If you are anything like me, last minute changes to your race outfit are inevitable.
One thing you should always have on hand is an extra hat.
The Go-To hat. The saviour.
The kind of hat you can play around with; cut, twist, paint, cover… whatever it takes to make it work with your outfit. A must-have when trying to cope with the mad panic you’re in the night before.
On many occasions I’ve had a beautiful hat made, just to discover (to my horror) it does not quite suit the outfit.
In this situation, don’t despair, you can wear the hat later. You will find an outfit that does work with your new, gorgeous and probably expensive hat.
But what to do in the meantime? The FOTF event is only hours away!
What makes a good Go-To Hat
A suitable hat for last minute panics is one that has a good base and a plain colour- black, white, cream. Or a block colour that you think can tie in well with other colours and outfits.
Start with a percher, or pill box, something without too much detail. You want to be able to add features to the hat, so if it already has a dominant embellishment, it won’t do.
If the only hat you do have is one with a large detail feature, you should be able to remove it. They are usually sewn on, so just take it off and work with the base, replacing the feature at a later date if you need it.