Changing trends – hats vs fascinators

As Cilla Black knew only too well, buying a hat is an important part of creating a striking wedding look. The crowning glory of your wedding outfit, your hat will form the perfect finishing touch and help you stand out from the crowd. When it comes to selecting your headwear, you’ll have to make the age-old choice between hat and fascinator. Both options offer a huge variety of styles and looks, making this a tough choice for wedding guests year in, year out. So which style of headwear is in right now? We decided to find out.

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Is bigger better?

If you want to stand out from the crowd and get noticed, oversized headwear is a great way to do it. As @Countrylifemag says “When it comes to creating a sense of occasion, which hats do better than any other accessory, size matters.” However, as both hats and fascinators can come in a wealth of different sizes, this doesn’t necessarily help you to make a decision. If you do want to go for headwear that makes a statement, look for hats with wide brims or fascinators that add height to your outfit. Remember that large hats and fascinators will automatically attract attention, so only go big if you’re happy to stand out.

What’s hot and what’s not?

A lot of women struggling to choose between hats and fascinators look at changing trends for inspiration. Unfortunately, you can find stylish fascinators and elegant hats in all seasons and, while one style might edge the other at certain times of the year, in general, either type of headwear can be on trend at any time. As long as you choose a piece that features on-trend colours and textiles, you should find that your headwear hits the perfect notes.


A lot of the time, fascinators are seen more as summer headwear while hats are worn more at winter weddings. Although this may be true for some people, there are no hard and fast rules about when you should wear a hat and when you should wear a fascinator. In fact, hats with wide brims can be ideal for summer weddings as they help to keep the sun out of your eyes and protect your face from UV light. However, if you are going to wear a full hat to a June, July or August celebration, make sure it’s made from light material otherwise it could cause you to overheat during the festivities.

Choosing the perfect headwear for your outfit should come down to personal taste rather than current trends. If you’re a fan of fascinators, then be bold and choose an eye-catching design to complete your look. On the other hand, if you can’t resist a good hat, take this as an excuse to splash out on some stylish headwear and enjoy the admiring looks you’re guaranteed to receive. Find out more about getting ready for the wedding season by exploring our site today.

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