For last week’s Commonwealth Observance Service, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new tear drop shaped percher hat designed by Jane Taylor. Several readers noticed that while the shape is distinctive and unique, Kate has two other hats that follow the very same form:
Pink straw and silk version worn for Commonwealth Oberservance on March 9, 2015; Ice blue straw and lace version
worn for Trooping the Colour on June 14, 2014; Grey felt and organdie version worn for Easter 2014 in Australia
The creative tear drop shape of this percher cocktail hat is an unusual shape for a royal hat. Despite the stand-out nature of this shape, Jane Taylor has done a magnificent job of giving each hat its own personality through the use of very different trimmings. The pleated silk, lace cut outs and organdie ribbon that adorn each hat are fairly simple embellishments but Taylor’s use of one type of trim on each hat makes each one shine. Out of all the hat twins we have seen so far, these hats have the most unusual shape yet each have the greatest amount of individual character. This is undoubtedly due to Taylor’s adept eye and hand for embellishment.
The Duchess of Cambridge does an excellent job of styling her hair to highlight this hat to its greatest effect. Often, small percher hats don’t show well from the back but this style, with its raised top, looks great from all angles. Which of these three versions of this style do you like best?
Photos from Getty as indicated