WEDDING

CHOOSING YOUR MOTHER OF THE BRIDE & GROOM HAT

We firmly believe there’s a hat or fascinator to suit every face and our fabulous collection of Nigel Rayment exclusives are the perfect finishing touch for your mother of the bride or mother of the groom outfit.

Our advice is to try on lots of different styles – most of us aren’t used to wearing hats on a regular basis, so don’t instantly know what will work for us. And it can be very fun trying on the many different shapes and styles you will find. We find many mothers of the bride and groom spend several hours trying on different hat and outfit combinations before they find ‘the one’.  While there are no hard and fast rules, here are a few key tips to help you choose the perfect hat.

GET THE COLOUR RIGHT

Bold colour can work well as a contrast to neutrals (for instance red with navy), especially when you pick out the hat colour in shoes or bag for a co-ordinated look. A plain hat usually works best with a patterned outfit unless the hat has been perfectly matched – Nigel Rayment’s exclusives are designed to co-ordinate perfectly with each of our designer outfit so we have done the hard work for you.

Tip: The hat really needs to work with your hair and skin tone because its right next to your face, and sometimes this can be a starting point for deciding on the whole outfit. Pales and neutrals tend to be flattering choices for most mothers of the bride.

RIGHT HAT, RIGHT PLACE

At the risk of sounding obvious, do consider where the wedding is taking place. If this is likely to be a windy location, you will need a hat that has staying power so that you don’t have to hold on for dear life. And a small hat, fascinator or the halfway house (a ‘hatinator’) may be more appropriate for afternoon-into-evening events where you don’t want the hat to become a distraction. But for a high-summer gathering where you want a dramatic effect and shade from the sun a larger scale hat looks wonderful and is also practical.

Tip: Many of our hats are made in sinamay, which is a versatile and high-quality natural fibre (made from banana palm) that retains both its shape and colour. It’s also light to wear – a key consideration here in Dubai and weddings in hot places

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