You’ve picked the perfect hat (narrow or wide brim, whole or half head), liaised with the bride to make sure your mother of the bride dress coordinates and now there’s just one thing left to think about – hairstyle.
The mother of the bride’s hairstyle remains just as important if it’s going to be under a hat or fascinator – both in terms of what goes with the chosen headwear and if you decide to remove the hat later on in the day.
In this article, I want to take a look at some hairstyles that perfectly complement a fabulous wedding hat and won’t be lost underneath it or draw attention away from it.
Whatever your personal style or that of the bride, pick a style from this to ideally complement the look.
The half-up, half-down
When you wear a hat, tied-up hair doesn’t suit the look. It pushes up the hat and makes it swamp the face. Go instead for this style – which neatly tucks away hair from the front and sides of your head, opening up the face, but leaves enough to look glamorous under the hat.
With a strong and voluminous bun sitting glamorously under a smaller hat, your style will be striking and sophisticated. This look brings understatement and class to any outfit, giving any half-head hat a foundation to build on. If your hat contrasts with your hair colour, this also effectively plays the two off against one another.
Without cutting your hair back into a pixie cut, choosing this length that stops just at the top of the neck perfectly suits pillbox hats and larger fascinators. It’s fairly easy to style and creates a simple but effective look, allowing you to settle on more eye-catching headwear without overwhelming your head.
A larger hat can be perfectly balanced with a neat, shoulder length haircut. It shows off the colour and style you’ve had created especially for the big day, it won’t get in your way, and guarantees you’ll look fabulous in those all-important wedding photos.
A natural, voluminous look suits many types of wedding hat. Get your stylist to put in lots of bounce and product before donning your headwear so your hair will retain volume and look healthy throughout the day. This look goes particularly well for those more low-key, relaxed types of wedding, which are becoming more common.
Wear your hair set and straightened, or very lightly waved to gain an elegant, glamorous look. If you’re wearing a stylish mother of the bride half-hat or larger fascinator, this simple but effective hairstyle will match it perfectly. Don’t underestimate the power of a subtle but well put-together hairstyle such as this, which looks in control and regal.
Like the low bun, the relaxed ponytail sits below the line of a floppy or wide-brimmed hat to finish your perfect mother of the bride look. Make sure the ends of your hair are well cared-for and healthy, and this hairstyle can look unique and classic at the same time. Pull it to one side so you can show off your glamorous style in all the photos taken throughout the day.
If you’re more of a short-hair fan, a well-sculpted pixie cut suits a delicate fascinator perfectly. It’s attention-grabbing and bold and will cut a sharp look against the rest of the wedding party. You’ll be able to show off a well-picked mother of the bride dress – especially if it rises high on the shoulders – without having to worry about managing your hair.
There’s no one ideal hairstyle for your hat or fascinator choice – but certain styles suit different types of headwear. Remember, you should match a great hat with an equally great hairstyle to fully finish the mother of the bride look you go for at your daughter’s wedding.