Northumberland hat outfitter supplies Royal Wedding guests

PUBLISHED: 10:20 27 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:16 20 February 2013

Carol Forster in the Blanchland showroom

Carol Forster in the Blanchland showroom

North East hat specialist Carol Forster has the inside track on how big a role hats will play in the Royal Wedding Words by Jenni Moulson

Weddings and race days have always provided the perfect excuse for hat lovers to indulge their passion for head fashion.

But the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton is inspiring women of all ages to add a bold touch to their outfits as they prepare for their own celebrations this year.

Local hat specialist Carol Forster knows better than most how big a role hats will play in the Royal Wedding.

Her company Get Ahead Hats, based in Blanchland in Northumberland, has been supplying Kate Middleton and her family for some time and is helping many of the guests choose their hats for the big day.

Kate is a big fan of hats and she has been coming to us for a number of years as have her mum and sister, said Carol.

Kates love of hats has definitely spurred a trend amongst younger women and theyre not afraid to experiment with flamboyant
show-stopping styles.

She predicted that many of the younger guests would opt for some of the most modern, eye-catching head wear.

Percher hats and half hats that have a very tiny brim and are worn at a dramatic angle above the right eyebrow are particularly popular with this age group and would be the perfect choice for the bolder young Royals and their friends, said Carol.

Carol revealed that Get Ahead Hats had already supplied a number of Royal Wedding guests with their hats for the big day and although she refused to be drawn on the details, she said they were going for very elaborate designs.

I cant say whos wearing what but the guests we have been helping have all gone for flamboyant and dramatic styles with large brims.

In fact one of the guests has bought her hat from us before choosing her outfit and is now having something made to fit in perfectly with her hat.

Kate Middleton wore a black felt pillbox hat from Get Ahead Hats to a recent wedding in North Yorkshire and has been pictured at many public events in hats made exclusively for her by Get Ahead Hats own in house milliners.

Get Ahead Hats is the largest co-operative style business of farming ladies in the UK, providing diversification opportunities for working farms.

Carols farm is home to an extensive showroom with changing rooms that allow ladies to try on their outfits when choosing their hats. She has hats by some of the countrys top designers and also stocks exclusive styles made by Get Ahead Hats own in house milliners, which can be bought or hired.

Hiring is an affordable option for those looking for a distinctive hat for one specific occasion and brings royal designer style within everyones reach, said Carol.

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