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It's not often we have the occasion to wear one but the Dubai World Cup is the perfect excuse to don a hat As the Dubai World Cup fast approaches, the most important question on many racegoers' minds is what they'll be wearing to Saturday's big event. It's one of those occasions where people really go to town with suits for the boys and posh frocks for the gals. And then there's the hats.

A lot of women shy away from wearing one and worry that they won't suit them. But international hat designer Tatiana Brezgina says any girl can carry a hat off and she's given 7DAYS readers her expert advice for choosing the perfect headpiece for the races. "Hats have the ability to dramatically change your image, they can successfully enhance your dress, or they can have the opposite effect and completely spoil it," says Tatiana. "Make sure that the hat you choose helps to express your individuality and enhance your overall appearance. You want to stand out from the crowd. "Remember to use a full length mirror when trying a hat. This will help you to see your full image and decide whether the hat matches your style." Wherever you buy your hat, make sure to spend plenty of time trying different types and colours, advises Tatiana, who designs for Mx Sport, located on Al Wasl Road.

According to Tatiana, women with triangular face shapes should opt for hats with brims, but only small brims. This helps to make the face more round and take away the sharpness of the face. Those with round faces should choose larger hats with any size brim or wide berets to make their face appear smaller. Women with square faces should choose asymmetric hats or hats with a brim that dips to help soften the shape of the face and take away any squareness. The next most important thing when choosing a hat is your hair colour, as you don't want your dream hat to clash! Tatiana adds: "If you have blonde hair, hats of lighter shades with narrow brims would suit you the most and complement your hair colour. "If you are a brunette, you can choose any dark colour hat, including black. "A dark red hat with wide brim looks great on a brunette." Skin colour is also a very important factor, adds Tatiana. With Dubai's climate, making sure a hat protects us from the sun is something we should be thinking of everyday. "A broad-brimmed hat is an essential part of a complete sun protection regime."

Tatiana can be contacted at Mx Sport. Call 050 953 5190. Cheap and cheerful hats

Marks & Spencer is now selling a selection of elegant headgear including foldaway hats, corsage headbands and quaint hair clips in time for the Dubai World Cup. Key colours include intense turquoise, sparkling silver and fuchsia pinks. More subtle colours like brown and cream are also available, reflecting the recent trend for a more understated style in the fashion world. Prices for Marks & Spencer headpieces promise not to break the bank - hair accessories start at dhs35, while hats begin at only dhs100. Find Marks & Spencer stores at Dubai Festival City and Wafi mall. The real deal

If you fancy something a bit special for your head, pop by The Designer Club fashion outlet in Wafi and take a look at the display of hats currently on show from Milliner Shai Tabassi. Every day up until the races, Shai will be in The Designer Club displaying her latest collection of hats. Stop by, have a chat and try on some unique pieces.

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Date:Mar 23, 2009
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