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 Spring has arrived, the weather is gorgeous and that can only mean one thing – yes its Spring Carnival and a great excuse to wear a hat and frock up.

 

There is always something special about wearing a hat, it makes you feel a million dollars.  Team it with a great outfit and you feel on top of the world.  So how do you choose a great hat and outfit combination?  Our number one tip is to select styles and colours that enhance you and work for your body line.  It’s how you look good and feel amazing!

 

When it comes to hat styles, there is one to suit everyone.  It’s all about finding the right style that gives you proportion and balance.  Often it is a matter of trying on a few hat styles to find what you like so don’t be shy about trying on more than one hat style.  Sometimes it is the hat you least expect that looks the best on you.  As this is the Spring Carnival season we recommend hats made of straw, silk and light materials to compliment your spring outfit.

 

For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small or proportioned brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.

 

The colour of your hat also has a great impact on the way you look as it is worn close to your face.  There are so many beautiful colours so pick one in your best colours that will make you come alive.  A plain black hat, for example can be ageing if black is not one of your best colours.

 

Remember to coordinate your hat and outfit so they complement each other.  Think about the styles and colours of your hat, outfit, shoes and handbag in advance and avoid the temptation to introduce too many colours or design elements.  Less is more.

 

If your hat is your focal point then let it make a statement and keep your outfit simple.  Try selecting an outfit in a solid colour and adding a fabulous hat in a great colour along with shoes and a handbag.  The opposite applies if your race day dress is the focal point and if you keep your accessories simple it is much easier to match them to your outfit.

 

Don’t forget that race day wear is day wear, so no shiny fabric miniskirts or excess flesh.  A bit racing fashion faux pas is to wear skimpy evening dresses and expose too much skin.

 

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Hats come in all forms and there is a hat style for everyone, you just need to know what you are looking for and what suits you.  Like all clothes and accessories, it has to work with the rest of your outfit to look good.  Before you buy a hat consider:

What you are going to wear it with.  Will the colour and style go with the clothes in your wardrobe?  Can you wear it with more than one outfit? Where are you going to wear it?  If it is for everyday wear, keep it simple.  This way it is easy to wear with different tops, pants and dresses.  If it is for a special occasion then have an outfit in mind or at least the colours that will match.  Whether you buy the hat to match the outfit or the outfit to match the hat, check the colours and styles complement each other. Is it appropriate for the occasion you plan to wear it?  Does it suit your lifestyle and dress personality?

If you are going to invest in a hat you want to get wear out of it.  Look at the colours in your wardrobe and chose a hat in one of the colours you wear most often.  Like all clothes and accessories, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it.

Think about the image you want to project when wearing the hat.  Dress personality will pay a large part in your decision process; just make sure you feel comfortable when wearing the hat.  The right hat will make you feel a million dollars when wearing it.

Try on more than one hat.  Often you need to try on different styles to find the best one for you.  Experiment with a few styles and try them on at different angles.  You may be surprised at what looks good on you.

Make sure the hat fits.  If it is too small or big you won’t wear it.

Keep your hat in proportion to you.  For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.  For those who are more full figured, look for hats with irregular brims that draw the eye up and give you balance.

A hat expresses you.  It is your message to the world and reflects your mood and image.  Look for hats that enhance who you are, not what you aren’t.

See our Photo Gallery for ideas on how to wear hats.

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