Photo by Strotz Photography/Hat by Amy-Jo Tatum
Cocktail Hats-Pancakes, beanies, toques, small and generally without a brim, these little hats sit tilted or perched atop the head. They're typically accented with florals, feathers, lace and beads. A cover of net or nose veil typically covers part of the face.
Photo by Rob Martell /Turban by Amy-Jo Tatum
Turban-Adapted by Hollywood circa the 1930s from Eastern headdress, a turban is a piece of fabric that wraps around the head. Tulle and net turban head wraps with bows, flowers, lace and jewels were popular sparking creative minds to add these chic headpieces to bridal
Picture Hat This has to be the most traditional hat for the daytime formal and a wedding is the ultimate.. Wide-brimmed and usually made out of straw or horsehair the picture hat is an all time garden wedding fave. Picture hats balance out most silhouettes, especially hourglass styles and ball gowns; the wide brim works with the volume in the skirt.
A few words here about selecting a hat. You can use some of the same guidelines going for a hat as you would for a veil: the simpler your gown is the more ornate your hat can be. Likewise the simpler the hat the more detailed your gown. If you can, get out and try hats on. This way you can check out if the overall symmetry is right. Best with your gown on and alterations finished to really see how the gown and hat compliment one another. The same goes for accessorizing: gloves and jewelry are important. Go ahead and experiment.
You're goning to find the best selection of hats in millinery boutiques. I know, I know, all those above-the-curve styles you love so much it seems are all only available through Etsy and indie-design sites. But you can visit a local independent shop to get at least get an idea of what scale, size and proportion will look like. before you send off for that gem. Remember, there's a hat out there to pair up with every face, body and gown. Once you find your match you'll gaze back in mirror knowing, this is the one . . . .