With all of the press surrounding the upcoming royal nuptials, my sister and I have developed a new obsession: what we have come to call “Kate Middleton hats.”


Commonly known as everything from fascinators to cocktail hats, the Kate Middleton hat has had my sister and me searching far and wide for this elusive headpiece. Unlike many of the hats I’ve worn over the years, Kate’s caps are all about accentuating a great hair day rather than covering up a bad one.

But where, one might ask, does a girl wear such an elaborate hair accessory if she hasn’t made the guest list for all of Britain’s swankiest royal engagements? My sister wears hers to church, but for those of us who aren’t married to the son of a minister, I recommend weddings, parties, dates, or even formal events like prom. But if you’re feeling bold, why not the mall??
My sister, Mollie, is ready for church, or her best friend’s wedding, or a romantic date…
This trend harkens back to the classic everyday looks for women of the 1930s, 1940s, and beyond.

How chic do Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck look?! And that’s just another day at the market in their time.

Katharine Hepburn just strolls through the park in this black number, while Audrey H. sasses it up in her feathery and flowery white headpiece.
Classic Hollywood starlets and future British royalty make these fancy hats look effortlessly elegant, but if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and risk looking like a crazy church lady, then ease into the trend with some subtler starter pieces. Barrettes, headbands, flowers, and bows can make a statement without overpowering your pretty little head. Try these adorable options:

What do you think? Can this classy craze make a comeback?