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Winter Wedding Hats: Our 2018 Edit

We love a winter wedding and whether you are a wedding guest or a Mother of the Bride or Groom, no outfit is complete without a beautiful winter wedding hat to complement your outfit. Our Autumn/Winter 2018 range features gorgeous winter wedding hats adorned with feathers, flowers, bows, jewels and veils; each designed to set-off a gorgeous winter coat and outfit combination.

Here’s a few of our favourite winter wedding hats from current range

Cooper Pillbox hat by hostie hats

Cooper Pillbox hat – Base: Alabasta felt; Flower: Latte, Feather: Flesh; Bow: Ivory

We adore the Cooper Pillbox hat and it is a great winter wedding hat.  The Cooper features a luxurious felt base, featured here in Alabasta felt which is a new shade for 2018.  It is then trimmed with a large English-style rose which is beautifully framed with a crinoline bow and two short feathers.

New for Autumn/Winter 2018 are our cocktail hats.  Our cocktail hats are small and beautifully formed and are designed to be flat to the head and perched to one side. One of our favourites is the Blyton which comprises a felt disc base is adorned with a jewelled spider, bee and flower in metallics and diamanté. This will look gorgeous against a winter coat and will add that special finishing touch to your outfit.

Blyton cocktail hat by hostie hats

Blyton Cocktail Hat – Base: Black

Austen dish hat by hostie hats

Austen Dish Hat – Base: Fuchsia felt, Bow: Shock Pink

If you are looking for something a little larger then the Austen Dish hat is an absolutely beautiful choice, and we think that this hat is perfect for any winter mother of the bride. The Austen dish hat comprises a felt dish base available in a large choice of colours and is trimmed with  a large, double-looped, diamond patterned sinamay bow.  The loose ends of the bow wrap neatly around the brim edge. You can choose to have the bow in a colour to match the base or a contrasting colour; either of which will look fabulous. The hat is made on a hair band which we will match to your hair colour.

Another of our favourite winter wedding hats is the Atwood hat. Perfect for a winter wedding or a day at the races, the Atwood dish hat comprises a small tear-drop shaped felt dish base with upturned edges beautifully adorned with orchid style flowers. The hat pictured here is made on a hair band which will be matched to your hair colour.

hostie hats Atwood dish hat

Atwood Hat – Base: Royal Blue Felt, Flower: Shock Blue Dark

We want you to be able to choose a hat which perfectly matches your outfit so you can have your Hostie Hat in any combination of available colours. Take a look at our felt colour chart to see how we can adapt the hat to match your outfit. You can choose the colours yourself or we will work with you, free of charge,  to ensure you are perfectly colour matched for the big day.  We send out colour samples, free of charge, all you need to do is contact us via

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy shopping and I look forward to creating your dream hat soon.

Lucinda x

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Fedora Hats – the perfect Christmas gift

Fedora hats are the ultimate way to stay stylish and keep warm during the winter months.  They are versatile and look great; not only on a long walk in the country but also for winter race meetings and wedding alike. They can also make a great Christmas gift.

At Hostie Hats we have a great range of fedoras to choose from; and the best bit is, you can choose a style and colour  to perfectly match your outfit.  All of our fedora hats are available in up to eight different base colours which range from  classic chocolate or navy to  bright teal or rich red wine. Depending on the style chosen your hat band can also be customised to perfectly match your winter outfit.

We have some gorgeous new additions to our fedora hat range for Autumn/Winter 2018, all of which are fully customisable as well as some great timeless fedoras which you will wear year in year out!  Here’s a few of our favourites.

Dickens fedora hat

Dickens Fedora  – Base: Black felt; Band: Black; Bow: Black

The Dickens Fedora hat is the perfect fedora for a winter wedding or a winter race day.  The felt base is beautifully offset by a leather hat band adorned with a luxurious bow made from diamond patterned sinamay which is available in any colour from our colour chart.

Also new for 2018 is the Orwell fedora which features a felt fedora base trimmed with a leather hat band and a beautiful brooch in fanned white, cream and brown pheasant and guinea fowl feathers. The Orwell Fedora is a beautiful fedora, perfect for country walks or a day at the races or  in the field.

Orwell Fedora Hat

The Orwell Fedora – Base: Wine felt; Band: Brown; Brooch: Natural feather

King fedora hat

The King Fedora Base: Black felt; Feathers: Guinea Fowl

The King Fedora hat is a great addition to our fedora range and is proving very popular for 2018. It comprises a fedora base trimmed with a beautiful, deep, guinea fowl feather band. We love the monochrome look with the black fedora base.

Another of our favourites which is brilliantly on trend for AW 2018 is the Clove fedora. This fedora, which features your choice of fedora hat base is  trimmed with a gorgeous band and bow made from leopard print grosgrain ribbon.

Clove Fedora hostie hats

Not only are our fedoras available in a huge range of colours, they are  also available in 4 different sizes:

Simply measure around the circumference of your head just above your ears to ensure you order the correct size.

As with any of our hats you are more than welcome to request a free colour consultation where we work with you to match your hat perfectly to your chosen outfit.  All you need to do it tick the ‘Request a Colour Consultation’ box in the check out process and we will be in touch.

If you have any questions about any of our fedora hats please don’t hesitate to contact me via

Happy Browsing

Lucinda x

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Our 2018 Edit: Mother of the Bride and Groom Hats

We understand that it’s not every day that you wear a hat, you may never have worn a hat before, and as the Mother of the Bride or Groom you are one of the most important ladies in the room on the big day (apart from the Bride). We want you to feel absolutely fabulous in your chosen ‘Mother of the Bride hat’.  We can help to guide you through your hat purchase to ensure your hat perfectly suits you and your outfit.

If you are unfamiliar with wearing hats and don’t know where to begin the first thing we recommend is trying on as many styles and shapes of hat as possible.  You can then begin to understand what suits you, what you feel comfortable in, what brim size you would like and whether you want a hat or something on a hair band or elastic.

Book a Private Mother of the Bride/Groom Hat Consultation at Our Studio

You can make an appointment to come and have a consultation at our studio in Lincolnshire where you can try on our full range of hats and styles and we can work with you to find the right Mother of the Bride hat style and colours for you and your outfit.  If no one style is perfect for you we can create a bespoke hat for the big day.

If you cannot get to us we are more than happy to work with you whether over the phone, social media or email, exchanging photos and colour swatches to help you to get the best Mother of the Bride or Groom hat for you.  Lucinda has a keen eye for colour matching and with our extensive colour chart you can be sure that your hat will perfectly match your outfit’s colours.

Our Edit: Mother of the Bride Hats

Moet Hat

Moet hat in Blue Note

The Moet Hat is a great Mother of the Bride or Groom hat. The base and the crinoline bows can be in different colours so you can pick out an accent colour for your outfit.

The Collins Dish hat is a beautiful Mother of the Bride hat with lots of flexibility to pick out the colours in your outfit .  It has a very romantic style and although it looks like a hat is actually made on a double hair band which is comfortable to wear and reduces the ‘hat hair’ effect of a traditional brimmed hat.

Collins Hat

Collins hat in Base: Ivory, Feathers: Ivory, Roses: Ivory

Tequila Dish Hat

Tequila Dish hat, Base: Silver, Bow: Silver

The Tequila Dish hat is made on a smaller dish if you are looking for a smaller hat that still has a brim. The crinoline bows make this smaller dish hat feel more substantial.

If a Pillbox/Cocktail Hat is more the style you want then the Spritz pill box hat is a great choice.  The feather detailing allows you to choose up to 3 colours to pick out accent colours in your outfit. This hat can come on your choice of hair band or elastic, whichever you would find the most comfortable.

Spritz pillbox Hat
Ameretto Fascinator

Amaretto Fascinator: Feathers and Loops: Blue note, Pink Pink

A fascinator is another style option for you as the Mother of the Bride or Groom.  We love the Amaretto Fascinator from our 2018 collection and the feathers come in up to 3 different colours allowing you to perfectly personalise your hat.

We hope that you have the best day at you Son or Daughter’s wedding and we would love to see photos from the big day. Please send them to us on or tag us into your photos on Facebook or Instagram.

A Note on Wedding Hat Etiquette

We know you will love your hat and want to wear it all day however not everyone will be as comfortable! Etiquette dictates that your Guests will take the Mother of the Bride’s lead on when to remove their hat, usually just prior to the wedding breakfast.  If the venue permits it, try to find a way for guests to secure their hats whilst the festivities continue.  A great way to do this is providing a ‘washing line and pegs solution’ usually against a wall where hats can be pegged up and kept safe.

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Hostie Hats for the Races – Our Pick from the 2018 Collection

Whether you are attending The Grand National, The Derby, Royal Ascot or York’s Ebor Festival a day at the races is the perfect excuse to dress up, wear a hat and have a great time. At Hostie Hats we have your race day hat needs covered!

Moet Hat

Moet hat in Blue Note

We have a great range of brimmed hats for the races. We love the Moet with its drop brim and dramatic patterned crinoline bow detailing. Another favourite is the Whiskey, a fabulous east-west design with the choice of a metallic underside to the brim.

Our range of Dish hats are always a very popular race day hat choice. They have the look of a hat but are less likely to result in ‘hat hair’ as they are made on a comfortable double hair band.We ensure that the hair band matches your hair colour.  We have a large range of dish hats from the large Appletini to the more discreet Daiquiri.

Appletini Hat

Appletini Dish Hat in Gold

Rum Hat

Rum Cocktail hat in Base: Latte, Veling: Ivory, Rose: Latte

If you are looking for a chic alternative to a full hat then our range of cocktail hats and pillboxes will suit you perfectly.  Our 2018 range of hats for the races come finished in a variety of materials, from feathers & dramatic veiling to beautiful patterned crinoline bows. Our favourites are the Rum, Gin, Scotch and Calypso hats.

If you are looking to make a dramatic style statement with your hat for the races our range of large fascinators is where you should be looking. Our Margarita fascinator is an absolute show stopper for a ladies day race hat in 2018. The Margarita Fascinator comprises a dramatic ring of large ostrich feathers with a centre of cotton flowers. The fascinator comes on a hair band and is made on a 4” base so is suitable for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.

Margarita Fascinator

Margarita Fascinator in Feathers: Ivory
Flowers: Mortadella

Scotch Hat

Scotch Cocktail hat in Base: Flesh
Beading: Crystal, Feathers: Pink Pink, Flesh, Denim Light, Vanilla

Perfectly Colour Matched Hats for the Races

All of our hats are made to order and are available in any colours of your choice from our extensive colour chart so you can be sure that your hat for a day at the races perfectly matches your outfit and is unique to you.

You can choose your own hat colours or you can leave it in our very capable hands. We are more than happy to work with you to achieve the perfect hat and we send out colour swatches prior to making the final hat to ensure you are completely satisfied with the chosen colours.

If you have any questions about our hats or service we provide then please don’t hesitate to contact us on

We hope you have a great day at the races!  We’d love to see your finished race day outfits- please tag us into any photos on Facebook or Instagram!

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Video – How to wear a tear drop shaped pillbox hat

We love a pillbox hat here at Hostie Hats.  They are chic and are suitable for any occasion whether that’s a wedding or Ladies day at Ascot.

Occasionally our customers aren’t sure whether they are going to suit a pill box, or they are worried about the hat elastic, thinking that it will roll up or be too tight throughout the course of the day. No one wants to spend the day constantly fiddling with their hat – not when there’s champagne glasses to hold!

We have created a special video to show you how to correctly put on your pillbox hat to ensure that it stays put all day and that it looks great when you are wearing it.

We hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

To shop our full range of pillbox hats, please click here.

Monroe Pillbox hat by Hostie Hats
Hat Base: Blue Note, Twirl: Silver/Pearl
Leigh Pillbox hat by hostie hats
Hat Base: Magenta, Orchids: Magenta

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Vintage glamour inspires our Spring summer 2017 collection

Inspired by the vintage glamour of Hollywood’s iconic leading ladies from Bardot and Hayworth to Loren, Hostie Hats is proud to introduce its Spring/Summer 2017 collection. From classic pill boxes trimmed with feathers and flowers, to romantic fascinators and beautiful large brimmed sinamay dishes, Hostie Hats has 26 show-stopping designs that ooze sophistication and style.

Making a stylish statement at summer events couldn’t be easier; the SS17 collection is perfect for Ladies’ Day at the races, garden parties or weddings. Hand-made in Lincolnshire to the very highest quality, Hostie Hat millinery is available in any colour way and can be colour-matched to perfectly compliment any outfit, creating a completely individual and unique design at no extra charge.

Hostie Hats founder and milliner, Lucinda Hostombe Shooter, says: ‘This season I turned to Hollywood’s screen legends for my inspiration, drawing on their classic style and glamour to create a luxury, timeless collection.”

Hayworth pillbox hat by Hostie Hats

For something fun and fabulous for Ladies’ Day, the Bardot has it all. With a sinamay dish base and spray of cut coque feathers, this striking creation attaches to the head with a ribbon-wrapped band to match hair colour.  With feathers available in up to three different colours, the hat can also be customised to match any outfit.

Delicate and summery, the Hayworth is perfect for weddings or a day at the races. A sinamay pillbox base is adorned with delicate cut coque feathers in up to three different colours. Available on a headband or elastic matched to hair colour.

Like its glamorous namesake, the Loren is sure to take centre stage whatever the occasion. Comprising an 11cm base set on a hairband (suitable for Royal Ascot), it is trimmed with an explosion of cut feathers.  Up to three different colours for the feathers to make it perfectly match your outfit.  The hair band is matched to hair colour.

Loren Fascinator by Hostie Hats

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On trend fedoras for instant autumn/winter style

As the nights draw in and it gets colder outside it can be difficult to know what to wear to keep both warm and stylish. Well look no further! At Hostie Hats we have the perfect on-trend way to keep the chill off and still look great whether you are at the school gates, on a winter walk, at a race meeting, going into town to meet the girls or even at a winter wedding – The Fedora! Fedoras are such  versatile hats, and look great with both a smart winter coat and a tweed coat and wellies for a winter walk.

Capricorn Fedora Hat by Hostie Hats

Hat base in Brown
Natural Pheasant Feathers

At Hostie Hats we have 7 great fedoras to choose from, starting from only £49. Each of our fedoras is fully customisable so you can choose the perfect colour and hat band combination to suit you at no extra cost. You can choose from a range of 8 base colours from blacks and greys to warm wine tones and even teal for the ultimate colour pop! Not only can you choose your fedora base colour but there are numerous hat band options depending on the hat style you choose. You can choose a fedora with a simple grosgrain band, a beautiful beaded band in black, ivory or multi, feathered bands which can be dusted with an accent colour or full on pheasant feather fabulousness to make a real statement.

Our fedoras come in 4 sizes; small – 55cm, medium-57cm, large – 59cm or extra large – 61cm. We suggest you measure your head prior to ordering. The best way to do this is run a dress makers tape around your head just above your brow line and skimming the top of your ears – you may need an assistant to help you! Once you’re sure of your measurement simply choose the corresponding hat size at the checkout.

Ordering with us at Hostie Hats is easy, simply visit our fedoras page, choose your preferred fedora style then the colour combination you want.

If you’d prefer we can do that hard work for you, simply request a colour consultation before putting your chosen fedora style in your ‘hat box’ and we will be in touch to discuss you requirements, send you colour swatches and act as your own personal hat stylist.

We think that a fedora is such a great investment- the style is timeless and you will be retrieving it from your wardrobe year in, year out to complete your winter look. Treat yourself or put it on your Christmas list (we also sell gift vouchers)!

Libra fedora hat by Hostie Hats

Hat Base Colour: Camel
Grosgrain ribbon colour: Black

If you have any questions about our styles or service please don’t hesitate to get in touch via

Happy browsing!

Love Lucinda x

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How to style a winter race day

As an avid racing fan and racegoer I am often asked for my top tips on what to wear at the races in the middle of winter! Here are my top tips and they’re not all about hats…(I know, really!) Here’s a little piece I wrote for a magazine last season so I thought I would share it with you!

Aquarius Fedora by Hostie Hats

If you have a race day approaching like Ascot and Cheltenham it is time to find an outfit for the races that is stylish yet comfortable, whilst feeling warm and snug. Often at the races we are on our feet all day so choosing the right footwear is so important. Leather or suede knee boots will always look elegant and a wedge heel is always handy when walking on rough and wet terrain. A well-fitting tailored coat is perfect for the winter races and can transform your outfit, but forget about florals and pastels, choose darker richer colours in wool, velvet or tweed and don’t be afraid of winter white as this is always a real head turner. Follow the Duchess of Cambridge and add a felt pillbox or saucer hat, this will seriously up the style stakes and will complement the heavier fabric of a winter coat.  For a more casual winter look a stunning tweed cape is chic and practical, team it with one of this seasons on trend trilby’s or fedoras to ensure you will always stand out from the crowd!

So before you delve to the back of your wardrobe remember a winter racing outfit can be styled for comfort and warmth as well as style. So enjoy your day at the races with effortless style and fingers crossed you get a winner!