Non-rubbish hats for weddings

Life beyond the fascinator

It’s the one purchase that can fill even the keenest occasion-dresser with dread. But these hair-toppers are directional, no-frills and rather nice


Queen bee

OK, a big reason we fancy wearing this & Other Stories straw hat to a wedding is so we can feel as good as Beyoncé in the video for Formation. Honestly, we’d keep it on all night (imagine the dancing). But also it’s simple and black, which makes matching outfits easy. £19, & Other Stories


In full bloom

The cool girl’s alternative to a fascinator from British designer Hannah Davis at Wolf & Moon, comes in two colourways and is handcrafted from carved wood (the band) and acrylic (the flowers). It stays in place with two hair grips. Not a crinoline flower in sight. £95, Wolf & Moon


Box fresh

Make like Jackie Kennedy and top your outfit with a smart pillbox. This 100% wool felt version from
Indie Cindy comes in five colours (and is hand-blocked and stitched in the Pennines) but the fuchsia pink one just screams, “I’m taking this marriage business very seriously.” £85, Indie Cindy at notonthehighstreet.com


Beret nice

Yes, a straw hat is a popular choice for a summer wedding. But a hay beret?! C’mon, it’s in a league of its own. Maggie Mowbray Millinery makes two kinds, the very-in-demand version pictured and the slightly more unique triangle weave, both finished with a single porcupine quill. £180, Maggie Mobray Hats at Etsy


Wings of love

If you forget that it’s named after a bloke who flew too close to the sun and plummeted into the sea, this fascinator by Pearls and Swine (aka Yorkshire milliner Binks) is incredibly lovely. Covered in rainbow crystals, it secures with a hair comb. £90, Pearls and Swine

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