Hats for Ascot: 20 styles to suit any budget

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Hats for Ascot races that won't blow the budget...

Hats for Ascot are notoriously hard to shop for. From choosing your shape – big and statement or classic and subtle – to which colour works best with your race-day-appropriate outfit, how much to spend – blow the budget on the hat, or go all out on the frock – to finding the perfect style, that won’t break the many rules in place,  are but a few of the problems we face when hunting for the perfect piece of headwear.

Hats come in all shapes and sizes, which can be a good thing, but as most styles really are quite showstopping, most come with a hefty price tag that can be a little off-putting, which naturally limits choice and often rules out the cooler, designer-led styles.

But fear not, for we have trawled the high street for stylish yet affordable hats for Ascot, along with some not to affordable versions for those looking to splash out, and a few alternative fascinator creations for those not heading to the Royal Enclosure (where anything but a hat is a strict no no).

For SS16, statement shapes lead the way. We’re leaning towards Pillarbox styles with some sort of bow or exaggerated shape. Hats should be wide brim, chic and in a muted colour. Netting is ever present, as are polka dot patterns, monochrome colourways, and for those feeling extra brave and looking to make a style statement, yellow is the way to go.

Should you be looking to avoid the classic hat look, bow headbands command equal attention, and can be a little more purse-friendly.

Eugenia Kim has broken all the hat rules, offering up a fun black beret-style hat, complete with bunny ears.

Head to ASOS for cool designs that won’t blow the budget, FINDS at Net-a-porter.com for alternative, trend-led creations, or why not try Piers Atkinson for some classic race day headwear.

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