One Hat, Three Dresses and Trousers

Royal Hats One of my favourite summer hats in natural straw is the large picture hat worn by Queen Máxima. This classic piece, with wide stripes of texture woven into the straw and a gently curved brim (worn once, folded all the way down), carries a relaxed and beachy vibe we don’t often see in royal hats worn for formal engagements. Máxima has paired this Fabienne Delvigne design with four very different outfits on four different foreign tours and I am curious, dear readers, about which pairing you think works best.

Look 1: With a vibrant striped dress on November 4, 2011 in the Dutch Antilles

Princess Máxima, November 4, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, November 4, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Look 2: With a white cowl necked dress on January 22, 2013 in Brunei

Princess Máxima, January 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, January 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Look 3: With a green lace tunic and skirt, May 28, 2015 in Canada

Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Look 4: With a rust  jacket and cream linen trousers on March 31, 2006 in Argentina

Princess Máxima, March 31, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, March 31, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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18 thoughts on “One Hat, Three Dresses and Trousers

  1. This is my favorite style of hat for the gorgeous lively Queen Max, and she can carry this style with anything. The picture No, 1 is the best, what fun she is having, her eyes sparkle and that smile says it all. The picture with the brim turned down is the least, it just seems to over shadow her face. In all this is one vivacious woman who has won the hearts of the Netherlands and King William has found his soul mate. Just adore Queen Max.

  2. Lovely! Fun and hot weather /sandals appropriate in stripe dress, gloumorous ( so 1930 style) in cream ansamble, elegant in olive outfit, very modern in jacket&linen trousers! That’ s how re-use a good hat!

  3. Love the cream dress with this hat, so elegant, but let’s face it, our Max can pull off just about anything because of her sense of fun which she has on full display, whether it’s a factory opening or a state occasion. whenever it’s appropriate.

  4. This is my second time running through the four pairings with that great hat. I’m of the same opinion as I was at first glance; my favourite pairing is with #1. But, they are all delightful.

  5. Firstly, the brim must stay up!! I don’t like it down at all sorry. The sweeping upturned brim is so so Máxima and brings such lightness to that beautiful, expressive face of hers.
    I think this hat is quite versatile. It obviously easily lends itself to being paired with a more dressy style of outfit (in pictures 2 and 3) but I really think that outfit 1 is it’s most successful outing. Just such a relaxed but classy vibe- bright island colours, low sandals, big jewellery, bare arms and a casual sweeping straw sun hat. Fab.

  6. I wouldn’t have recognized this hat from its 2006 outing with the brim turned down and fabric on the crown. Such versatility.
    I’m least impressed with this hat’s pairing with the white dress (the hat is much less formal and much darker than the outfit — either of which would be fine on its own, but the two differences together bother me a little). But this is such a spectacular hat that I have to admire it in all four wearings.

  7. She looks great in all of them, but I think she really shows the versatility of this hat in her much more formal white dress. These hats are so versatile that I think that is why Max and Camilla so often wear them.

  8. Always like her in these giant hats – don’t know how she manages them – if I wore one, I would feel like I am ready to take to the air soon as that huge brim caught a little puff of air!

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