Hats Don't Suit Me

Hats Don't Suit Me

Published by Catherine Kelly on 19th Jul 2021

Of Course they do! 

There is a hat to suit everyone

When creating a bespoke hat

A Milliner will assess

Your face shape- There are 6 basic face shapes, and this will often determine certain styles that will flatter you more than others.

An oval face shape tends to suit a great variety of styles – from Berets to Bretons, Beanies and Bucket Hats.

A round face can benefit from a little more height in the crown, and generally consider avoiding round crowns and brim shapes. A top hat, or trilby with an asymmetric brim is usually very flattering.

A square shaped face works fabulously in a wider soft brimmed style and a bit of asymmetry in the crown and or brim works well.

If your face tends more to a heart shape try wearing a fedora, a boater with a medium width brim, or a cloche and generally avoid wide brimmed hat styles.

An oblong face shape can sport a wider brim and softer round crown to soften the face. Avoid tall crowns like a top hat which will elongate your look more.

It’s also important to take into consideration:

Your height- A very tall person can carry a wider brim, but a shorter crown is more becoming. On the shorter side? A crown or halo style and slightly taller crown will give the illusion of extra height.

Your Outfit – matching proportions as well as repetition of design details may be important depending upon your occasion.

Your occasion – Certain occasions will call for different hat styles – Many styles can be dressed up or down – a boater, cloche can be made more formal with the addition of certain trims. A bride may require a softer style with birdcage veiling and softer silk flowers, beading, lace and silk. Casual wear might range from berets, baker boy caps, or wide brimmed fedoras. 

Your milliner or hat maker will also work with the

Elements and Principles of Design considered to be the designers tool kit

and enables the Milliner to subtly employ the use of

Line – Vertical Lines create illusions of height and horizontal lines will give the illusion of width. Soft wavy lines exude femininity, and sharp angles can be more exciting and modern.

Colour- an understanding of the science of colour, colour schemes, as well as colours to suit your skin tone and hair colour is invaluable in designing the Hat to suit.

Shape – The shape created by the hat block, the outline shape of the final hat, as well as the body shape of the wearer will be considered.

Proportion- Exercising control of the proportion of the brim width, crown height, angles, and scale of trim are important part of the design process.

Texture- of fabrics and millinery materials like feathers, flowers, crinoline, ,and  braids, as well as fabric manipulation techniques such draping, pleating, and beading which can be used to create interest and details.

Balance – Symmetry is considered – sometimes formal balance creates the perfect vision and other times a jaunty angle or an asymmetric style is more flattering.

Pattern- The Pattern or design on the fabric of a dress may influence a hat style or shape, or the trim created for the hat or headpiece.

Emphasis- The focal point of the hat or outfit is important. A perfectly placed flower, bow, or cockade can make all the difference to the hat. 

Unity or Rhythm is achieved when all of the elements and principles have been used in perfect harmony.

With all these tools to make use of as well as the  creativity provided by quality millinery materials from Hatters Millinery Supplies a Milliner will create a headpiece to suit your outfit, occasion, and personality. 

Play with all the angles, and attitudes, and enjoy the admiration you will receive when you step out wearing a hat..

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