Sunday, 19 January 2020

Hats make wedding belles

WE all love a wedding — the romance, the beautiful venue, the guests looking marvellous from top to toe….

WE all love a wedding — the romance, the beautiful venue, the guests looking marvellous from top to toe….

In this country, millinery really comes into its own at weddings and celebratory events. Elegant headwear has been de rigueur for discerning wedding guests for centuries and it is still a way of showing one’s respect for the importance of the happy occasion.

Louise Claire Millinery in Wallingford, the leading independent milliner, offers some of the most appealing headwear in the country. This exceptional boutique stocks both its own designs, ranging from timeless hats to innovative headpieces, and hats by famous designers.

There are more than 1,000 available to choose from, in a selection which boasts hats and fascinators in myriad styles and a kaleidoscope of colours. There are enough stunning items of headwear to ensure that you will find one to enhance any outfit, putting the seal on any special event.

Some of the many advantages of buying or hiring a hat from Louise Claire Millinery include not only the outstanding quality and originality of the headwear, but also the personalised service and expertise. The staff pride themselves on providing a service that is both friendly and knowledgeable. For them, no one need ever worry that they are not a “hat person” — there are styles to suit everyone and every outfit.

Moreover, at Louise Claire Millinery they firmly believe that the enjoyment of an event should begin when you visit them to select a hat. If you are planning an event, such as a wedding, for which a number of your guests may wish to hire or purchase hats, please contact the boutique. They may offer you the chance to browse their hats as a group, by private appointment, with a glass of bubbly in hand — a special occasion in itself.

So, what kind of hats can you expect to find? In addition to the plethora of wide-brimmed beauties, there are chic pill-boxes, flirty fascinators and superb disc styles — ever so fashionable since becoming a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.

There are also many hats suitable for less formal occasions — genuine Panama hats and smart winter casuals for men, plus lovely children’s hats. Ladies remain well catered for with pretty cloche hats, fake furs, waterproofs and much more.

Visit www.louiseclaire, call (01491) 826244, or pop into the shop in St Mary’s Street, Wallingford where Louise and her team will welcome you.

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