Author: Ultimate Design Hats

Ultimate Design Hats is an award winning Millinery design studio that delivers bespoke headpieces to the Bride, Mother of the Bride or Groom, through a highly personalised service. We pride ourselves in delivering no less than the best product, with attention to quality and detail. We provide a one-to-one consultation session, where we study each customer’s face features, sense of style and personality. Afterwards, a piece is designed, constructed and sewn by hand in order to cater their needs. Ultimate Design Hats collaborates with selected Scottish boutiques and fashion houses throughout the UK.


What a fantastic time we had at the latest Scottish Wedding Show! The atmosphere was sensational, and we met lots of wonderful women there.

Let’s talk about the show and the Collection! The outfits were designed by our dear friend and partner in crime, Rinaldo Girasoli. The collection was inspired by the looks of the 1940’s and finished off with a dash of modern twist made in a turquoise , champagne gold and off-white palette. The skirts ending below the knee , the bodices of the outfits fitted to the figure enhancing the waist made the whole collection very feminine. The faux fur, as the focal fabric of the collection, embellishing the collars and the sleeves added a touch of glamour to the whole range. The finale outfit, which closed the show, both the dress and the coat, were composed of champagne gold tones on the dress and the full length coat in ivory fur, with a deeper contrast colour on the collar gave that final touch of class and opulence.


When it came to the hats, I had to make sure that the style of each piece will well complement each outfit, not just in colour but in style as well to finish off the look. Taken into account the style elements of the 1940’s and giving them a modern touch, they resulted in a very fresh and chic collection. I used very wide shallow brims as well as classic shapes such as beret, pillbox and the super chic cloche that was a very common style in that era. I also incorporated the fur altghouh sparingly as I didn’t want the hats to look too heavy.  The use of natural colour pheasant feathers tied in beautifully, quills and also added a little touch of glitz in the focal point to finish off with a large faceted cabochon and surrounded by beading all mounted on a fabric daisy. The use of the spotted veil gave them the delicate and glamourous look. Below some on the hats in progress..

It was a thrill and a privilege to work with Rinaldo again, and very proud of our collections we created.

More views of the Collection on the Catwalk taken by the talented Pamela Gibson.


View Ultimate Design Hats Catwalk Autumn Collection here.


Our lovely stand was also featured in the highlights of the wedding show as we brought new styles to the show apart from the new collection. See video Our stand on 0:30 here!





We simply cannot get ourselves over with the fabulous looks that were at Royal Ascot this year. First Ascot allowed the jumpsuit to the racecourse, which we applauded. We have also got to browse the fantastic outfits from traditional to reforming and super chic. We have mentioned in our previous blog entry that Ascot welcomed jumpsuits, thus it has become an official look of the dress code. But what is the dress code of Ascot really?

As for the Royal Enclosure, the dress code rules are the following:

Lady attendees are allowed to wear dresses and skirt, both of them should be of model length, falling just above the knee or longer. The straps of dresses and tops should be one inch or greater. Ladies are also allowed to wear jacket and pashminas, however the dresses and tops underneath should comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code. Trouser suits and jumpsuits are both welcome, and they both should be full length to the ankle and in synergy with the hat. And finally the hats: hats should be worn. As an alternative to a hat headpieces should have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter.

What is not permitted on the Royal Enclosure for ladies?

  • Wearing strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps.
  • Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a solid base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).
  • Midriffs must be covered.

Queen Anne Enclosure & Village Enclosure dress code for Ladies are the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless, sheer strap dresses and tops are not allowed.
  • Shorts are absolutely banned.
  • Trouser suits and jumpsuits are welcome here as well, they must be full length.
  • Midriffs must be covered.

In this case ladies are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

And how about the Windsor Enclosure? Attendees -ladies and gentlemen as well-are encouraged to wear smart clothes, however there are no dress code rules apply for this enclosure. These are the rules in a nutshell.


Laura Whitmore‘s outfit is purely divine and one of our favourite. This look is finely composed, the colours are subtle but enhancing the cut and the material of the dress. The flower ornaments on the hat nicely correlate with the motifs on the dress. The accessories are neutral yet perfect escorts of the outfit. A truly romantic look, we adore it! Laura is wearing a Percher style hat which is a perfect choice for those with oval face shapes. This style is very popular as it has the potential to be dressed and finished in romantic and / or quirky fashion as well as adding plenty of height to the wearer. Additionally it is super chic and gentle with the hairdo. As you can see it is tilted down towards the eyebrow (similarly like the Saucer style) and lies slightly on the forehead.





The Saucer hat is a beloved style by the Duchess of Cambridge, she wears it quite often. It is a very versatile style as it suits most face shapes. Always tilted to the right side and coming down close to the right eyebrow to give its wearer an elegant height. The high angle of the hat also visually elongates the neckline giving a jaunty and chic attitude to the lady.

This is an eternally elegant and feminine style, complements a simple cut outfit perfectly. Another fantastic benefit of this style is that it looks wonderful with most hairdos, let it be a bun, a half updo or completely down.


Complements summer outfits wonderfully, a must wear piece at garden parties, chic events and of course weddings. It is also a good alternative of the brimmed style hat, many of our Mother of the Bride and Groom customers chose a Saucer style for the big day.


As you can see the ornament of the hat sits on the opposite side of the angle of the brim to compensate the balance. It is often dressed up with silk flowers, feathers or bows.




Last week was Royal Ascot and all of us at Ultimate Design Hats followed the happenings and styles with excited attention. Well…mostly the outfits because this event is all about the hats. There were lots of amazing outfits ranging from traditional through modern chic to hippie chic.  This year’s event was also a special one in terms of style guidance as the dress code made it official for female attendees to wear jumpsuits for the event. In our opinion it was a wise and valid decision, as this could look absolutely elegant and feminine with the right cut from the right fabric. It was inevitable that one of the prominent guests will pull off this super fashionable garment. Our favourite pick was doubtlessly one of the presenters Charlotte Hawkins’s fabulous outfit.


God bless the internet we were able to hunt down the credits of her outfit she is wearing on this photographs. The jumpsuit is from WtR London and the heels are from L.K.Bennett London. We had the courage to put together a style composition  recommending one of our bespoke headpieces to match Ms Hawkins’s outfit.


1 dress, 3 hats, 3 different looks

Wardrobe full of clothes, nothing to wear. Is the feeling way too familiar? No need to worry, you are not the only one with the disease, so we put together a quick style lesson for everyone who would like to spice up their outfit for their upcoming occasion. We love the muse of this blog entry, Inès de La Fressange and her ultimately chic sense of style taught us about the effortless french elegance, chicness and the magic of mixing accessories with outfits. To further enhance this look, we picked 3 of our hats for this little black dress.


Style No.1

This Saucer style hat finished with silk flowers and ostrich feathers would look absolutely stunning on a Mother of the Bride or Groom. Elegant, classy with a little wow factor.


Style No.2

This Percher style hat finished with silk flowers and quill with he colours black and purple is a fantastic choice for the black dress. The black colour ties together the headpiece with the outfit yet the purple brings a dash of contrast and quirkiness to the outfit. We would recommend this for flower lovers and also suitable for the stylish Mother of the Groom.


Style No.3

A Percher style hat again, with fan of feathers in bluebell colour. The perfect contrast with the black dress, absolutely ideal for short, long bob or a lovely updo. We would recommend this for everyone attending a wedding as a guest.


We had our second collaborative event with L.K. Bennett London in Glasgow City. At this fantastic event we had the chance to meet many returning and new customers, who came to browse occasion wear, accessories and our hats of course. The atmosphere was absolutely joyful and vibrant. L.K.Bennett London presented their new additions to the Summer Collection whilst we were continuing showcasing our Wedding Collection. As we are in the middle of the wedding season it was a fine opportunity to find everything at one place.

Here are some of our new pieces complementing their outfits.






As we all know Pippa Middleton married her beloved today. She looked absolutely radiant and elegant, as well as the Mother of the Bride. But let’s take a look at the happy sister, the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit.

The dress for this occasion was a perfect choice, you can never make a mistake with a McQueen piece. The cut was absolutely chic and feminine: empire line with cuff sleeves, back box pleat and V-neck. The hat was a medium fascinator, perfectly matching with the oyster-pink colour of the dress.

You can easily get the look with pulling off our saucer style cocktail hat with feathers finished with crinoline and flower. Just to add a dash of class to the attire.



The story of this hat goes back to the Mother of the Bride & Groom Event we had together with L.K. Bennett London recently. One of our lovely customers, Christina was looking for a hat that would complement her outfit which was chosen at this event. We were delighted to help her to find the perfect match.


The dress she chose was a two-toned piece (navy & mustard) with white spots, and an absolutely feminine cut, sleeves were off-the-shoulder. The hat she picked was Hester of the New RTW Collection in navy, which was then customised for her to match with the overall look. It was decorated with mustard and white feathers and navy sinamay bow.



Ultimate Design Hats meets L.K. Bennett London// Mother of the Bride & Groom Event

As you may all have heard we had our collaborative Mother of the Bride & Groom Event with L.K. Bennett London last week in their Merchant Square store in Glasgow. The outcome of the event went beyond our imagination, it was absolutely fantastic!


We had the chance to speak to our guests about their needs when shopping for a special occasion. As many of them told us there is a reoccurring issue with finding the perfect outfit with a matching headpiece at the same time let alone in the same place. This event was a pleasant surprise for the customers. They finally had an opportunity to actually try on the dresses, shoes and hats together and compose their final look.



The attending customers were looking for outfits for weddings, garden parties, Royal Ascot and so on, that is where Ana Maria’s professional eye for an aesthetic appearance also proved to be a helpful guide. She was happy to give styling advices on colour choices, balancing the look with accessories and ultimately which hat would complement the chosen outfit perfectly.



Introducing the New Spring/ Summer Collection at the Scottish Wedding Show 2017

We had the fantastic opportunity to present our New Spring/Summer Collection at the Scottish Wedding Show in February. It was an exhilarating weekend for us at Ultimate Design Hats.


The first half of the day we were chatting with curious customers and helping them with the hat fitting, encouraging them to try on different styles, shapes and colours. We had the chance to meet lots of lovely people looking for something special for the upcoming ceremony. Blushing brides to be, proud Mothers of the Bride and Groom as well as prominent friends of the couples.



It was an uplifting moment for us to see the new pieces on customers, having their opinions and feedback and their story.

Our main inspiration when designing the pieces for this season was based on the softness of the materials. We were looking for something that represents this idea accurately. Light, etherial, soft, floaty and ultimately elegant. And then we had an idea: using ostrich feathers. The first hat started in silver with charcoal feathers, which evolved to dove, then soft, muted pink. The final outcome was very glamorous and feminine without being overwhelming.

The feather details are also returning on the satin gloves. They are all hand-dyed which produced very exciting colour strips. An elegant touch to the outfit.


The catwalk show was the highpoint of our excitement. Our models did an amazing job, they wore the headpieces with absolute confidence as perfect ambassadors of our collection.

Take a look at the show and experience the glam!