Post # 1
In my last three posts I have come to the conclusion that I am not a veil person and that a head band probably won’t work so well with the hairstyles I like. In my last post I learned that bridal hats exist. I am very much a hat person and if I am outside I’m probably wearing a hat. One of the reasons I look good in hats is that despite my very thick hair my head is actually smaller than average which means a lot of the one size fits all hats are too big for me. I have simple tastes and finding a simple cocktail hat is a feat in of itself. So before I trawl through the internet for days or decide to make one myself I thought I would get the bee’s opinion.
For background, here’s me with and without a hat.
My hair is very thick, straight on top, wavy underneath and collarbone in length right now. I am growing it out and I have nine more months before my wedding. I am getting married in the summer and I will absolutely be wearing my hair up (styled by a hairdresser). I am not open to suggestions of wearing it down or half up, half down. My hair is simply too hot in the summer to do that and I want to enjoy my wedding without being a sweaty mess. I am open to suggestions on up-dos if the bees think there is one that would suit my hair/face better. This is one I have been considering.
I would wear a hat closer to the crown of my head like this 1940s style hat
This is my favorite hat that I have found that I can afford however, because of the way I want to wear it I’m worried that it would give off a yarmulke vibe.
These are two hats that I very much like, but cannot afford.
In my searches online I have found that the hat bases are about $3-$5 and there are many tutorials out there about making your own cocktail hat. It really amounts to covering the hat base with fabric of your choice and adding some decorative touches. Since my tastes are simple, I think this is something within my capabilities. I own a sewing machine that I am pretty good with and I’m quite adept at hand sewing. I have a sewing reference book that details techniques for hand beading so I’m sure I could pick that up quickly. One of my main wedding colors is peach and I have been thinking that a hat covered in peach silk (just saw some on clearance at the craft store) overlayed with an ivory floral lace accented with seed pearls would be really pretty. My other main wedding color is a spring green, and I could see that as an underlay going really well with my hair.
So Bees, what do you think about bridal hats? Can you help me find one for under $40, or should I continue with my DIY adventure?
Post # 3
I actually really like the hat idea, have you checked ebay?
I looked through a few pages on ebay and there are all sorts of bridal hats.. not sure if you would be interested in any of those.
Post # 4
@Eckle: I think this is a great idea and I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the first hair inspiration picture you posted. I think it would suit you because it would give you volume at the sides rather than on top, which would work with your oval face shape. I also like the hats perched on the side of the models’ heads, c’est tres chic 🙂
Post # 5
@jenilynevette: I’ve looked at a few on Ebay, but there are lots out there and it’s difficult to dig through the flamboyant ones to the simple ones. I’m going to keep looking, but I’ve only been intermittently googling since last night.
Post # 6
Although I really love the 1940s style, black hat with the ivory flowers that you posted, I have to be honest and say that I am not as much of a fan of the white hats you posted. Part of it is the shape of the hats, but I also think part of what I don’t like is the starkness of the white.
I’m thinking that I would prefer a hat that is not so bright — perhaps one that is a champagne or blush colored instead? You could still have white or ivory flowers on it to match your dress.
Post # 7
@Brielle: Would you prefer a peach underlay with ivory lace then?
Post # 8
@Eckle: I like those!
I’ll try to look around for you.
Post # 9
YES!!! This is better! Love seeing the pics of you smiling, too! I love the black hat, and the hairstyle right above it. I agree with the PP about not doing white though.
Post # 10
No suggestions but LOVE LOVE LOVE the hat idea!!
Post # 11
@Eckle: =( I had a reply with about 5 links that you might like, but I accidentally exited out and lost them. Poop.
Here’s one that I had still up though. Its in black, but it says she’ll customize them, so maybe she can make one in white for you.
I dont know if this is the style you’re looking for. It might be too big. But I think it would look nice if you put some lace on it.
Post # 12
I’ve been lurking your threads and I have to say I LOVE this idea! I think it would be perfect for you. I think you should keep searching for the perfect hat though. The 1940s one you posted is amazing.
Post # 13
@Eckle: I’m not sure about peach (I lived through peach bridesmaids dresses in the 1980s and 1990s. 🙂 However, I think something that is a medium-toned, neutral that would go well with your hair would be best.
ETA: What do you think of this? I know it’s technically not a “hat,” but I think it’s beautiful:
Post # 15
i love the hat idea. to me it sounds best to DIY. i would pick color based on what looks best with your hair–maybe buy a few swatches of fabric to see. ivory would be beautiful with your haircolor–peach i’m not sure and i’m having trouble picturing it.
Post # 16
I think you should avoid any heavy headwear and just go with a sparkly hair pin! And for the record, you look better without a hat, your hair is gorgeous and you look like Amy Adams. Own it!