This year, we’re going to take a different approach to choosing our favourite hats of the year. Instead of cramming December with multiple retrospectives and polls, we’re going to choose our favourite new and repeated hats at the end of each month. Next January, we’ll face off the favourites from each month to name top hats of 2016 (and add a third category for royal men’s hats). As there are usually too many hats every month to feature in a single poll, I will draw finalists from the hats that receive a particularly warm response in your comments.
Looking back over the new hats worn over the past month, eight stand out from your comments as the most memorable and successful new pieces. Click on any of the photos below to jump back to original posts with additional photos and information:
Zara Philips in a blue feathered cocktail hat by Suzy O’Rourke Millinery on January 8
Zara Philips a woven headpiece in navy straw by Danica Erard on January 9
Queen Elizabeth in a split crown winter white felt hat by Angela Kelly on January 10
Queen Sonja in a hat with wide fur collar brim for the Norwegian Silver Jubilee celebrations on January 17
Princess Beatrix in a mushroom grey felt brimmed hat with metallic straw sash trim on January 23
Princess Tsuguko in a winter white felt fedora with flower embellishment at the back on January 26
Crown Princess Masako in a blue velvet Bretton hat with black ribbon trim on January 26
Empress Michiko in a white saucer hat trimmed in pale teal silk roses and leaves while in the Philippines on January 27
Voting will remain open until February 14 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote once per day for multiple hats (this is to accommodate those readers who have multiple household members who wish to take part). To keep things mysterious, results will not be visible until the poll closes.
This is an experiment so please, let me know what you think. Stay tuned tomorrow for a similar poll relating to repeated hats we saw worn in January.
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