Tips for choosing your hat for the races

A hat is one of the best parts of dressing up for the races. They add drama and balance the overall look. If wearing a hat, make sure it stays in place. If hats simply are not your thing, then try a fascinator, hair band, or flowers.

Petite women should choose smaller hats and headpeices, whereas tall women should opt for a wide brim and nothing too angular or small. Try out fascinators and head pieces as well. Experiment until you find the hat you love best. This excquisite piece by Galway designer Mark T Burke is a great choice. Team it with an outfit of a neutral colour such as stone, or from the same blue tones.

If you are full figure you should go for for wide brims. Large women look silly in little hats. This fabulous lime and purple hat from the Galway Hat Shop is great for an elegant look. It will be perfect if you decide to wear a dark colour such as black.

If you wear glasses, do not let your hat fight with them. Think big hat –sleek frames; statement frames – understated hat.

A brim that hides your neck from behind will make you look stumpy.

Here are a few practical face-shape tips: Wide faces suit brimless off-the face styles, while square faces look good in rounded styles. More structured or square styles will suit round faces best. A narrow face needs a rounded full crown, such as a cloche. Avoid hats with ear flaps if you have a long face.

Big hat, understated dress. Cloche hat, long dress. Veiled hat, sleek dress.

There must be symbiosis between your hat and your personality. Bubbly personalities will suit dramatic hats best. If you are quiet then go for something elegant and understated.

Most hats look best when you put them on from the front, then tilt them sideways on your forehead to make sure as much of your face is visible.

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