With the MAGIC MILLIONS only a few days away, you may have already chosen a headpiece. If you haven’t we thought we’d give you a helping hand.

We spoke to milliner, CHRISTIE STOKES from CHRISTIE MILLINERY DESIGNS for some tips on what to look for this season.

What should people be going for – hats or fascinators?
I don’t actually like the term fascinators! To Milliners it denotes cheap, tacky bits of fluff glued together! But if it was hats or headpieces, it really depends on the person, their style and their face shape.

Headpieces are definitely more popular within the younger generation whereas my older clients still prefer to go for the more traditional hat.

Do you think big hats will come back in?
I hope so! Anna Mott (racing fashion guru) started a blog last year called “2012, the year of the hat” because of the large international focus on hats last year. With the Royal Wedding, Lady Gaga and Madonna bringing headpieces back on the map, in addition to headpieces and hats featuring on all the international runways, I think it’s time to embrace big hats in Australia!

Should people choose a headpiece then match and outfit to it or vice versa?
I always recommend buying the dress first.  You can then get a bespoke piece to match it perfectly.

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CHRISTIE’S RULES

1. SIMPLE DRESS = CRAZY HAT.  CRAZY DRESS = SIMPLE HAT.

2. FIND A HAT THE OPPOSITE TO YOUR FACE SHAPE. For example, for a narrower face avoid a tall, elongated pieces. For wider faces, avoid flatter, broader brims.

3. BUY THE DRESS FIRST. You can then get a bespoke piece to match it perfectly.

4. MILLINERY RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN!

CHRISTIE MILLINERY DESIGNS
www.christiemillinerydesigns.com
Tel: 0407 528 689
Twitter: #CMDMillinery



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