Tea Party Hats

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Tea party hats for ladies and girls, from fun and fancy to sleek and sophisticated. You may think the days of elegant ladies in their beautiful tea hats are long gone, but I am here to assure you they aren't! Take a closer look as you pass that tea shop, or when you are headed to lunch with a friend, you just might spot a beauty in her finest millinery, crafted with care, or re-decorated to match her outfit.



Tea Party Hat Ideas for Afternoon Tea and Other Events

We can all appreciate more ways to make our investments into our apparel go further, so I thought I would jog your thoughts of how else you could make your head-wear for afternoon tea more versatile and use them for other occasions.

Most ladies who wear hats love to wear them frequently and if you are just starting to appreciate hats, it can be costly if you are trying to buy one for each outfit you would wear a hat with.

Plain and simple most who are buying ladies church hats, fascinators or even Kentucky Derby hats are not going to buy more than one to begin with. It is useful to look for one that is universal or versatile enough to go with several outfits until you build up more of a collection.

Helpful Hat Hints:

New to wearing hats?

  • Wool, tweed or other 'felted' hats are for Fall and Winter. 
  • Straw, sinamay or another woven or crocheted type of hat are for Spring and Summer. 
  • Also, veils are for day wear...no veils on your hat for evening wear.

A useful tip is to look for one where the band is not attached and you can make several different bands with flowers, ribbons, feathers, or anything that catches your fancy! Take a look at some of these tea party hats from Amazon to get ideas or to find the perfect hat for your next tea party, wedding or other special event:

The Ladies of the Red Hat Society have their own special flair that is hard to miss. You know just by looking at them they are having a wonderful time!

The Kentucky Derby and other grand races like the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes are prime locales to see and to wear your finery.

Weddings and other Church ceremonies, like Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve or the Vigil Mass for Easter Sunday, (some ladies wear hats every Sunday) are other places you will see some lovely specimens of millinery.

Victorian hats are the inspiration and the main influence in hats that are spotted at such events. 

Church hats have their own etiquette requiring narrower brims (ever been behind someone with a huge hat on?), but places like the Kentucky Derby, the bigger and fluffier they are, the better! In certain areas of the Kentucky Derby there are rules of dress code that are fairly strictly followed, so check up! 

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