Looking Ahead for Spring Summer 2016 Events

The summer months at Beverley Edmondson Millinery are, without doubt, our busiest. With summer weddings, various racing events and Royal Garden parties, the run starts as early as January.

So with the New Year now here, I’m sure many of you have events to attend this summer and are starting to think about your outfit and where to start, so here are some hints from us:

pantone spring summer 2016 colours

Above are the official Pantone colour trends for Spring/ Summer 2016 to give you some inspiration.

            “Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.”

(Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute™)

 The Spring Summer 2016 collections will soon hit the high street (normally around March), with these colours included. Some of the key style trends coming up for this year include frills and ruffles for a soft feminine look, bold 70’s style patterns, mid length skirts and dresses and paper bag waists! For a more in depth look at this year’s spring summer looks, keep your eyes peeled for a trends post in the near future featuring some of our favourite high street pieces, mood boards and ideas on where on the high street you can find these looks!


The way you go about creating your final look is entirely up to you. Some people prefer to start with the dress and then accessories. Others like to find a hat first and tailor the rest of the outfit around that. After all, that’s going to be the most memorable part of your outfit, especially for Royal Ascot.

With regards to the hat and/ or fascinator, if it is a bespoke design you are looking for, the earlier you come and speak to us about it, the better!

Mid May to July are incredibly busy and exciting for us, with Beverley spending every moment she can in the studio, as well as being in the shop helping you design your perfect piece. We tend to ask for a 6 – 8 week lead time, leaning more towards 8, where possible, during that busy period. (Don’t forget about our 15% off bespoke orders offer during January and February! Read more here)

Obviously, you don’t have to have made to order, you can also buy off the shelf, with every surface possible absolutely brimming with bright and beautiful pieces. From the big statement pieces to the more delicate and subtle designs.


For those of you looking for a specially made piece, here is how the bespoke design process goes….

Step 1: Decide which way you would like to go about creating your outfit. If you want to find the dress first, or start from the top.

Step 2: Call us on 01252 715 039 and book in for a design appointment once you’re ready.

Step3: When your appointment comes round, make sure you bring as much information with as possible; such as colours, dress, and accessories that you would like to go with the hat or headpiece. This not only helps out with colour matching, it also gives a much better idea of the overall look so that you can be 100% happy that you are making the right choice.

Step 4: Your appointment! Beverley, or one of the other members of the team that you’re booked in with, will go through the different shapes and design possibilities with you. We will gradually go through, picking out your likes and dislikes, and design with you, your perfect hat or fascinator. Colour matched as appropriate. When the design is finalised with you we will then take a minimum 30% deposit (This is non- refundable).

Step 5: Once all the materials are together, Beverley will create your bespoke order! It is generally made to a finished point so that there is no doubt or confusion as to the finished look. Though there will still be room for alteration if you’re not entirely happy.

Step 6: You will be contacted once your hat is at this stage in order to come and try on, and if you’re happy, take away!


You do not have to have an appointment in order to go through this process, it will just guarantee you one to one time. You’re more than welcome to just pop in when you’re in town, we just can’t predict how busy it may be, especially as we start getting closer to Ascot time.


Charlotte x