July is here, flowers are in full bloom, holidays are being enjoyed and the sun is shining. Well, maybe not if you’re in the UK! But hey, we of the British Isles like to make the best of the weather, come rain or shine, whatever the occasion. With the summer festival and vintage weekend season in full swing, our minds turn to outfit planning, which of course includes accessories. I’ve been lucky enough to style at such fantastic events as The Goodwood Revival and Retro Festival, and some of the most asked for styles have been those for hats and headwear.

So with that in mind, I wanted to show you a few style suggestions for your fabulous hats and pretty hair flowers.


The poodle is a bit of a go-to style for myself and my clients. It can be worn in several different ways, and depending on the way you style it, it can look 40s or 50s – a typical 40s poodle tends to sit towards the front of the head, and a 50s one tends to sit across the top of the whole head. It can work for shorter hair lengths as well as longer hair lengths, and for finer as well as thicker hair. I have a lot of hair so mine tend to be on the pouffier side! A poodle is a great look for formal occasions or casual events. Make the curls more defined and you’ve got a formal look, less defined and fluffier curls (like mine) and you have a more casual look. They also keep the hair off your neck, which for us longer haired gals is a blessing in hot weather! My favourite way to dress up a poodle is a statement hair flower. I’ll usually wear them towards the front along the side of the curls or at the back, sometimes all the way around. Orchids just scream summer and for this year, a big trend in flower clips has been cascading blossoms. So pretty and delicate.

Palm leaf jumpsuit – www.audreystarsboutique.com
Bangles and earrings – www.splendette.com
Necklace – vintage
Hair flowers and corsage – Hair Wear by Pin Up Curl


I love a poodle so much I’ll often wear a half poodle if I’m planning to wear a hat. The back will be loose and curled, or even in a hairnet. For this look you can see that the curls are more defined than in the fluffier curls of the first look. The front of the hair is curled and pinned first. The sides are then pulled up and pinned in place, the curls arranged to your liking and secured with bobby pins. I like to wear a summer straw hat or ‘coolie’ hat on the back of my head, protecting it from the sun while showing off the detail at the front. You can also add a flower for extra ooh la la!

Hats – vintage
Earrings – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RosieMays
Dress – Primark
Hair Flower – Hair Wear by Pin Up Curl


While several hats sit at the back of the head, many sit at the front and on the side at the front. This calls for detail to be showcased at the back of the head. A swirled low updo is perfect for this as again, they can be adapted to several eras and can be perfect for daytime and evening. They’re just the ticket for a festival if you don’t want to change your hair for the evening. Take off your day hat, pop on a cocktail hat and evening dress, and off you go!

All hats – vintage
Hair – Pin Up Curl

Till next time, happy hat shopping! Sarah x

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!