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Consider the following principles when choosing a hat:
- The taller you are, the bigger hat you can wear. Petite ladies should opt for smaller, neater styles.
- Brim should be no wider than your shoulder line.
- Crown should equal the width of your temples.
- Avoid a style which repeats the shape of your face.
- Spectacle wearers: choose a style with an up-turned brim
- A brim that slopes down will cast shadows over your face and will emphasise heavy jowls
- Always try on a hat with your outfit and shoes.
- Don’t be talked into a hat you don't feel comfortable in.
- You will instinctively know when you have found the right one. Try your hat on in front of a full-length mirror to see all your proportions.
- Make sure you get the right size. A hat shouldn't feel as though it's about the fall off.
- Extravagant, quirky styles work best with a simple outfit.
- Fascinators are a great alternative to add drama without overpowering your outfit. To keep a fascinator secure throughout the day, mist a little hairspray on your hair before positioning it.
- Fascinator hats create the illusion of wearing a hat on a slant. They are positioned securely with a headband. Ensure the headband is a colour which tones with your haircolouring and disguise the headband within your hairstyle.
- Don't leave it too late to choose your hat.
- Matching hat and outfit can look contrived and make the wearer look as if they have no imagination. It can be very striking to use a different, complementary or contrasting colour to add interest to an outfit.
- The more ornate and detailed the hat, the simpler your hairstyle should be. The hat, not your hair, should be the focus otherwise it looks too fussy. Balance out the style by creating your hairstyle on the opposite side to where the hat is placed. If you plan to remove your hat later during an event, pin back your fringe so it doesn’t get squashed.