Below are a few examples of shapes I would recommend that would be suitable to change up and play around with.
The hat shown above by MajoriBanks Millinery is a great shape and you could remove the felt twirls and add any kind of floral embellishments or feathers.
These hats by Jack and Jill Millinery are also great shapes that go with most styles of outfits.
After you’ve worn it a few times, you could remove the embellishments and add coloured quills, feathers, flowers, leather trims, Perspex, pretty much anything you can find!
This boater by Peacock Millinery would be fun to play around with.
You could remove the flowers and add a ribbon trim around the top or add different embellishments where the flowers were. Or even paint it!
Even something like the shape of this hat base from The Hat Box is workable.
After a few wears, you could remove the silk abaca detailing or even swap it out for another colour to match your outfit and add new details.
A little about my Go-To Hat
You may be able to guess this – my Go-To Hat is one I purchased from The Hat Box in Brisbane.
It’s by Kylie Heagney. A black percher that sits high on my forehead, covered with a low gloss sequin detail and a small arrangement of black feathers at the back.
I have worn this hat – I’m a little embarrassed to say it… 5 times!!
Each time I have embellished it slightly, to suit my outfit and to hide the fact I am yet again wearing my Go-To Hat.
Looking for your go-to hat? If you haven’t discovered Millinery Market yet, I encourage you to check it out! It’s the first online marketplace allowing you to rent or buy new and used hats. You’ll even find my go-to hat on there for hire!
How I embellish my Hat to suit my Outfit
Over the years I have learnt to curl feathers and quills- with a hair curler.
And it’s surprisingly easy to paint embellishments and sew them on the hat, or when I’m in a hurry… a hot glue gun. You can see how I painted white flowers in my Magic Millions outfit video.
I have also learned that using wire can make things sit exactly where I want them and can be great to attach to the base of a hat when you can’t get a needle through.
You can buy thin bendable wire from Spotlight and other craft stores in the section where they have the fake flowers.
Having a base allows you to play around a bit. Even with limited skills, you can sew pretty much anything and everything on.
For more ideas on how to embellish your outfit, check out this post about embellishing.
So let’s take a look at the many occasions my black percher has made an appearance…
Appearance #1 – 2013 Prime Minister’s Cup Race Day
The first event I wore it to was Prime Minister’s Cup in 2013. I had tan accessories so sewed on three little brown flowers to my hat. I placed first at this FOTF.
Appearance #2 – 2014 Queensland State Finals
The next time I wore my hat was to the Queensland State Finals. I purchased a beautiful white felt hat by @ladyofleisuremillinery but when it arrived the day before it didn’t sit right with my outfit. I am still dying to wear that hat, maybe this Autumn/Winter season!
The night before the competition, I removed the brown flowers, sewed on a black and white pheasant feather that I took off the white felt hat I purchased and covered the sequin base in the same black mesh I used on the panels of my dress. I placed second in this comp!