Hat Fashion Trends 2016

When buying each season its good to get an insight into the colour trends and styles for 2016. As has been the current fashion for the last few seasons, there is a lot of headwear on bands or held in place by thin elastic, all quite substantial and certainly not fascinators – these are far bigger, and come in the form of discs and pillbox shapes.

Larger hats have been in the shadows for the past couple of years, but this season we are seeing designers introducing some fabulous hat styles and shapes with the Audrey Hepburn look and 1950’s styles and shapes.

Flowers and petals have appeared on quite a few of the collections with the emphasis being on sheer elegance and simplicity of style.

I have seen Hat Fashions 2016 in the hat world but red and purple, together with white, and navy all seem very popular – which has been echoed by the outfits coming into the studio – I have noticed that nude which has been at the forefront for the past few seasons has taken a back seat – but then its nice to have the option of something nude if you want a soft kind colour which goes with most outfits.

As for Royal Ascot well as normal anything goes and I am sure we are going to see yet more wonderful creations at this showcase event for British Millinery.

I always think elegance is key to any hat wearing event and as is the case with the races (especially Royal Ascot) a little bit of Wow factor thrown in for good measure.

Hats in the UK

As regards hats in the UK, we are very lucky here in the United Kingdom because when it comes to hats – we are still the world leaders.

Our hat wearing has always, and continues to be the envy around the world, and with our Royal Family leading the way hats and headpieces are once more at the forefront of British Fashion.

Most weeks we have clients bringing into the studio family members who live abroad and who come in last minute to find a hat, sometimes they email us a picture of their outfit before hand, but none have ever left hatless.

One day I remember a big Italian wedding where they came straight from the airport all 25 ladies !! I will never forget as they drove off wearing their hats, as there was no room for hatboxes !! and of course everyone wants to look like the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge.

Of course like most industries there are countries who try to copy our hat making here in the UK, but somehow they just don’t get it right, and you end up with road kill on a comb !

All of our British Milliners are passionate about their craft, and that passion show in what they create, and I too share their passion and love of hats and headwear and I am sure we will all the lead the way in what has become a major hat revival for many years to come.