Yesterday we toured through the first five years of Princess Máxima’s royal hat style. Today we’ll pick up where we left off and make some predictions about the kind of hat style we’ll see on her as queen.
While there seemed to be clear chronological trends in Máxima’s early years of royal hattery, this has not been the case over the past six years. Máxima’s hat style has not changed dramatically from year to year but rather, has settled into a few styles of hats that she repeats (with varying amounts of success). My favourite of these hat genres are the large brimmed picture hats. Máxima’s facial structure, height and engaging personality enable her to carry off these large hats magnificently.
Building on the success of the picture hats are what I call the “Diagonal Brims”. These large hats all feature a sweeping brim lifting off the left side of Máxima’s face. They are visually interesting and she wears them in a rainbow of colours. I’m a fan of these hats, most of the time.
Máxima has also experimented with some stylized pillboxes in interesting textures. I’m not usually a fan of metallic hats but suppose if a princess is going to try out some crazy hat texture, a sassy pillbox is a good place to do it. These hats have grown on me the more Máxima wears them.
My least favourite of Máxima’s main hat style are the turbans and toque hat. I understand these hats are a great way to wear a hat that doesn’t obstruct the public’s view of a royal smile but they seem really aging (especially when worn in retro velvet sofa fabrics).
There is one more genre of hat that I know you’re all waiting for… and here it comes. Most of the time, Maxima’s hats look wonderful. But just when you start using the words “elegant” or “lovely” to describe Máxima’s millinery style, she pulls out one of these whizpoppers to remind you she’s still the princess with the gutsiest hat fashion.
That leaves us with the million dollar question- what kind of hats will Maxima in her new role as queen? I think the formula Máxima has set here will continue. I really think we’re going to see her in a mix of picture hats, dramatic brims, sassy pillboxes, turbans/toques and a few showstoppers thrown in for good measure. Most of Máxima’s hats are made by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne and I don’t see that changing with her new role. I think the colours will stay bold and the embellishments will be added with more abandon because there’s won’t be any protocol worries about upstaging more senior royals. In that sense, I think there will be some fantastic hat fashion in store for us hat fans. I also predict, sadly, that we won’t see Máxima in as many hats as we have seen on Queen Beatrix. Prince Willem-Alexander has already stated that he envisions a less formal monarchy and when then formality goes, so do the hats.
What are your predictions for Máxima’s hat fashion in her new role as queen? What are you hoping to see?