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The hats you need for summer

Hats are important. Whether you’re gracing the Queen with your presence at Royal Ascot or meeting mates in the park for a picnic, what you wear on your head is a top style priority this season. Lucky for you we have milliner to the stars
Awon Golding on hand to give some sage words of advice – if Lady Gaga loves her, then so do we! Here’s her pick of the perfect hat styles for four key summer events.
Grab the Pimm’s and dust off your sundress. British summertime is here and you’re not wasting a single moment of sunshine. The aim of this look is ‘effortlessly cool’. Pair a wide-brimmed fedora or sunhat with a floaty floral dress for that perfect carefree look.
Straw Hat, £12.99, H&M
Go big or go home! There aren’t many opportunities to wear show-stopping hats but the races are a green light for all aspiring Eliza Doolittles. Add drama to your outfit with a wide-brimmed occasion hat with statement trimmings like oversized flowers and graphic feathers. Or a smaller disc with veiling and floral detailing is sure to be a big win in the style stakes.

Hope Lace Disc Bow Occasion Hat in Ivory, £89, John Lewis

Whether you’re clad in denim cut-offs or your boyfriend’s favourite band T-shirt, you’re going to be exposed to the elements as you shimmy from stage to stage. A hat is festival wear 101. Try a trilby or fedora as they keep you protected from the sun while you rock out.Havana Print Fedora Hat, £17.50, Marks & Spencer
First thing’s first – don’t upstage the bride! The key to the perfect wedding outfit is subtlety with a big helping of style. I’d recommend a feathered fascinator, as they’re easy to wear, with minimal stress about how to style.
Becky Large Shantung Disc Occasion Hat in Fuchsia, £110, John Lewis

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