By DAISY SAMPSON firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some fashion choices that go down in history, forever referred to whether it be for all the right reasons or for all the wrong reasons.
The safety pin Versace dress worn by Liz Hurley to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral; the William Travilla white halter dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch and now the Philip Treacy pretzel hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the royal wedding has catapulted her into this hall of fashion fame.
While Princess Beatrice and the other royal wedding guests may have made the headlines with their creations, the occasion has launched a new interest among us common people in millinery.
Not many of us have the opportunity to slip on a Philip Treacy (and the rest of us do not have the inclination to) but a hat can be not only a great fashion statement but also a really practical accessory during the summer months.
A quick browse around the high street shops in the region will reveal the huge selection of styles currently available to buy, leaving it up to you to pick out what suits you best.
Many of the more casual looks on sale at the moment are straw inspired due to the time of year but that does not mean that everyone needs to be wearing the same style.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a beach cowboy then why not pick up a straw Stetson, or for those looking for maximum shade provision then look out for the floppy brimmed hats available in a myriad of colours and perfect for hiding under while you try to read your book by the pool. Alternatively a straw fedora is sure to make a simple statement.
When it comes to hats, the key is to pick out a style that suits your face shape, rather than following what the catwalks suggest.
For those with a round face you need to watch the size of the brim and look for a style you can wear at a jaunty angle to offset the roundness.
This season the straw trilby designs are perfect for the rounder face shape as the neat style and short brim are very flattering.
If you have a long face you need the opposite to the round face so the 1970s inspired floppy hats are a great way to effectively cut the length of your face for the most flattering look.
While oval face shapes benefit from streamlined shapes and upturned sides so the Stetson style is a good pick.
Take the time to try on the hat in the shop and it is good if you can call on a trusted friend to give their opinion before you head off to the check out.
While I love a good hat, they are not for everyone and as the royal wedding guests showed, a fascinator can be a good alternative.
A fascinator, apart from being the most wonderfully named accessory in the fashion dictionary, is neither a hat nor a hairpiece but something in between and the influx of 1950s inspired fashions has seen this fluffy, flowery or feathery creation back on the map.
For a bit of summer fun why not try a fascinator for a change. There are a large range available from many shops including Claire’s Accessories (located at Aqua Portimão) and Accessorize (found at Algarve Shopping).
I personally love hats and had almost forgotten that I even owned any until the excitement of the royal wedding reminded me.
A hat can either complete an outfit or be the focal point depending on what you choose, and for those of you who are yet to embrace the trend it is a great excuse to hit the shops!