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How to put on a Pillbox Hat on an Elastic

We get a lot of people who are worried about having their pillbox hat supplied to them on an elastic band as they are unsure how to put it on so that it stays in place all day.

We have created a handy how-to video for you to follow:

  1. Put hat around over your head so that the elastic is at the back of your head and the hat in front of you
  2. Pull any hair out of the elastic band so that the elastic sits completely underneath your hair at the back
  3. Move the hat upwards to place on your head in the desired position
  4. If needed, secure the elastic in place with grips.

I hope you enjoy wearing your hat!

Lucinda x

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Celebrate in Style this Summer

Wow, it’s been a long year! At Hostie Hats, the team and I are itching to create unique hats, fascinators and headpieces for our wonderful customers. So whether you are attending a wedding that has been rescheduled 3 times or are looking forward to finally enjoying a day at the races we think you should celebrate in style! You deserve it!

Here, we wanted to showcase some of our most popular and striking hats to help you to make your decision.

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Vichy Dish Hat
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Warwick Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Warwick Dish Hat
Warwick Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Warwick Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Buckingham Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Buckingham Dish Hat
Buckingham Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Buckingham dish Hat by hostie hats
Deauville Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Deauville Dish Hat
Deauville dish hat
Deauville Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Nimes Hat Hostie Hats
Nimes Dish Hat
Nimes Hat Hostie Hats
Nimes Hat Hostie Hats

And last but by no means least…..

Camargue Fascinator Hostie Hat
Camargue Fascinator
Camargue Fascinator Hostie Hat
Camargue Fascinator Hostie Hat

We hope you enjoy browsing our site. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Lucinda x

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Winter Country Style

Picture: Aquarius fedora in green, Capricorn in wine, Aquarius in camel

This winter we all need a bit of cheering up. With the events of 2020 causing such disruption to our daily lives we need not to lose a sense of ourselves and you can never underestimate how the simple pleasures of how we dress can set us up for the day. This is why the humble country walk, whether for pleasure, exercise or mundane dog walks need to be overlooked style wise.

Never underestimate the effect of your clothes on your mood even if its only the local wildlife that is going to see you. Its how we feel on the inside that matters. So shove that bobbly hat to the back of the cupboard and treat yourself or even better a loved one to one of our fedoras. We have an extensive range of colours and trims to suit the subtle country outfit or a city walk. Get out in the fresh air and do it in style in a Hostie Hat Fedora!

The Capricorn fedora
country fedora, lady in field wearing fedora with dog

I had a lovely order from a gentleman who had not seen his wife in 6 weeks. As she was isolating with his mother in law due to Covid. To lift her spirits he ordered her a fedora as a surprise for their daily walk. She was beyond thrilled, what a thoughtful idea.

So for the ultimate winter country style take a browse through our fedora selection or contact us if you need help designing a style to suit you.

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Autumn / Winter 2020 is Here!

At Hostie Hats we are very excited to announce the arrival of our Autumn/ Winter 2020 range of wedding hats, race day hats and fedoras.

As ever, all of our hats are available in any colour way, and you can either choose your own colours from our extensive colour chart or we can assist and advise in your choice of colours.

We send out colour swatches FREE OF CHARGE so that you can be absolutely sure that the hat or headpiece will be a perfect match to your outfit for that special occasion. To order a sample simply

  1. Choose the swatches from our colour charts you would like to see; and
  2. Send us the list via email to

Not only can you choose your own colours but we also give you the option of ordering the hat exactly as shown on the website or we can work with you as your own personal consultant to help you to choose the best colours for your chosen outfit. Simply place your order and we will be in touch to help you out.

Winter Wedding & Occasion Hats

We have used some beautiful felts in an amazing range of colours for our winter wedding hats for 2020. Each hat is adorned with feathers, veiling, and crinolines to name but a few, which will ensure that your outfit has the perfect finishing touch for that Winter wedding.

Gogh Pillbox Hat Hostie Hats
Gogh Pillbox Hat
Raphael Dish hat Hostie Hats
Raphael Dish Hat
Pollock Pillbox Hat
Magritte Pillbox Hat Hostie Hats
Magritte Pillbox Hat
Dali Pillbox Hat Hostie Hats
Dali Cocktail Hat
Vinci Pillbox Hat

Winter Whites & Brights

Winter occasion hats don’t have to be in black or navy. Why not try injecting a pop of colour into your outfit. These jewel bright felts look great when teamed with a classic black or navy based outfit, and ensure you will stand out from the crowd.

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Vermeer Pillbox Hat
Renoir Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Renoir Dish Hat
Picasso Pillbox Hat Hostie Hats
Picasso Cocktail Hat
Turner Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Turner Dish Hat
Titian Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Titian Dish Hat
Claude Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Claude Dish Hat

Complete your Winter look with a Fedora

A fedora hat is the perfect way to smarten up and complete your winter daytime look. From a winter race meeting to a country dog walk one of our stylish fedoras will finish off your outfit perfectly.

Duchamp Fedora Hat Hostie Hats
Duchamp Fedora
Cezanne Fedora Hat Hostie Hat
Cezanne Fedora
Manet Fedora Hat Hostie Hats
Manet Fedora

If you have any questions about our hats and headpieces or any element of our service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via

Happy Browsing

Lucinda x

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Introducing our Autumn/Winter 2019 Range

We are delighted to launch our Autumn/Winter range. Whether you are attending a Christmas-time wedding or a New Year Race meeting; we have the hat or headband to suit all styles.

All of our hats are available in any colour way, and you can either choose your own colours from our extensive colour chart or we can assist and advise in your choice of colours. Alternatively you may have fallen in love with the image on the website and you can choose to simply order that hat in those colours. We are more than happy to send out colour samples free of charge so please don’t hesitate to contact us on

Winter Wedding Hats

Chateau Dish Hat Hostie Hats
Muscat Pillbox Hat Hostie Hats
Pinot Dish Hat Hostie Hats
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Fume Dish Hat by Hostie Hats

Whether you are looking for a larger brimmed hat style or a chic and petite pillbox hat, our Autumn Winter 2019 range has it all. You can choose from so many different rich felt colours for the hat bases, all of which will look great teamed with a winter coat.


Blanc Headband Hostie hats
Sherry Headband Hostie Hats

We have added two great headband styles into tour Autumn /Winter range. These are so popular and on trend right now and are a great alternative to wearing a hat. Our Blanc Headband is made from a luxurious felt velour trimmed withe a delicate, jeweled fern. The Sherry Headband is bolder and features a beautiful fan of pheasant feathers.

Winter Race Day Hats

Cava Dish Hat Hostie Hats
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Cabernet Fedora Hat Hostie Hats

We love a natural feather for a race day hat in Winter. These beauties all show case the natural beauty of pheasant and partridge feathers. You can choose to leave the feathers in their natural state of have them dusted with a colour of your choice so that it more perfectly matches your outfit.

We have loved designing this range and we hope you enjoy browsing the styles and colours. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via

Best Wishes

Lucinda x

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Get Race Ready for S/S 2019

The summer racing season is fast approaching and whether you are attending the Derby, the Gold Cup or Royal Ascot we have the perfect race day hat or fascinator for you.

We will make any of out hats and headpieces in any combination of colours so you can be sure that your hat will perfectly match your outfit for your big day out. We have many colours to choose from, and we understand that this can be quite overwhelming. If you can’t decide or would like Lucinda to cast her expert eye over your outfit and make suggestions for colours then that is available at no extra charge. We send colour swatches out free of charge so you can be confident in your colour choices prior to our crafting the perfect hat.

We have a huge range of styles in our S/S 2019 range. So no matter what you are wearing or the look you want to achieve we can help you to find the perfect hat or headpiece.

Dramatic Dishes

Our dish hats always prove to be a popular choice. The benefit of our dish hats are that they look like a ‘hat’ but actually are made on a hairband so they are easy to wear and ordering the correct size is no issue.. There are a number of styles and sizes available in our S/S 2019 range.

For a lady like, glamorous look choose the Warwick dish hat. This comprises a large sinamay base adorned with a large diamond patterned bow.

One of our favourites is the Bamburgh Dish hat for 2019. This hat is stunning and the feather detail to both the underside and top of the dish provides the right level of drama and detail.

For absolute impact and drama you can choose the Buckingham Dish Hat. This showstopper comprises a large double layered sinamay base adorned with a beautiful array of cut coque feathers between the two layers.

Warwick Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Buckingham Dish Hat by Hostie Hats
Bamburgh Dish Hat by Hostie Hats

Perfect Pillboxes

Our Spring Summer 2019 range includes some beautiful pillbox / cocktail style hats which will lend your outfit a really chic finishing touch. We absolutely love the acid brights used in many of the model images this season, however, remember you can have your hat in any colour combination you desire, at no extra charge.

Three of our favourite pillbox style hats are below. They are the Penrith, Devises and Stirling.

Penrith Pillbox hat by Hostie Hats
Devises Pillbox hat by hostie hats
Stirling pillbox hat by hostie hats


We adore a fabulous fascinator at Hostie Hats and our dramatic burnt ostrich feather designs are somewhat of a signature for us. This season we have added the beautiful Beeston and Chillingham to our collection of race day facinators. These are attention grabbing and will turn heads at any race meeting.

Beeston Fascinator by Hostie Hats
Chillingham Fascinator by hostie hats

If you are looking for a more understated race day look then we have some smaller, but no less beautiful fascinators available. We love the Hurst, the Odell and its spear shaped feathers and the gorgeous Wilton headband.

Hurst Fascinator by Hostie Hats
Odell Fascinator
Wilton Fascinator by Hostie Hats

If you have something specific in mind we also offer a completely bespoke service where Lucinda will work with you to create your own unique hat or fascinator style.

If you have any questions about any of our head pieces or service please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help.

Happy browsing!

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019

Pantone has just released their colour of the year and it is a vibrant shade called Living Coral. It is described as a happy shade and will not only be seen all over the catwalks but will also translate into interior design.  Tiffany Pratt says ‘It makes you think of vibrancy, of coming back to life. When you think of coral you think of it living under the water’.

Here at Hostie Hats the shade is called Bazooka Joe, it s a versatile shade that can work really well with other colours and lift a plain outfit. The shade goes particularly well with Navy, Black, Ivory and Nudes.

Pickering Hat by Hostie Hats
Bacardi Hat

Remember – you can have any of our hats in any colour, so simply choose your perfect hat style and add Bazooka Joe into the colour mix and you will be perfectly on trend for spring/summer 2109.

If you have any questions about any of our hats or service please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Browsing

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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Jewels and Feathers: Our A/W 2017 Range

We are delighted to introduce our Autumn / Winter hat, fascinator and headband range for 2017.

This collection has something for everyone, whether you are going to a winter wedding, attending race meeting, looking for a bridal headpiece or just want a stylish cover up on a cold winter’s day. In styling this range we have focused on selecting the perfect trim details to add a luxurious feel to each headpiece.

Gorgeous Jewel Detail

Many of our hats and headpieces feature delicately coloured crystals and jewels that we have used to add or accentuate key details of the hat. With their light reflecting qualities we think that they will look beautiful twinkling in candlelight at a winter wedding reception.

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Cardamon Pill Box: Black felt base with Black and Clear Cystals

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Rosemary Dish Hat: Grey Felt base with Silver dusted feathers

Feather Flourishes

We love feather details at Hostie Hats and love introducing the gorgeous, naturally autumnal colours of pheasant feathers into our work. We have added pheasant feathers to dish hats, pillboxes, fascinators, fedoras and headbands. As all of our hats are completely customisable to your colour requirements, on the majority of our feather trimmed hats you can choose to have the feathers dusted in the colour of your choice, so that your hat matches your outfit perfectly.

Fabulous Fedoras

We have introduced five new fedoras to our range for Autumn/Winter 2017. Each fedora is made individual by its hat band. We have introduced jewels, gems, metallics and leopard  print to help you to stay on trend even when it’s cold and wintry. We have also introduced a gorgeous full feather and leather banded fedora, perfectly for any country loving lady! With nine fedora base colours to choose from we can really help you to make your look your own.

Your hat in your choice of colours

We can make all of our hats in any colour way you desire. We have a huge range of colours for you to choose from.  Please browse our colour charts for the full range and for you to browse. You can request colour swatches by emailing us at

If you’d like some assistance in matching your hat to your outfit then we offer a styling service free of charge.  All you need to do is to tick ‘Request colour consultation’ as you check out and we will be in touch to offer our help and advice.  We are more than happy to send colour swatches out to you to ensure that you are 100% happy with the colour choices before we complete your hat.

Tarragon fedora hostie hats

Base: Navy fedora felt, Trim: Blush, citrine and brown crystals on gold

If you have any questions about any aspect of our hats or service then please contact us on