Which hat suits you best, according to royal milliner Jane Taylor

With Royal Ascot around the corner and weddings filling up our diaries, Duchess of Cambridge's favourite milliner tells us how to find the most flattering hat

Linda Sharkey
Friday 06 May 2016 19:24 BST
Jane Taylor recommends hats for different face shapes

With only few weeks to go to Royal Ascot 2016 and the wedding season hitting our calendars already, one might be panicking over outfit ideas and hats, but royal milliner Jane Taylor shares all the tips and tricks to choose a flattering hat design on your next buy.

Taylor is the creative mind and craftsmanship behind many of the Duchess of Cambridge's hats, including the one she wore for Princess Charlotte's christening last year.

Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in King's Lynn
Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in King's Lynn

"I'm honoured to be commissioned to create pieces for the royal family," she told The Independent. But with an eclectic and extensive shop on London's King's Road, where she also has her studio, her clientele, in general, is pretty high-end, with prices per hat ranging between £250 and £1,000. But besides her royal fans, she's gained huge celebrity following like Rita Ora and Paloma Faith.

Taylor launched her first bespoke collection in 2008, quickly establishing herself as the go-to hat designer.

Today, after many years of experience, she says that Royal Ascot is the busiest time for the studio, having very little sleep before the races to get them all done. “From six months before we are just so very busy, I think people leave it till the last minute.”

Jane Taylor's piece from her latest collection
Jane Taylor's piece from her latest collection

Best hats for your face shape to enhance the best of you this summer:

Round face: “Pick something a little angular to give definition. It compliments your bone structure.”

Square face: “Take something to soften it, for example, feathers, veiling and rounded shapes. Keep away from angular hats and keep the trims soft.”

Deep forehead: “Choose a piece that doesn’t give too much height, shallow crowns are best.”

Everyone: "Asymmetrical shapes and brims suit everyone and are very flattering along with rounded cocktail hats."

If you need further inspiration, Royal Ascot has collaborated with other British milliners of the likes of Steven Jones and Philip Treacy to create a capsule collection of hats.

See you glammed up down the races.

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