A hat is for life not just for Christmas...
After a busy Summer of hat commissions for weddings, the races, festivals and summer holidays I have started to produce my Winter Trilby and Fedora hat range.
I have searched wide and far for the best felts and my favouirte hat shapes, so I hope you agree. The main body is blocked by expert blockers in the UK to ensure the shape really lasts and then I collect the hats and finish them off in London. These hats are made from fur felt to ensure a long life and durability. Fur felt allows water to run off the hat and doesn't absorb let the shape will not be lost.
Keep your eyes peeled as the full collection as I will be putting it online soon. To stay up to date with whats happening here follow me on Instagram or Facebook.. If you are not on Instagram I suggest you give it a go..!
Grazia spotted my hats at Ascot so I let them know my do's and don'ts of choosing and wearing a hat for Royal Ascot or the Summer - READ THE ARTICLE HERE
"We’ve enlisted the help of up-and-coming milliner Kate Braithwaite (whose creations were recently turning heads on the grassy catwalks of Royal Ascot), to get the low-down on the dos and don’ts of hat wearing." - Tabi Jackson Gee, Grazia
The 6 essential hat-tricks
1. Make sure you try on different styles of hats and see what suits you – think about the shape of your face and finding a colour that will go well with your complexion. The perfect hat can transform you!
2. Be brave – maybe chose your hat first and then dress around this, this way you will be more adventurous! If you’re looking for a cocktail hat, be creative.
3. Try something that will give you height and make you feel elegant.
4. Don’t be afraid of wearing something that has been made with unconventional millinery materials. This is something I love experimenting with as feel it adds a contemporary feel and it’s a challenge to ensure the hat is still glamorous. You may not imagine yourself wearing a hat with plastic pleats!
5. Remember that you are wearing the hat all day and we are in England. You want to choose one that you will be comfortable in that fits securely.
6. Hats will extenuate your features, so you want to make sure you pick the perfect one to make you look your best.
Ascot rules- Ladies dress code is formal day wear. For the Royal Enclosure dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer. Dresses and tops should have straps 1 inch or greater.
Hats should be worn - a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
Fascinastors are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head - 4 inches / 10cm
Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.
Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
My hat for this summer is a felt and straw sunhat with my favourite Jane Carr silk scarf wrapped around!