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The Best Hats for Every Occasion

How to choose the best headpiece for your next fancy event.



If you’ve been gearing up for the most significant event on Dubai’s social calendar, the Dubai World Cup, fear not! Though the event has been postponed to a later date, there are still plenty of excuses to shop the latest hats, fascinators and other headwear. Fill some time while you’re staying safe at home and find the perfect piece to accentuate your natural features.

Award-winning milliner Evelyn McDermott gives us the basics in this video of what type of hat to shop according to your face shape. When wedding season kicks back in later this year, you’ll thank us!

So, where to start? Well, as Evelyn explains, there’s a lot to consider. From the shape of the hat and the size and colour, to how large the brim is to the trim – not to mention your outfit and other accessories.

The first thing to consider is your overall face shape.

Luckily for those with oval-shaped faces, just about anything goes, so feel free to experiment. If you’ve got a long-shaped face, you’ll want to choose something that helps balance out your features. A fascinator is ideal. Small and petite, a fascinator can be positioned to the front, back or sides of your head, depending on what works best for you.

Whatever your face shape, proportion is key. If you have a thin face, you’ll want to go for a full brim. If you have a broad face, go for a taller hat to help elongate. The same goes for trimming – whether short or long, trimming should be in proportion to the length of your face.

Other tricks you can use include playing with colour. Go for block colours for an exaggerated look or use different colours to help balance your style. Or play around with angling. Simply tilting a headpiece can help create a dramatically different look. Play with asymmetrical looks to see what works best.

Some of Evelyn’s stunning pieces include a grey and purple button hat with lace detailing, a pink wide brim hat and an Audrey Hepburn style wide-brimmed black hat with white ribbon detail.

We hope these inspire you, along with our selection of favourites, currently available to shop now!

If you’re looking for an affordable option…

LADY VINTAGE VINTAGE BIRDCAGE VEIL HAT

Vintage Birdcage Veil Hat Dusky Pink

aed 125 Lady Vintage London

DONIA ALLEGUE RITA KNOTTED LUREX TURBAN ‎

Rita Knotted Lurex Turban ON SALE

aed 220 Donia Allegue
aed1090 80

VOGA CLOSET BLUE FASCINATOR HEADBAND

Use code BRP for upto 20% off sitewide

Blue Fascinator Headband ON SALE

aed 67 Vogacloset
aed89 25

QUIZ MAUVE FLOWER HEADBAND FASCINATOR

Mauve Flower Headband Fascinator

aed 55.69 Quiz

ALDO TIGERPERCH STYLISH PANAMA HAT

Tigerperch Stylish Panama Hat Multi ON SALE

aed 74 Aldo
aed99 25

SOUTH BEACH EXCLUSIVE OVERSIZED STRAW HAT IN BRIGHT PINK

Exclusive Oversized Straw Hat in Bright Pink

aed 60.02 South Beach

If you’re looking to splurge…

NANA ALICIA BLACK FEATHER HEADDRESS

Alicia Black Feather Headdress

aed 1513.78 Nana

EMILY LONDON WINDSOR VEILED BERET

Windsor Veiled Beret

aed 2079.21 Emily London

MISSONI WOVEN STRAW HAT

Woven Straw Hat

aed 1560 Missoni

ELIURPI MULTICOLOURED FLORAL WOOD AND STRAW HAT

Multicoloured Floral Wood And Straw Hat

aed 2302.54 Eliurpi

EUGENIA KIM WOMEN’S MIRABEL STRAW SUN HAT

Women’s Mirabel Straw Sun Hat

aed 1960.30 Eugenia Kim

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