It’s a simple and oft-overlooked accessory, but between Rihanna’s bishop’s mitre at the May 7 Met Gala in New York and the fascinator frenzy sparked by Saturday’s British royal wedding where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot amid a sea of stylish headgear, the hat is making a comeback.
Of course, in Britain, where hats are still mandatory in many settings such as church weddings and Buckingham Palace garden parties, many would argue they never went away. “Without a hat at English society events, ladies will feel underdressed,” said London-based milliner Lady Laura Cathcart, who has designed headpieces for some of Harry and Meghan’s wedding guests.
That makes it the perfect opportunity to see how hats can be one of the hardest-working accessories in a woman’s wardrobe, bestowing elegance, boosting confidence and improving posture. “You feel like you’ve got this little exclamation point on your head of like, ‘Hi, here I am,’” said New York-based milliner Genevieve Foddy. “If you’ve never worn one before, you put one on [and] you just stand up a little bit taller.”