Having the spare cash always helps, of course: prices for ready-to-wear hats start at pounds 200, and couture hats (left) can cost anything between pounds 400 and pounds 750.
Do not despair, however; the prospect of owning a Philip Treacy hat is within your reach. He has been designing a more affordable range of hats exclusively for Debenhams for two years. The one pictured above right is pounds 85, and incorporates Treacy's favourite method of adorning hats - elegant black feathers. It is available at selected Debenhams stores nationwide.
If you are buying a hat this season, the mantra to repeat over and over again is: "It must be decadent, elegant, and wearable." Oh, and don't forget to wear eyeshadow, or your face will disappear behind the brim.
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