing but how to dress to impress at this wonderful venue.

This year at our boutique in Worcester, we have seen and helped many ladies who have perfect outfits for Ascot truly put the special “icing on the cake” and accessorise them with our wonderful and stunning quality English made hats and fascinators and headpieces from top brands like Whiteley; as well as helping them to one or two nice evening gowns for that special night to follow in London or surrounding areas!hats and fascinators

If you are missing out this year and plan to go next year instead, you maybe wondering what to wear to the ascot races? Be warned however, in the excitement of choosing dresses and outfits for Royal Ascot, you must be be careful now especially if you go to the royal enclosure as it has a very strict Ascot dress code including a ban on fascinators in the royal enclosure!

The new dress code was first launched in January 2012 because over recent years a few raunchy and rowdy racegoers began to increasingly wear more inappropriate attire and dresses for the occasion. Now there are strict guides in place for length of skirt and even width of dress straps and hat brims, for example the Ascot racecourse website states:

“Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.”
In the grandstand, which is open to the public and subject to less stringent rules, a hat or fascinator will be compulsory for women.
The new dress code essentially looks at dress or skirt length, strap width and hat rules. Avoid getting caught out on the day and check the official Royal Ascot’s full dress code guide here long before you chose your outfit.

If you are looking for a hat, fascinator headpiece or hatinator for next years event, then plan early as we order our hats months in advance, so to get the best choice and one to best match your outfit, chose early. Enjoy the races!