Tips For Choosing A Mother Of The Bride Hat Or Fascinator

Before Mum runs off and buys her hat show her this!

It’s tradition for the mother of the bride to wear a suitable hate or fascinator. But finding the perfect headpiece can seem overwhelming. When it comes to a mother of the bride hat or fascinator, there are endless options in terms of styles, colours and materials. So how do you go about finding the right one for your mother of the bride outfit? Luckily, we’re sharing our top tips for mum!

Opt for a statement dress or hat but not both

When planning your outfit, there is no right or wrong place to start. However, if you want a statement or patterned look, it may be best to get the dress first so that your hat can be designed to complement the outfit. Just make sure you leave enough time - a unique colour or strong print can limit your options for headwear that can be purchased off the shelf. Alternatively, accessories can make an outfit, so pairing the simplest dress with a statement hat and the right shoes and bag can be more impactful. Too much going on can often be distracting...

Avoid over-matching

Colour matching the exact same tone for your hat, dress, dress coat, bag and shoes can be too much, making an otherwise interesting outfit rather bland and boring. It is fun to consider an accent colour or if you are not that brave, different shades of the same colour will add depth, life and interest to your look.

Be true to your own style

People tend to go for what they think is appropriate or opt for something similar to styles they have seen on someone else. Or they may listen to other people's views rather than listening and being true to themselves. Hats and fascinators are very personal; what is great on one person isn't on another and your own individual personality must be considered. You really don't want to feel uncomfortable on the big day in a massive hat that just isn't you.

Choose a style that makes you stand tall

There are many shapes and styles to suit all face shapes, statures and personality. We are not big believers in 'the rules' such as hats shouldn't be wider than your shoulders and you should choose a round hat if you have a round face. A mother of the bride should feel a million dollars and exude confidence, the right hat will make you stand tall, put your shoulders back and make you want to wear it. You shouldn't wear a hat that doesn't make you feel incredible!

Enjoy the experience of shopping with a milliner

Choosing your hat should be an exciting experience, not a daunting one. Milliners can guide and advise you about hats, ease you in gently and give you the confidence to feel fantastic in them. Funnily enough, most mum's we speak to at Brides & Bustles who say that they don't suit hats, always go off and buy a hat. The most wonderful thing for a milliner is seeing the journey of a nervous hat wearer gain confidence and leave bursting with excitement and confidence to wear their hat.

There are our top tips for choosing a mother of the bride hat or fascinator and we hope we have settled your mum's nerves when choosing the piece for the big day!

Lots of love

Claire & Christine xx