At Mill House Millinery I make hats to reflect your personality

People will stare,
make it worth their while

Elegance is not standing out,
but being remembered

“Help! I need at hat, but I just don’t suit them” is a phrase I often hear.

I truly think that anyone can wear a hat, and if you think you can’t, it might be you just haven’t right one for you yet.

I love working with people to find the right shapes and materials for them.  I know I’ve succeeded when you forget you are wearing the hat!

When I’m helping you find the perfect hat, I like to start with what you are going to wear with it. If you are happy and comfortable with that, it’s going to be so much easier to pair something with it.   

If it is patterned, consider picking out one or two colours, if plain, consider a contrast.  Having everything the same colour really isn’t necessary, and sometimes it is great to bring a splash of brightness to a very muted palette.

Be guided by size, and occasion too – a huge brim can swamp you if you are petite,  and could also make greeting wedding guests difficult. But a large statement hat might look stunning for the races.  If you are thinking of veiling, just think how much eating or drinking you might be doing, and make sure it ends above mouth level!

Take a look at some of the examples in my portfolio here

I’m often asked what to wear with glasses, and speaking from my own personal experience, I would avoid anything with a straight horizontal brim, as otherwise there are just too many ‘parallel’ lines.  If you want a brim, go for something asymmetric. Asymmetric styles suit most people, and can be used to add height and interest to an outfit.

So if you feel that you’d like to put me to the test and see if I can find a hat style to suit you, please do get in touch. See my contact details here.  My studio is based just outside Saffron Walden in Essex, and I’m very happy to have initial conversations over the internet!

In the meantime, please do take a look at my social media accounts.


“… Susan made me a beautiful bespoke headband which I absolutely adore! Great service, giving me updates throughout the process and shipping took less than 24hrs when it was dispatched! I highly recommend….”


“… What is not love about the wonderful Susan and Mill House Millinery. I have only previously purchased a beautiful headband and when occasion arises I will be seeking further headwear. I have recently purchased a number of stunning masks for myself, friends and my military serving husband who needed a larger mask. If you have to wear a mask wear one with true style. This is what these masks are for us. Beautifully made, quality material, excellent price and brilliant service. I cannot recommend Susan & Mill House products enough. Thank you xxx…”


“… Thank you so much for my beautiful hat. I felt like I was wearing a piece of sculpture rather than a hat, and absolutely loved it. ”