Philip Treacy believes hats do not have to be "eccentric".

The renowned milliner - who has designed headwear for Victoria Beckham and Duchess Catherine - insists people do not necessarily have to choose a hat that matches their clothing, just something they feel good in.

He told the Wall Street Journal: "The hat is a symbol of Englishness.

"It's an expression of individuality and, as such, one should choose a hat that one feels good about. It need not be eccentric; the look could be subtle . Not matching is the new matching."

Fellow milliner Stephen Jones - who has created headgear for Dior and Vivienne Westwood - has also issued a number of headwear tips, urging visitors to horse race meeting Royal Ascot, which requires attendees to wear a hat, to bear all sides of the headwear in mind when deciding which item to wear.

He advised: "Take a hand mirror when you choose a hat, remember there are two sides and a back too!

"Wear the hat at home first, so you get used to the balance.

"Hairgrips are a hat's best friend, but it's even better to have your hat put on by your hairdresser if you can.

"Hats can be so many things: tricornes, boaters, bonnets, caps, berets, cloches, headdresses, fascinators, Veils, turbans - so don't be afraid to try new styles and have fun!"