Queen Silvia used the second day of the Indian state visit to Sweden yesterday as an occasion to début a new hat. The calot hat, which looks to be made of straw, was clearly custom dyed to match the Queen’s turquoise silk dress. We often see Queen Silvia in hats the same hue as her clothing and while this approach to hat wearing often creates a one-note, boringly matchy ensemble for other royals, Silvia carries it off well. Why? I think the keys are hair and hat shape. Silvia’s dark hairstyle creates enough contrast between hat and outfit, especially when the hat is a pillbox or calot style worn on the back of her head. This monochrome approach to daytime royal dress does not work for everyone but Queen Silvia seems to have it down to a successful science.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Photo from The Swedish Royal Court