Tips and hints for happy hat wearing....

Measuring your head

If you are unsure of your hat size, use a flexible dressmakers tape to measure around your head, just above your eyebrows and above the tops of your ears. It is best to measure 3 or 4 times to get an acurate measurement.

Face shape

It is always best to choose a hat to fit your face shape. Heart or oval shaped faces can wear most shapes. Whereas square or round faces suit a wide brim and/or high crown.If you aren't sure how to describe the shape of your face, send me a recent photo, and I will be happy to advise on styles that are likely to suit you.

Being comfortable wearing a hat

Although there are no hard and fast rules concerning hats it is advisable for the brim to be no wider than your shoulders and should be sized correctly. It should not be too tight around the head, you don't want to find marks when you remove the hat, and neither do you want a headache!

Hats and fascinators can be fixed in a number of ways, and I will always try to find the method that you will find most comfortable. The most common fixing methods are outlined below.

Fixing methods

Headbands

Many hats have a headband fixing, this is often the best way to keep a tilted or asymmetrical hat in postion. Headbands can be made from plastic, metal or custom-formed wire. Metal ones tend to be the least flexible, but most secure.

Comb

Small fascinators and headpieces often have a comb fixing. To fit comfortably and stay secure it is best to backcomb a small area of hair where the comb is to sit, spritz with hairspray and use 2 hairgrips placed in a cross into the hair. Then push the comb back against the scalp into the grips. This should stop your headpiece from coming adift in high winds!

Elastic

Some hats come with millinery elastic fixing, This is designed to go at the back of the head under the hair line, and again a couple of kirby grips can be used to add extra security. I can provide elastic in various shades to tone with your hair colour.