Swedish Royals Celebrate 1000 years of Skara Diocese

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden took part in festitivites marking the 1,000th Anniversary of Skara Diocese today. For this celebration, Victoria wore a navy straw fascinator headband of abstract leaves and ruffled flowers, trimmed with a few navy feathers.

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There are a few things that don’t feel right to me about this ensemble. The coat is adorable but the royal blue printed gingham dress just isn’t the right match for it. While the navy fascinator matches the coat very well, I think it would have been shown to greater effect with a more free and flowing hairstyle (something like this).  Victoria’s sleek hairstyle is great but I think it would have worked much better with a simple cream straw picture hat.

I am finding it more and more difficult to love royal fascinators. Does this one deserve my dislike or am I being too fickle about the fascinator?

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21 thoughts on “Swedish Royals Celebrate 1000 years of Skara Diocese

  1. I think a navy straw hat with a wide brim would have worked better. She is one of my favorite royals, but the hat does not work for me.
    I noticed someone commented about C.P. Victoria wearing her hair pulled back. Maybe, I am remembering incorrectly, but it seems she has worn her hair back more often since she became a mother.

  2. I’m not a huge fascinator fan, but as fascinators go, I think this is an attractive example. Personally, I wouldn’t put it on long flowing hair (not many head pieces look better on long flowing hair than on a style with some structure, in my opinion), but I think a bit more softness in the hair style would be a big step forward. The fascinator goes with the coat but the dress really doesn’t…

  3. I love the coat in a quirky kinda way (stripes are my weakness), and like what I can see of the dress. However, each should be with a cream counterpart, rather then together like this. Also, The navy fascinator is lost in her hair color/style. I wish the headband was something smaller, better hidden.

    This coat, a cream dress and this hat in cream with a smaller headband, and we’d have a winner.

  4. The striped coat over a solid coloured dress would have worked much better. Or vice versa. The fascinator isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen – I remember Victoria wearing some kind of woven fascinator over half her face that was worse. I totally agree with Hilly B’s observation about the hair in the face issues.

  5. What was Victoria thinking when she put this ensemble together? I can’t figure it out myself. I love the coat, but the dress and coat do not go together at all. And I agree about fascinators. When will this fascinator craze be over? I think it is long overdue to be shelved.

  6. Sigh. The earrings and the clutch work with everything, but that’s all that does. (Love those earrings–I would totally wear them!)

    I don’t hate all fascinators but they are so overdone. This one is not particularly bad, but doesn’t help pull the outfit together. (Not sure that anything could, but this would have been a place to try.)

    The coat is lovely; I am less excited about the dress, but might change my mind if I could see more of it. But these two pieces just don’t fit together. Even Daniel’s coordination (bless him) doesn’t pull this off.

  7. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY VICTORIA DOESN’T EVER WEAR HER HAIR DOWN FOR ANYTHING?? I’VE SEEN ONE PHOTOGRAPH OF HER WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER WITH IT DOWN AND SHE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! THE PLASTERED BACK LOOK IS NOT ONLY TERRIBLY UNFLATTERING BUT MAKES HER LOOK SO HARSH AND PINCHED:( SHE SHOULD TAKE A PAGE OUT OF HER SISTERS BOOK FOR HAIR HELP. MADELINE KNOWS HOW HOW TO PLAY UP HER NATURAL BEAUTY.

  8. I can write now that the aspirin has kicked in and my eyes have uncrossed. This is a horrible combination of otherwise nice clothes and the “hat” is the icing on an unpalatable cake. Victoria, please talk to your mother about hair. She is the expert. The fascinator’s only saving grace is that it is a solid colour.

  9. Three pieces that don’t go together. Patterns only mix well if the tone is the same and the blues are way apart. And that fascinater looks like it’s from Claire’s Accessories. Enough already!

  10. Everything is lovely except the very unfascinating fascinator. I love the dress and the coat but just not worn together. Her fascinator would have scraped in if it were not for the blue plastic looking head band. As for her hair, well I have to admit I love it down but she only ever seems to wear it that way on formal occasion such as a Gala where she is not at the mercy of the weather. Heaven forfend we have another Princess with “hair in the face, hair in someone elses face” issues. Hair like that also takes far more time and more than likely, requires the attention of a professional hairdresser. Somehow Victoria has never come across as that high maintenance.

    On the other hand, it was nice of Daniel to accessorise with his wife. Loved his navy suit matching the navy stripes on her coat and the pale blue silk tie complimenting her dress. Nicely done Daniel.

  11. I am also not fascinated by fascinators. This whole look is a mish- mash of mess. Sorry, but Vikan needs a stylist and hairdresser! Patterns can go together, but not these two and not when a fascination is an add-on. She looks fabulous and then spirals down to horrid in three days. Shame.

    • Thank You, I totally agree with you. This time she looks a mess, just because they are designer clothes doesn’t make them look great. Some designers I believe just throw anything together without much thought. The coat alone with a different dress would be fabulous and the dress with an white or off white coat/short coat with a pillbox hat would be wonderful.

  12. I think you are all correct in the way the pieces don’t go together all that well. I do like them all individually. The fascinator does need a hairstyle which covers the band part.

  13. Yes I said earlier today fascinators are over. This has a headband which is almost teenage orientated.

  14. I personally think we are done with facinators – they might come back again but I sure would like to see them go for a good 19 years or more! That said, I can ‘do’ a facinator better than I can ‘do’ some of the really silly perchers – those look often like they belong on a show monkey from the 30s next to an organ grinder! I don’t really have issue with the coat and dress – I think we will once again be seeing mixed patterns – not that everyone needs to like them – they work sometimes and sometimes they don’t!

  15. Again another fascinator of which I don’t like. Your right Hat Queen, the coat is lovely and the dress underneath is not the right dress for the coat. And her hair down would be so pretty with a cream hat, something small with a small embellishment so at not to take away attention from her outfit.

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