Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to June 17, 1976 and a smart red straw hat with chevron design woven into the straw, worn to Ascot. What do you think- could this forty year old hat be worn successfully (and stylishly) today?

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24 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. I’m astonished that this was from 1976! It is very much like something I wore in 1966 (the dress, I mean, not the hat). She does look marvelous in it.

  2. I absolutely love this! So chic for HM. The only thing I would really change is her shoes; I think red pumps would look better with this ensemble.

  3. I love the color and the chevron pattern, but I’d like to see the brim more flattened out – like a picture hat – to modernize it. That being said, this is a great outfit!

  4. Does this hat have to be worn perched so high on the forehead? Perhaps it’s angled so that one can see the chevron better. I like the chevron, but it actually might stand out better with a dress with fewer competing features (without the asymmetry, the double-breastedness,the single colored pocket, the contrasting collar and cuffs). The dress is dated and atypical for the Queen, looks rather like a coat.
    I certainly see no reason why the hat couldn’t be worn today, however.

  5. That’s so funny! I found this also on my search for HM’s chain hat, and bought I’d not seen this one before. This is auch a glamorous 60’s look – doesn’t she look amazing!!

  6. The hat was sort of a later 60s look when this was worn in the 70s as was the dress. This dress reminds me of the United Airline Stewardess uniforms in the later 60s that were wildly popular. The hat certainly could work again today – it’s a classic shape.

    • I wasn’t around in the late 60s but my sense is that this nautical/airline stewardess vibe was part of popular style at the time. Can anyone speak to this? While the dress does look dated to current eyes, it really works well with the hat, doesn’t it?!

      • I was in high school in the late sixties, a very popular look, it also reappeared in the early 90’s, called a coat dress at that time. I had several. Easy to wear, put it on and button it up, and you are good to go. Because it had a structural look, it was excellent for wearing to work but avoiding the jacket/skirt look.

    • Well, the bag & gloves would not be far away, but this was at the polo on Smiths Lawn after the day’s racing had finished at Royal Ascot, so H.M. was beginning to wind down after the public events of the day. No doubt she was looking forward to entertaining her house party to a delicious dinner back at the castle. Oh, and it’s a very chic outfit – beautifully designed and made, with a gorgeous hat to compliment it perfectly.

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