One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to winter hats is the black felt “Fairy Tale” embellished beret designed by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co. We have seen Kate step in this hat paired with four outfits: a teal LK Bennet dress and jacket; a dark green Emilia Wickstead coat; a black Temperly coat; and a blue Missoni coat (over a patterned blue Whistles dress). Which outfit do you think has worked best with this hat?
On a March 8, 2012 Jubilee visit with the Queen; Visiting the Irish Guards at Aldershot, March 17, 2013
Remembrance Day Service, November 10, 2013; at a country wedding, March 29, 2014
Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo, Samir Hussein and Mark Cuthbert via Getty and Splash News via Rumourfix
Princess Michael of Kent has many of her hats made by legendary milliner John Boyd. Mr. Boyd has made a two domed pillbox hats for Marie-Christine- one in black felt and one white silk- each trimmed with a pair of sweeping Lady Amherst feathers. I find this pair of millinery twins particularly interesting because of the near identical use of feather trim and because of the yin-yang relationship between the two hats. Not only opposite in colour, they are opposite in material (felt for winter, silk for summer). These subtle differences between the two hats give them each a distinct look- I didn’t initially notice they were twins. Perhaps the Princess liked one so much, she ordered a twin to wear in the off season? I think most of us have done that in our own wardrobes from time to time!
Princess Michael of Kent on October 3, 2012 and May 17, 2012
Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty and Press Association via The Telegraph
The Countess of Wessex traveled to Alanbrooke Barracks in Paderborn, Germany, back on December 5, 2014 to meet the 5th Battalion, The Rifles, one of the last groups of British troops to return from Afghanistan. For this event, Sophie repeated a hat she has not worn in a long while- a burgundy felt stovepipe hat with sharply indented crown. This hat, which is trimmed with a knotted sash on the side, is distinctive for its colour and its shape. The color is beautiful, especially with coordinating gloves and Sophie’s wonderful navy military coat. The shape? I’m not a fan. Sophie wore a number of similarly shaped hats a decade ago and while they seemed marvelously bold and dramatic at the time, I think their time has passed. What do you think of this burgundy hat?
Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: December 25, 2006; March 15, 2006; December 2009; January 2012
*Special thanks to Alyssa and Bristol for bringing this hat to my attention. It missed my royal hat radar!
Photos from Press Association via The Daily Mail