6 Of The Best Summer Hats

6 Of The Best Summer Hats

Hat season is here - our fashion editor Robyn Kotze shows us her favourite six for weddings, races and the rest...

I admit I've never been a hat girl (too many Instagram girls in fedoras) but I love the season so I've chosen to go for it this year and found 6 looks to take me through. I personally still try to avoid the cheesy fascinators and comments like 'There's a bird on your head!' (be honest, we all know only Carrie Bradshaw can work that look). I grew up in Surrey so have done Ascot races, know the Cartier Polo in side out and all over riviera weddings. What does a hat need to be? Elegant. Directional. And super sexy.

The Look: The Modern Pillbox

Wear With: I love this hat's neon accent with the navy satin base! As the look is quite formal I'd wear my hair down and even a bit beachy to make the whole vibe cooler but wear a slightly darker dress (navy and merlot red) so the fluoro is considered and really pops. Finish off with an amazing pair olive suede heels, my favourite are Gianvitto Rossi - super chic.

Best for: Ascot, weddings and smart garden parties.

Hat: £248, Bundle MacLaren


The Look: Old School Hollywood Glamour

Anya Holdstock

Wear with: I'm a big fan of a wide brim and how beautiful is this hat tie? (I'd say use how I have as feature in the hair). This is the perfect hat to wear with prints, delicate florals or something loose and romantic. I'd stay away from bodycon (wide brims and bodycon result in that dated look we need to avoid), keep it looking chic and old school glam. I'd finish by layering fine jewellery and pair it with an oversized clutch or minimal shoulder bag.

Best for: The wedding of a life time.

Hat, £348, Lisa Tan

Shirt, £45, Gudrun Sjödén

Jewellery, Robyn's own.


The Look: City Chic

Anya Holdstock

Wear with: Hats are great for owning that exhibitionist moment. Finally, a hat cool with jeans (formal meets Pete Doherty type look) AND would work at Ascot with a peach or cream silk dress. Avoid drop earrings, rather opt for statement rings!

Best for: Meeting your boyfriends parents or seeing your ex at the races.

Hat, £348, Stephen Jones

Shirt, £45, Gudrun Sjödén

Jewellery, Robyn's own.


The Look: Duchess of Cambridge

Anya Holdstock

Wear with: Ok this is as royal as I go, but the apricot colour kind of grew on me. I've played down the formailty with a sexy backless dress (well in my case a back to front robe) and kept the hair sleek and chic.

Best for: A royal event or to meet the queen.

Hat, from a selection Mich Dulce

Robe, £438, Morpho and Luna


The Look: From Runway To Races

Anya Holdstock

Wear with: I feel like Lauren Hutton in this delicate boater style hat (DON'T be scared of boaters, they are my absolute favourite and by my far the coolest to go for). Perfect with a trouser suit and 90's strappy heels. This is probably what I would wear to Ascot... summery, cool yet has a bit of (who is she??) feel to it.

Best for: Henley or the polo

Hat, £300, Mich Dulce

Robe, £438, Morpho and Luna


The Look: The Ibiza Weddings

Anya Holdstock

Wear with: The sun's out but doesn't mean you should lose your fashion head. This is the way to indulge in your bright colour and print fetish - and keep your outfit classic and slinky. Pair with a miminal black heel.

Best for: Destination weddings.

Hat, £380, Yosuzi

Blouse, £95, Cecile Copenhagen


Shot in the beautiful Opus suite in The Berkeley Hotel

Photographed by: Anya Holdstock

Beauty by: Adele Sanderson

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