When it comes to a wedding nothing says British more than hats – big hats! – and fascinators. In all shapes and colours the headpieces that guests opt to wear are bound to add some elegance and style to any wedding.
For the forthcoming wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William milliner Jess Collett predicts that many guests will wear “big hats”, and she is personally creating accessories for a number of people attending the most anticipated wedding of the year. According to Collett the strict dress code in Westminster Abbey does limit the choices for those attending the ceremony on Friday.
Collett said: “I’m making hats for quite a few of the guests. The invitation says ‘hats must be worn in church’, and forbids decorations; flowers or feathers, so most of the pieces I am making are bigger hats. People are nervous about what they can and can’t wear, and other milliners I have spoken to have said they are making mostly larger hats as well.”
Collett, who was originally hired to design a hat for the royal bride’s mother Carole Middleton, added to vogue.co.uk: “Most people have said they want subtle elegance: it’s a royal wedding and the line between elegant and garish is fine. Everyone has said they don’t want to feel like a fool. The hat has to complement the outfit, but people aren’t going matchy-matchy. It’s more about subtle tones of a colour.”
If you’re after a hat for a wedding you’re attending check out our gallery below for inspiration.