Who Wore it Best: September 2013 Poll

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The Royal Hats Bog We’ve seen a lot of rather tame royal hats recently. To jazz things up, I thought I would choose a pair of crazy hats for the second poll this month. Back in 2004, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and the Countess of Wessex both sported head-sized burgundy statement hats made of folded straw and trimmed with organza ruffles and feathers. They are not the exact same hat but the statement is similar enough for me to ask, dear readers, Who Wore It Best?

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Princess Laurentien at Princess Amalia’s christening, June 12, 2004

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The Countess of Wessex on Easter Sunday April 11, 2004 

As usual, the poll will stay open until September 30th at midnight GMT and the results will be released first thing the next morning. You are welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

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4 thoughts on “Who Wore it Best: September 2013 Poll

  1. Laurentien wins but it would have been a better overall look without the choker. Sophie would have a better chance if her jacket hadn’t been so orange.

  2. I love Princess Laurentien’s hat! I actually love her entire look (I do think she should have left the necklace off though). The necklace would have been fine if she had been wearing a simple hat, but with such a grand hat, the accessories need to be simple. I always say “less is more.” I agree with Bristol about the Countess of Wessex’s hair. Her hair, while lovely, is just too casual for this beautiful hat. My vote goes to Laurentien.

  3. I went for Laurentien also – it frames her face better than the hat on Sophie, the colour tones with her jacket, and the jacket sleeves balance out the width of the hat.

  4. I’d give it to Laurentien, although I like both. I’d have had more difficulty deciding if Sophie’s hair had been up in some way, as I think it would have suited the style better.

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