7 Tips for Weddings: Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Hat in 2021

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7 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Hat in 2021


The beginning of Spring usually brings a flurry of bookings from ladies wanting help to create THE Perfect Outfit for the races or a summer wedding with a hat being a MUST have accessory.

This year the flurry is 'on hold' soon to be resumed as the lockdown restrictions are eased. However, I know lots of ladies are looking, doing their research and undoubtedly there will be a sudden rush to the shops as delayed pandemic weddings finally become a reality.

What style of wedding hat suits me?

The style and shape of the perfect hat lies with you understanding your body shape and personality.

I am all about a persons image rather than dressing them in the latest fashion just because it's in vogue.

Building a wardrobe of clothes becomes effortless when you understand if your body is made up of straight lines, curves or a mix of both. Combined with choosing clothes and accessories that reflect your personality is a winning combination for any outfit.

What types of wedding hat are available?

Hats for weddings come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, textures and embellishments. From dish hats to pillarbox, fedoras to fascinators, headbands to hatinators.

The key difference between a fascinator and a hat is that a fascinator is a decorative headpiece attached to a comb or hair clip and a hat is a shaped covering for all of the head.

The term 'hatinator' was first seen in 2010 and is used to describe headgear that combines the features of a hat and a fascinator. It is a firm favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge.

First steps to choosing a hat for a wedding

When choosing a hat, the same principles apply as to choosing clothes. Discovering who you really are, connect or reconnecting to self is the easies way to have winning wardrobe.

My other considerations for choosing a hat when working with clients are:

  • Proportion - Make sure the hat does not overwhelm the rest of your body and likewise it is not too small.
  • Face shape - Determine your face shape. Consider which is the widest part ( forehead, cheeks or jaw) your jawline (square, round, v- point, oval) and the length (short or long)
  • Colour - Knowing the colours that naturally harmonise with your skin tone make choosing an outfit and hat colour easy.
  • Texture - Consider what is the hat made of? How does the texture affect the way the hat sits on your head?
  • Position of hat - Most heads suit an asymmetric look. Don't be afraid to tilt the angle of the hat. Only one in five of the population have an oval head with a symmetric face.
  • Cost per wear - When the colour & style is right, a hat, garment or any accessory becomes timeless. This means it can be worn again and again. What might appear expensive as a one off purchase ends up owing you nothing as it can be mixed & matched with other outfits to create new and exciting looks.

Have you heard of The Hat Channel?

I was delighted to be interviewed for The Hat Channel a few months ago and I am featured in the March addition.

Founder, Tricia Hamilton, is the font of all knowledge when it comes to hats. She is also known as The Hat Historian and her monthly online magazine is full of interesting articles. She also puts the spotlight on those who wear hats as part of their signature style.

Tricia even has step by step videos that will guide you to creating a hat from an old jumper!

Click here to read more from Tricia and to see her exclusive interview with me.

Discover your hat style this Spring

As the end of lockdown approaches, I am now taking bookings for late April onwards to see clients for comprehensive seasonal colour analysis together with discovering your personal style.

If you would like help knowing the colours, style & shapes of clothes that perfectly suit you please get in touch. 

About Lara Lauder

BEd Hons, MInstLM, Speaker, Professional Member of The Professional Speakers Association, Co-Author of Best Selling Book 'The Law of Brand Attraction
Loves to live life in colour, bring our the best in people, Aga & Thermomix lover! To find out more go to www.laralauder.com


  1. Wow never realised there was so much to it but really grateful for the guidance. Here’s hoping we all get the opportunity to be invited to a “hattable” do soon!

    • My pleasure Kathy. I think the invitations for ‘hattable doo’s’ will be in abundance soon and people will want to really want to make the most of the occasion and Dres up as much as they can!

  2. Ooh this is so helpful Lara! Thank you for giving me the confidence to check the styles and considerations to take into account with the hat choices.

  3. Sarah Woolmer

    Such a useful & positive read – I don’t need a wedding outfit or hat in the immediate future but it’s good to have your tips on the do’s & don’ts for an occasion that calls for a hat – I’m already following the colours guide from my session with you. It’s been easy once I got my head around it! I’ve even gone ‘natural’ with my hair & it’s so much better than all those blonde highlights! So a big thank you for all your help & guidance.

    • Thank you Sarah. I am so pleased it was of use and I am delighted to hear your colour wallet and accompanying notes from your Colour Analysis session are still serving you well! It is easy, when you know how! Well done on embracing the natural! fantastic! As you say so much better than the blonde!

  4. What a lovely and insightful post! I am not sure when I will wear a hat again as I have no weddings on the horizon but I will certainly refer back to this post before I purchase! I totally agree with hats being timeless and wearing one makes you feel extra special! Thank you Lara.

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