Event Etiquette & Dress Codes


Whether you are looking for a bridal headpiece, traditional mother of the bride/groom hat or a fancy fascinator, weddings are the perfect time to really make a statement. 

Traditional wedding etiquette requires the mother of the groom to have a smaller hat than the mother of the bride, who is hosting. However in most modern cases this is not required as the bride and groom are hosting. It is always best to have these conversations ahead of choosing your hat so that you do not have any concerns around etiquette. 

And of course if you are a guest it is the perfect time to rock a hat or fascinator of any shape or size! 

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is an iconic social and sporting event consisting of five days of world class racing. It is an occasion heralded internationally as a major fashion event. With daily royal attendance and some of the most spectacular millinery features making an appearance, a spectacular hat is a MUST HAVE. 

‘Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are no longer permitted.’ Be sure to check your outfit also fits with the dress code

Henley Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta is renowned as the world’s most prestigious Regatta. Oozing with tradition and history, it is the self proclaimed ‘highlight of the summer rowing calendar and the social season in the UK’. Like Ascot, there are five days of elite sporting competition. ‘Whilst it is not a requirement, it is customary for ladies to wear hats.’

With regard to dress code, ‘a formal dress code applies in the Stewards’ Enclosure. Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee, or jackets or blazers with trousers, or trouser suits.’

However the Regatta Enclosure and public viewing spots along the river do not have this code – but of course we would still suggest a hat to finish off your look! 

Black Tie Events, Special Occasions, Balls and Proms

Hats. Fascinators. Tiaras. 

Whether you have chosen an evening gown, a formal cocktail dress or even an elegant suit. Whilst you are not required to wear a hat or fascinator – don’t let that stop you having the ‘complete look’. The fun of these events is being able to dress up to the nines. Remember – no look is truly complete without a headpiece!


Horse racing events

The Epsom Derby 

‘For 2022, Cazoo Derby Day will form part of the four day Jubilee weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, making this historic event even more of a special occasion.’

A formal/smart dress code is required and Ladies Day features a wealth of stunning fashion and exquisite millinery. Most ladies will be wearing a hat – so make sure you’re one of them!

The Qatar Goodwood Festival 

Also referred to as ‘Glorious Goodwood’. ‘Fashionistas flock to Qatar Goodwood Festival with sensational style hitting an all-time high come Ladies’ Day. The dress code is both chic and relaxed, with a simple tea dress or flowing maxi-dress being a perfect choice.’ Definitely not complete without an elegant headpiece!


Hosting four days of ‘extraordinary jump racing’, The Cheltenham Festival is an exhilarating sporting event and a stunning winter fashion affair. They do recommend you have the weather as well as fashion in mind for your outfit choices though!

The Grand National 

No social calendar would be complete without The Grand National; three days of exhilarating racing, remarkable prize money and a splendor of tradition.

Hats are optional but there is always a spectacular array of millinery and fashion on display!