Hats for an English Black Tie Affair

Q. I am attending a black tie wedding (4 pm, followed by evening reception) in London, England, in May.  I  bought a navy chiffon cocktail-length dress, but I am told that my head has to be covered for the ceremony.  I know that women wear hats to English weddings, but I thought that was for daytime ceremonies. What should I do with black tie?

– Indiana to London

A. OOOH, have some fun with wearing a hat and enjoy a proper English wedding. I adore the idea and you can have fun with the extra accessories. Channel your inner Diana, Fergie and Queen and set your sights on something that adds a bit of sophisticated prim to your look.  And be sure to stash a thin comb and a travel hairspray for hair touch ups once you’ve removed your chapeau for the reception.

Helen Kaminski Kaylee HatNordstrom Ribbon Trim Straw HatLouise Green Lace Hat

left to right: Helen Kaminski Kaylee Hat, $85 at neimanmarcus.com (TIP: Try tying a navy satin ribbon around the hat to dress it up a bit); Nordstrom Ribbon Trim Straw Hat, $58 at nordstrom.com; Louise Green Lace Hat, $225 at neimanmarcus.com

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