Being the first race day at Ascot n’all, we thought a little style-guide on hats was much needed! Especially what with Royal Ascot’s rather strict new dress code: Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.) and under no circumstance can fascinators be worn!
We’ve picked our three favourite hat fans – DoC, ADR and SJP, to give you a little hatspiration for race day.
First up is The Duchess of Cornwall! The majority of Kate’s public appearances involve some hat or another. The DoC favours an off-centre stiff mesh creation, be it a themed one like our favourite maple leaf hat in Canada, or more recently the small veiled one she wore to the Queen’s Jubilee Thanksgiving service by designer Jane Taylor. How to achieve the K-Middy look? Go feminine, match the colour of your hat to that of your outfit, and by no means go novelty, Jane Taylor is your hat designer!
A hat gallery wouldn’t be complete without the showiest headpiece wearer of all time, Anna Dello Russo! ADR mostly favours a novelty headband (remember her Piers Atkinson cherry headband?) but also dips into the more military uniform styles, we’ve seen her in a Beefeater-esque fluffy number, as well as a multitude of police style caps. And our tips for channelling ADR for race day? Whatever you think is comfortably chic? Go bigger and bolder and definitely go Piers Atkinson!
And our last but so not least hat fan? That’d be Sarah Jessica Parker of course! And her look? An oversized but elegant creation is what SJP goes for – think her Philip Treacy swirly creation at the ladies luncheon she attended last winter in Melbourne! And to get Parker’s look for Royal Ascot? Its all about size really, height or width, she goes supersize with millinery!