The rules surrounding hat-wearing at weddings and other great British summer events (Royal Ascot, we're talking about you) are, quite frankly, a minefield. Not to mention face-to-hat ratio, weather and comfort to consider; it's a tricky thing to get right. Traditionalists will insist that hats are de rigueur at matrimonial ceremonies but modern thinking has it that it's up to guests. We say, if it looks great, go right ahead.
N.B. If you're already thinking about next year's Ascot look, this is what you need to know: hats must be worn at all times, headpieces are permitted but must have a base of least 10cm, strictly no fascinators. This is all critical. – since you asked),
So, all in the name of research, Team ELLE tried a few on for size.
Bow Hat (sinamay abaca fibre) £290, Bernstock Spiers for SIBLING
White hat with black mesh (white plastic and felt) POA Keely Hunter
Straw black hat with blue pom ball (straw, grosgrain trim and feathers) £280, Gigi Burris
Suspended petal perspex hat (rose petals, acrylic, leather, portrait linen) £585, Sophie Beale Millinery
Metal hat, Emma Yeo
Geometric Weave Hat (pinokpok and ostrich feather) £480, Awon Golding, available at Liberty
Dopio ice-cream hat (ostritch feather and woven sinamay) £470, Awon Golding
100s & 1000s ice-cream hat (ostritch feather and woven sinamay) £470, Awon Golding
White Heart Face Hat (felt and polyester) £345, Benoit Missolin, available at Liberty
Teal hat with cross hatch (straw and ostrich quills) £475, Mary Franck www.maryfranck.co.uk
White and black leather headpieces (leather and metal) both £165, The Season Hats
Lime flocked hat (sculptured plastic and elastic) £350, Emma Yeo
Bow Hats (sinamay abaca fibre) £290, Bernstock Spiers for SIBLING