It used to be that no woman would attend a wedding without a hat. Like many of the old formalities, though, hat-wearing has gone by the wayside in many places. There is nothing more lovely and festive than a wedding guest in a hat, however, so dare to add one to your wedding day ensemble.
In a way it is funny that hats have fallen out of fashion for wedding guests. If you have ever worn a hat to a wedding, chances are that some of the other women there came up to you and said that they wished they had the daring to wear a hat. It is so interesting that what was once considered proper is now considered daring! That means that you can have the best of both worlds while wearing a hat: you can be both avant garde and absolutely proper at the same time. Not too many other accessories can make that claim.
Hats can add so much to an outfit. They are a great way to add drama and flair to more simple clothing. Hats are also a perfect way to express your personal style. If you are unsure about how to wear a hat to express your personality, take a look at some pictures of British women: they know how to pull off any type of hat!
A hat is ideal for an outdoor wedding as it will not only look great but will also protect you from the sun. Look for a hat with a wide brim in an ivory or pastel color. A wedding hat should be festively decorated; it should not resemble anything that you would wear for gardening. You can either choose a hat that comes decorated or add your own embellishments to a simple portrait hat.
For an outdoor wedding, floral accents are the perfect detail on your hat. Look for high quality silk flowers in colors to match your dress. To make the flowers dressier, it looks great to add sprays of pearls or crystals to the center of the blossoms; match the type of gem to your wedding jewelry. It is always lovely to have a satin or grosgrain ribbon tied around the base of the hat as well.
A wedding in a church is another great place to wear a hat. It would look very smart to wear a medium brimmed hat with a pastel suit. The hat could either be in the same color as the suit, or in a neutral such as ivory or beige. For a ceremony in a house of worship, you will probably want a more elegant style than for an outdoor service. Wide swaths of tulle wrapped around the base of the hat are a good place to start. Just be sure to add some hints of color to keep the hat from looking like it was designed for the bride.
A very formal high society wedding calls for an equally spectacular hat. For a late afternoon wedding, it would be extremely elegant to wear a black hat with black and white pearl wedding jewelry. Keep the hat from looking too somber by wearing it with a dress in a rich color and carrying that color into the trim on the hat. If you are feeling particularly brave, go ahead and wear a hat decorated with feathers. It may sound gaudy, but in the hands of a skilled milliner, this type of hat can be the height of good taste. Once again, look to the ladies of England for hints on how to pull off a truly fantastic hat.
Weddings are festive occasions, and the guests should make sure that their attire suits the happy event. Too many people play it safe with boring outfits that lack any style or interest. Be a little bold, and top off your wedding guest attire with a spectacular hat!