King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid a regional visit to Almelo and Northeast Twente yesterday during which the queen wore a familiar ruched turban in textured harvest gold velvet. The last time we saw this hat, I was less than complimentary… a stance I’m going to sheepishly contract now, based on this outing. Granted, the hat is still not among my favourites (and is still too reminiscent of a pincushion or brain to be considered truly attractive) but its styling yesterday with Máxima’s teal dress, coat and statement earrings was simply brilliant. The bold ensemble makes the hat a complimentary touch (instead of a ‘sticks out like a sore thumb’ one) and the use of other caramel-gold accessories magically ties the outfit all together. If Queen Máxima is going to wear this hat, this is exactly how to wear it.