Hat trends are interesting to watch and the past year has been no exception. While 2013 was all about toque hats and 2014 was the year of the pillbox, the calot hat saw prominence in 2015. Here are some of the calots (and calot variations) we saw last year:
The only royal house not embracing the calot are those in the House of Windsor (the British royals favoured cocktail hats and more traditional brimmed shapes). This is the third year in a row we’ve seen a strong trend for brimless hats and I have to wonder when brims will make a comeback. I suspect that with four out of five of our favourite hats of 2015 all sporting substantial brims, many of you are hoping to see more brims on royal hats in 2016!
What do you think of the calot trend, dearest readers? What trends would you like to see in royal millinery this year?
I like the calots..they can be pretty, refined, casual or elegant.. and always appropriate. To me, Queen Mathilde wears them perfectly.
I rather like the calot hats. They aren’t the most dramatic or exciting of hat types in general, but they seem like a great option for royals to wear to day time events, perhaps of a more low key nature.
After seeing the movie “Carol” last night, I was reminded of how elegant calots can be (a very common style in the 1950s, especially as a cocktail hat for the evening). Unfortunately, not all of these succeed at being as elegant, but Silvia wears this style best, and Máxima’s red one and Marie’s dark navy one are also winners.
For me this an exacting style, and most of these ladies aren’t really flattered by it. The effect tends to range from neutral to unflattering (with a few exceptions of course). If you’re going to wear a hat it should add to your overall look, although I understand that hat wearing for royals is about more than just style. Why look like you have hat hair when you still have the hat on?
I like calots because they are a nice change from the usual pillboxes, perchers, cocktail hats and fascinators, but I preferred brimmed hats.
I agree eith this. Anything is better than those darned “fascinators”. This misnamed style is a curse.
Some of these calots were great, and others not so much. The best calot wearer was Queen Silvia of Sweden, as this hat type works so well with her hairstyle. I didn’t like the really small one worn by Princess Charlene of Monaco at the Christening of her twins. I think the more substantial calots are the best.
I think calots are one of the prettiest hat types so this trend makes me happy!
I like these hats because they show the face, and they don’t look ridiculous. They look best on Queen Silvia because she has such pretty hair.
Several of these calots were interesting, though perhaps most fulfilled the purpose of merely being present and providing finish for a costume. While not generally the most intriguing of hats, they certainly have the potential to set off an ensemble really well–and for a royal, a discreet and/or off-the-face hat must be an occasional necessity.
I find it hard to get excited about any of these hats! At a push the grey one Max wore is quite nice, but only because it was lifted by her extraordinary bejewelled coat.
I do hope that next year you’ll be reporting that picture hats are the hat trend of the year!