Special occasion hats

While most of us wear hats only for special occasions, we usually look to the gorgeous women in the royal family for hat inspiration.

Spending time perusing royal hats on Google has given a fascinating insight into how our first family has styled their headwear and how they have grown into their style over the years. And I don’t think they have always got it absolutely right.

The Duchess of Sussex but rather too severe for such a young woman

We have always said that one size does not fit all when it comes to headwear.  The hat has to fit with the occasion, and we always take into account hair colour and style, skin tone, outfit and even age.  Pillbox styles look fabulous on tight young skin – less so if you’re a little more mature.

Too many frills and too much detail on both the outfit and the hat can make the wearer look like a Christmas tree, while a severe hat and hair style can make the woman look like a headmistress (though I doubt the head would wear a hat to school).

Oh that hat! Don’t we all remember this one?

They key to getting the right match is simplicity! Less is more.  Remember you can dress up a simple shift dress – even one from the back of the wardrobe – and with the right accessories, you can look a million dollars! HRH Queen Elizabeth,  The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall rarely put a foot wrong in the style stakes… some of the other royals, less so!

Just for a bit of fun -here’s our take on what they wore well, and some that did not look so good.

The Duchess of Cambridge always gets it spot on!
Pretty in Pink, and always getting it right
Ladies Hats and Fascinators
The Duchess of Wessex rarely gets it wrong – and doesn’t she look fabulous?
Ladies hats and fascinators
How styles change – from when Princess Margaret was a style icon
Ladies Hats and Fascinators
Princess Diana – A true style icon