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Bacall pillbox hat by Hostie Hats
Vintage glamour inspires our Spring summer 2017 collection
Bardot Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Dish: Ivory
Feathers: Ivory, Cherry Blossom, Valerie

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 HatsFor 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.

Loren Fascinator by Hostie HatsLike 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.



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Dish hats for the races
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.

Libra fedora hat by Hostie Hats
Hat Base Colour: Camel
Grosgrain ribbon colour: Black

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)!

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

Happy browsing!


Love Lucinda x

Capricorn and Aquarius Fedora by Hostie Hats
Summer Wedding Style!

As wedding season approaches we find ourselves delving to the backs of our wardrobes to see if our faithful summer dress will last another season. You can spend hours on the internet trying to find a hat or fascinator that will go with your outfit, unsure if the colours really match. Styling a wedding outfit can be a tricky business, you don’t want to upstage the bride or even be confused as one of the bridesmaids!! What you want to achieve is a stylish and elegant outfit that will make you feel good so that you can enjoy the day.

Chatsworth Dish HatBadminton fascinator and Longleat hatSurrey Twirl Hat


Wedge shoes are always an elegant and practical choice for weddings as there is nothing worse than making holes in the freshly cut grass with your kitten heels whilst trying to hold a glass of champagne in one hand and cradling a canapē in the other. Pashminas are no longer on trend so a slim fitting jacket or coat that matches your dress will keep the chill off your arms in church.  Finding the right hat or fascinator is so important  and can transform your look, but it can be a challenge getting it right. Think about the  balance of colour and structure in your outfit i.e. If you want to wear a floral or patterned dress it is best to wear a simple headpiece like our Longleat fascinator in one or 2 colours at the most to add balance to out your outfit, otherwise it can look a little overwhelming, alternatively if you’re wearing a structured dress which is made up of one or two colours you can go for all out with a statement headpiece like our ‘Badminton” or ‘ Chatsworth Fascinator’ to really lift your outfit.

So now when the wedding invitations start falling through your door you can sit back and relax knowing that your outfit is sorted. You just need to arrange the taxi, present, accommodation, babysitter…. who knew going to weddings could be so complicated!!!

Harewood 18" dish hat by Hostie Hats