Good morning, beauties! Let’s just straight into today’s topic: Bridal Hats. When the bridal world’s current girl-crush, one of the industry’s leading boho dress designers and maybe even yours truly get on board with a trend, you know it’s a goodie! Bridal hats are everywhere right now, but would you rock one? We’re gonna explore the favourite (and quite varied) styles, how to pair them with a gown, when and how to style them and if not you, then maybe how the hubby can werk such an accessory!
Hold on to your hats, babes! I mean, are we right, or are are we right?! They’re pretty much the perfect casual boho addition to your bridal gown! Working perfectly with shorter or super long hair, the bridal hat can be utilised a gorgeous alternative to a veil, a prop for your photos, or just an easy way to add a little something different to your reception or evening style.
Take these shots from our very own Bohemian Romance shoot; the nonchalant addition of that camel-coloured hat adds a really effortlessly cool vibe to the bridal look. Placed lightly on her head, the hat neither ruins the hairstyle beneath, nor detracts from her beautiful features with it’s seamless, natural colour and soft texture. In fact, I think these might be some of my favourite shots from the shoot!
…Such a fun prop for bridal portraits too!
But if you won’t take our word for it, just check out Rue De Seine’s most recent campaign! The bridal hat prevails, yet again! Again in a beautiful neutral tone so as not to take away from the striking white of the gowns, its addition really adds character and says something about this wonderfully confident and original bride.
We especially love how Rue De Seine often choose to pair the hat with their long, bell sleeved gowns, such as the Adara and Sia. In terms of the bridal silhouette, it really balances the fuller sleeves and lower half of the gown. Plus, keep an eye out for the striking earrings and 60s style headscarf they’ve paired with it… Awesome styling, noted!
And just incase you’re still in need of more evidence that the bridal hat is a go-er, the alternative wedding industry’s favourite girl Officially Quigley is known for her bridal hats – not only for her own engagement shoot and wedding, but numerous of incredible shoots she’s styled and modelled for! We’re forever swooning over this girl!
Opting for quirky fashion-led shapes, adding carefully curated flowers to the rim and pairing her hats with other bold accessories (think jewelled capes and oversized pom-pom earrings), this babe is leading the way in bold, unapologetic bridal styling and we are HERE for it! *cue an overuse of the clapping emoji!*
They are beyond sweet, and doesn’t the hat just add a extra dynamic to the shots? All at once they can add something fierce, sweet, endearing and edgy!
And if you’re all for the white on white look, of course the bridal hat works in this scenario too! Looking especially striking with dark brunette or black locks, we love how the dark hair breaks up the white on white look – making it all the more striking.
As for the style of hat, we absolutely adore the fedora-esq styles, but there’s certainly scope for even more drama!
Enter: the wide-brimmed floppy hat. Just beginning to permeate the bridal scene, with the new Otaduy campaign, La Mer Est Calme, featuring both the gloriously oversized white piece below, and the soft neutral woven sun hat, also below. Creating a sense of European elegance, they’re both wonderfully understated, but also a memorable statement piece. We can see this style becoming a go-to for Summer 2019 brides – especially if we have another scorcher like this year!
Of course, who’s to say this is a look solely for the bride? We’ve seen many a groom absolute rock a hat through both ceremony and reception. We love them worn tilted back, so as not to detract from your groom’s gorgeous face, perfect for the cheeky chap these looks add character, while also making his look a little more casual for an outdoor celebration.
We love a man in a hat…
The short of it? Bridal hats are in, big time. And, while there are a few golden rules (eg. we’re yet to see this style successfully paired with an up do), there’s a lot of scope for self-expression and playfulness with this aspect of your styling. So have fun, take plenty of pictures to find the right shape and style to suit you (or your groom) and own it, babes!
Peace + Love
Image Sources: Jordan Voth, Lauren Nicole, Laurken Kendall, Lauren Nicole, Lauren Nicole, Daughters of Simone, Nicole Briann for A & Be Bridal, The Wild Bride for Festival Brides, Rue De Seine, Rue De Seine, Rue De Seine, Jordan Voth via GWS, Houghton NYC, Meital Zano via Bohemian Diesel, Houghton NYC, Meital Zano via Bohemian Diesel, Rituals of Love, Otaduy, Otaduy, Once Wed, Stephanie Paula via 100 Layer Cake, Lauren Nicole via Lovely Bride, Stephanie Paula via 100 Layer Cake, Chris & Ruth via Amber and Muse, Rebecca Amber via Grace Loves Lace, Chris & Ruth via Junebug Weddings