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  1. It looks like the invites are now being sent out as we've had several enquiries over hats for this event already.

    Over the course of each summer HM the queen will hold a series of garden parties at Buckingham palace over June and into July.

    The invite states that hats and fascinators are to be worn by the ladies as there is the possibility of meeting the queen.

    The etiquette is not as formal as Royal Ascot where hats of a certain size only (10cms and upwards) are admitted into the royal enclosure, and over the years I have sold hats and fascinators in all shapes and sizes for the garden party.

    It is probably better to keep the brim small/medium rather than extra large as seen at the races. This ensures that not only is the hat easier to wear but that your eyes and face are in view when speaking to the other guests. I always feel this is not a good look if someone has to duck under your brim in order to speak to you!

    If you think back to the queen mother and the queen herself always wore a smaller hat with an upturned brim on one side so that the face was visible. The younger royals frequently opt for a pillbox or percher style hat, again for ease of wear but also so they have a good peripheral view.

    It really helps if you can bring your outfit into the shop when choosing your hat so that colours can be better matched and it always helps to see the whole look together when making your choice.

    We sell many styles and colours for this event and all our new summer stock is now in store. It is also possible to add feathers dyed to match other colours in your dress.  Crystals or pearls can also be added to the hat depending on the embellishments on the dress or the jewellery you intend to wear on the day.

    We look forward to seeing you for this wonderful event and helping you choose your perfect hat.

  2. Our new spring summer hats and fascinators are arriving in the shop for the next summer season.

    We have an exciting range of colours this year including soft blues and pale pinks. Watermelon is one of the big colours for this summer (a soft coral tone).

    Yellows and a deep cobalt blue have been delivered, unpacked and wowed about! The shops going to be lovely and colourful over the summer months.

    This summer many of the more unusual colours will also have matching clutch bags as we hear from our customers how difficult some colours are to get in other accessories.

    The bespoke jobs are starting to build up too, so if you want something unique and individual making for that special ocassion please give us as much time as possible so we have time to order in fabrics, dyes or special feathers.

  3. Today I have just finished making a hat for next years High Sheriff ceremonial role in East Yorkshire which starts in April.

    This is the 4th time I have made a ladies high sheriff hat and am aware of all the traditions and requirements needed for a hat like this.

    We decide on the shape of the crown and brim separately. The colour usually matches/tones with the velvet used in making the skirt suit.

    If the lady is taller, a slightly bigger brim can be used but still not so big that the face is in shade or covered. This means the brim usually turns up at one side. See the couture section in the online shop.

    I cover the crown using the same velvet as the suit and either a single large ostrich feather or a couple of neatly cut ostrich feathers in white to match the lace collar are stitched onto the front of the hat. Sometimes a button identical to the coat or shoe button is stitched onto the front of the feather.

    The high sherrif represents the queen at many civic functions around the county and is often in attendance if royalty do visit throughout their 12 month tenure.

    This hat is worn on many occasions throughout the 12 months so I always ensure it is of the highest quality and structure to withstand repeated wear and still looks as good at the end of their year in term.

  4. I've changed the fonts and look to our website, hope you like it!

    Throughout 2019 I will be extending and adding more of my handmade Couture range this year, one hat at a time as they are being made, so keep coming back to see what I've done.

    My handmade creations will be posted onto Instagram @Anzhats so follow me for all my latest designs, or our Facebook page - The Beverley Hat Company

    I'll be posting plenty of our SS19 stock on there too. 

    Please bear in mind that although we have over 2500 hats in shop they can't all be posted online on my website so feel free to come and pay us a visit or call on 01482 861046 for specific colours or combinations of colour.

    Hope we see you soon in the shop.


  5. I'd like to wish all our customers a happy, healthy, successful and peaceful New Year for 2019

    Our new spring summer stock will start arriving mid Feb onwards in this seasons wonderful colours. These include some fabulous shades of greens, watermelon ( a soft orange) reds, pale blues and pinks.

    Two Pantone colours that are really big for 2019 include Living coral and princess blue, see my Facebook account (The Beverley Hat Company) or Instagram (@Anzhats) posts for the colours.

    If you have a wedding this year, get your outfit first then come into see us for your accessories including hats, fascinators, handbags and pashminas in complimentary colours.

    If your dress or outfit has 2 or more colours I can also dye and add matching feathers into your hat of choice, or add crystals & pearls to match your shoes or jewellery.

  6. 375x500This week most of our customers have been looking for hats & fascinators to wear at Royal Ascot.

    The etiquette for this occasion is that the a hat ( or fascinator ) base must be at least >10cms or 4 inches in diameter, particularly in the royal enclosure. This is not essential for other parts of the racecourse.

    Many of our customers have come in for a myriad of wonderful colours particularly royal blues, reds and yellows.

    If you're unsure whether the hat you require will be suitable for ascot, call into the shop and we're happy to assist you.

    P.S. Dont forget your umbrella if it looks like rain as many hat fabrics are ruined if they get wet!

  7. Its been an exciting week in the shop, we started the week with the Tour de Yorkshire bike race coming past the front door on day 2 of the race with the amazing Bradley Wiggins and many other incredible competitors. Hats off to the sportsmen!

    We've sold a number of hats this week for royal garden parties at Buckingham Palace. The WI is 100 years old this year so many of the members have had an invite to one of the queens annual parties.

    The invite mentions hats as part of the dress code so we've seen a selection of beautiful outfits to match to hats this week. The ladies of the Womens Institute do an amazing job and raise a large amount of money towards charity each year, so its great the queen has honoured so many members with invites.

  8. Busy, busy, busy the festival of Christmas in the marketplace was wonderful this year again with thousands attending the event.

    All the traders were dressed in Victorian outfits and Santa and his reindeer were a highlight of the day.

    This year was the busiest the shop has ever been since the business opened and the atmosphere was great with everyone having an enjoyable day.

  9. Our lovely new styles for Autumn/Winter 13/14 have now started to arrive.

    My favorite amongst this seasons colours is a rich, deep red called pimento. I noticed a few high street dress shops have this colour in stock already and its selling fast. I especially like the small oval disk covered in Pimento velvet with quills and feathers - very elegant.

    Other colours this Winter include coffee's and a rich chestnut brown which seems to be making a comeback after several years of black and navy.

    Purple is around in every shade from pinky purples to a blue 'Cadburys' shade, I've alreday had customers into the shop with multiple shades of purples in an outfit.

    Winter White has always been popular and can be seen in various furs, felts and stunning ladies trilbys that sweep over to one side.

    I especially love the Winter stock and this year looks to be no exception with extremely wearable and fashionable hats.

  10. In March I was lucky enough to get a place on a week long course with the milliners milliner the delightful Rose Cory (photo of her on my gallery page). Rose used to make hats for the royal family and particularly for the late queen mother. We were also joined by an experienced milliner and haute couture tailor who used to be the fashion design manager for Vivienne Westwood.

    I had a wonderful week in London and learnt many new techniques including the making of silk flowers, felt hats, trims and a fascinator that wouldn't look half bad at Ascot!

    In the run up to Ascot I've used many of the new techniques and ideas I learnt earlier this year and have been pleased with the results. Many of my customers have been delighted with the results and its really gratifying to have so many smiling faces leave the shop.

    I've especially enjoyed working with and adding Swarovski crystals in a myriad of colours to our hats and fascinators on either silver or gold plated wires.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the highlights of Royal Ascot this year and trying to spot our hats, if you see an amazing hat be sure to pop into the shop and check if it's one of ours!