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A shady place for sunny people. By Mary Killen

Regulars | By Mary Killen

A head for hats: glam Anya Taylor-Joy in Cannes

As summer approaches, take shelter under a wide-brimmed hat

There are basic rules about formal hat etiquette. Men always take them off indoors. Women allegedly keep them on. Still, you would have to be an Anglophile American woman to be worried about the niceties – such as not taking your hat off inside a wedding marquee until the mother of the bride has first taken hers off. In this country, unless we are being advised by courtiers prior to a Royal audience, only about five per cent of guests at any gathering know what the rules on hats are. The etiquette giants are dead – Betty Kenward and Peter Townend. And Charles Kidd has retired. You can only go by the Mitford dictum ‘If it’s me, it’s U.’ I always laugh at a diary piece by Auberon Waugh 30 years ago. His eldest daughter was getting married the following weekend: ‘And there is not a man alive who can...


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