Formal hats and hair accessories should enhance your outfit… not overwhelm it.

Perhaps Bobby Trendy missed the memo for red carpet head wear guidelines?

Or was he trying to out-gaga Lady Gaga?

In any case, his… hat?  Hair accessory?  Head wear?  Is a lesson in how not to do red carpet hats…

image: Zuma Press

image: Zuma Press

There are so many lovely choices out there for formal hats, headbands and fascinators.  Just because one celebrity has gone to the extreme, doesn’t mean you need to be intimidated by the thought of trying out something new for a holiday party.

Let’s just avoid that particular hat though…

image: Feather Brain

image: Feather Brain

This lined peacock feather headband pairs the ease of a headband with the charming 20s feel of a fascinator.

image: Forever 21

image: Forever 21

Forever 21’s demure veil headband is made with a lady-like dotted mesh cap and accented with sheer ribbon and irridescent feathers.

image: Shop Bop

image: Shop Bop

This sequin and lace accented fedora by Eugenia Kim would make a great accent for a less-formal and more party! kind of evening.