Princess Beatrice attended the fourth day of Royal Ascot with her parents. She repeated her sea green sedge hat with navy stitching detail and bow around the crown while her mother, Sarah, the Duchess of York, wore an oversize navy straw fedora with upturned brim, trimmed with white silk roses and feathers.
Princess Beatrice’s Hat
Royal Hats: I have always adored this hat on Beatrice who always looks stunning in green. The movement and scale of this piece is so pretty and shows how a grand hat doesn’t always need a drawer full of trim! I’m just nostalgic for the beautiful teal lace dress Beatrice wore with it last time– it is one of my favourite ever looks for her. When it comes to this hat, I’m afraid any other dress pales in comparison.
Fiona: I do like this hat, its a shape not many could pull off but Beatrice is one person who can. Delighted to see it out again with a different outfit, its a versatile little number with minimum trimming that works so well. I am however not too enamoured to see the millinery style cropped jacket out again today, it was definitely an afterthought – the dress collar and the jacket collar clash in my opinion. The dress on the other hand is youthful and girlish with the cutest waistband/belt detail. Ditch the jacket Beatrice and you are on to a winner!
Christie: I understand the look that the Princess is going for with this outfit. I just love her dress / shoe and jacket combination – so much fun and age appropriate! There are many elements of this hat that I like, but I think that the shape falls short. I would love to see this hat interpreted perhaps as a madeline hat or boater? However, the detailing is really different and gorgeous in it’s minimalism. I love the thread spraying out from the lovely sinamay bow and the way the 2 toned sinamay lights up the colours depending on the angles. It looks as if the top layer may be shot with pewter or something?
Jill: Very nice! The hat is great with her outfit and I like the softness that the tulle layer ads to the platter. Princess Beatrice is very good at choosing hats that are youthful and feminine and this hat is another fine example of that. The whole outfit is much nicer without the jacket and I can’t help but give a shout out to those shoes, yum!
Designer: Sarah Cant
Previously Worn: June 18, 2014
The Duchess of York’s Hat
Jill: How lovely to see the Duchess of York back again this year! I love the fresh, graphic combination of the colors and the fedora is a nice shape on her. It does seem a bit casual, I think more trim could have prevented that. Overall though it’s a lovely look and her jacket with the large grommets and satin bows it fantastic.
Christie: I like this hat, I’m just not sure whether it’s Ascot appropriate? I’d just like a bit more wow factor in the trim, or a different shape, a bind.. or if it was paired with a more flamboyant outfit perhaps? Hmm..
Fiona: Monochrome never dates, this is a nice smart look from Sarah. I like the fedora style on her but would have liked to see it tilted a little more. Her coat is very elegant and I am loving the eyelet detail on the collar and again on the cuffs with the satin ribbon. I do feel this look is more of an autumn look and not as well suited to Royal Ascot, I think its the dark coloured fedora which makes it appear so.
Royal Hats: Navy and white always feels so summery to me so I don’t have the same reservations about this hat as the rest of you. That coat is to die for and I love it paired with the stylised fedora. This ensemble feels effortlessly chic and I think it is one of Sarah’s bests, ever.
Designer: Jess Collett
Previously Worn: I suspect it’s new
Last year, the Duchess of York joined her family for the fourth day of Ascot and it’s nice to see her again this year. What do you think of her and her daughter’s hats today?