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Where can I buy a proper hat for a wedding a la Duchess of Cambridge but without huge price tag?

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missmillimentscardigan Fri 08-May-15 14:41:33

Just that really. I want something more substantial than a fascinator, but not a big old wide brimmed hat. Does anyone have any ideas please? Ideally neutral in colour as I don't know what dress I'm wearing yet! Thank you!

DuchessDisaster Fri 08-May-15 15:16:20

Can you hire one? My mother does this quite a lot, gets lovely hats, but without the hefty price tag.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Fri 08-May-15 15:18:08


Liveinthepresent Fri 08-May-15 15:55:27

Another vote for hiring. I have done this a few times and have worn some amazing hats!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 08-May-15 15:57:04

What's your budget ?

nilbyname Fri 08-May-15 15:58:32

John Lewis

FadedRed123 Fri 08-May-15 15:59:29

Charity shops in 'posh' part of town or 'posh' suburb/village.

EuphemiaCoxton Fri 08-May-15 16:02:04

Ebay search vintage pill box hat

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 08-May-15 16:02:08

I was going to suggest JL too depending on budget.

missmillimentscardigan Fri 08-May-15 16:13:10

Thanks for the ideas! I would really like something like this

And will have a look at JL too. I don't really know what my budget is - it depends whether I'm hiring or buying. The hat I linked to is about £100 to buy, so maybe £30 to hire? So I don't know whether it might be better value to buy it, iyswim. Or maybe I'm just thinking king I won't want to give it back!

Dancergirl Fri 08-May-15 16:34:58

Whereabouts are you? There is a lovely lady in Herts who runs a millinery business from home.

FauxFox Fri 08-May-15 17:15:56

I got a C&A one for £4 in a vintage shop which would actually go with the blue dress you linked on another thread - I wore it with a side bun and it has an elastic strap that holds it on - if you like it PM me your address and i'll post you it grin

EuphemiaCoxton Fri 08-May-15 18:15:51

Try etsy. There are some beeyootiful hats on etsy. Some are ver' ver' expensive

missmillimentscardigan Fri 08-May-15 18:23:49

Wow, fauxfox - that's so kind of you! Thank you - I love that hat! Will pm you.

Also thanks euphemia - gorgeous!

FauxFox Fri 08-May-15 18:42:36

No probs - I love it too but I won't wear it again so it's better that it gets another outing grin

MaraThonbar Fri 08-May-15 18:57:13

The Stephen Jones stuff in Debenhams is pretty good.

CurlsLDN Fri 08-May-15 20:49:40

There are some beautiful hats here

This one is similar to the one you linked

CurlsLDN Fri 08-May-15 20:51:34

(I'd choose this one

missmillimentscardigan Fri 08-May-15 21:55:26

Ooh, I love both of those, especially the flower one.

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