How to choose the perfect hat

Purchasing a hat is a little like falling in love. Sometimes the appeal isn’t instantly apparent to the outside observer!

With the furor still raging over the unusual hats showcased at the Royal Wedding, I thought I’d highlight some of the best (and most interesting) hats that you can try for your next event.

First, large brimmed straw hats are not only beautiful, they are practical as well. Attending an outdoor event? Throw on a wide brimmed hat and — Volia! — instant sophistication. Plus, large brimmed straw hats offer great protection from the sun’s rays on a bright day.

Wide brim straw hat
$58 – nordstrom.com

Kokin wide brim hat
290 GBP – julesb.co.uk

White straw hat
160 GBP – farfetch.com

Next, I love a seriously glamorous hat for special events. A simple suit or dress you’ve worn many times suddenly has new life with the addition of a chic topper. Just don’t forget the bobby pins!

Bow hat
$195 – barneys.com

Kaliko pink hat
70 GBP – debenhams.com

Couture hat
yahoo.net

Last, America has (finally!) embraced the fascinator. Popular in this country for years with the on-so-fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker, the fascinator has been a staple of the British wardrobe… well, forever! A fascinator is really nothing more that a tiny confection perched atop the head, most often embellished with feathers. Perfect for a more formal occasion, plus it won’t obstruct the view of someone seated behind you!

Philip Treacy flower hat
689 GBP – harrods.com

Jacques Vert hair accessory
79 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk

Hair accessory
45 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk

Whichever style you choose, a sweet chapeau is sure to add style to your next event!
While you’re here, don’t forget to enter to win a stunning handbag from Ellen Allen Annapolis. The Whitehall bag retails for $225. Contest ends 5-31-2011. ENTER HERE

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition toSusan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever! 

Susan is pictured here with her newest hat at the Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase.

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