After her wonderful new hat yesterday, Princess Anne chose a repeated purple headpiece for the races today. Her hat, in an interesting tear-drop shape, is edged with slim white piping and trimmed with white net tulle and a purple silk flower.
Fiona: I quite like this look and the upturn detail on the coat cuffs, even the pattern and cut of the coat is pretty. I think her headpiece is a little fussy against the floral coat pattern – the shape of the headpiece works fine but something a little more structured in the trimming would have worked better with no veiling, or at least with the veiling properly finished.
Jill: I can’t believe I am saying this but I think this may be my favorite look of the day! This is such a fun change from what I am used to seeing on Princess Anne and it is quite spirited. It was clearly made for the jacket, I like how the points of the fascinator mimic the lines of her collar and the color combination of the purple and green is lively and youthful. My only issue is the flower, I think it could have used a bit of a freshen up and some steam.
Royal Hats: Even at its first outing, that flower was a little flat!
Christie: Yes – Day 2 and still no brown! I don’t find this hat to be anything particularly special, but it works well with the outfit. This colour doesn’t particularly suit Princess Anne, it seems to wash her out and bring out the cool tones in her skin. Perhaps if she brought in a deep burgundy in her lips and a deeper accent somewhere else in the outfit it would work. It’s lovely to see her with a different shape on though, it looks beautiful positioned on the side. I would like to see the ends of the veiled trim finished differently as well, not as blunt, perhaps. And maybe some lighter elements in the trim / finishing.
Royal Hats: Because we see her drab tones so much, I think Princess Anne looks great in purple! Jill’s insightful comment has me seeing this hat in an entirely different light (almost to the point of liking it!) and I must admit that the placement seems better than past outings. However…. there still is something clunky about this design that makes it fall short for me. That, and it’s pairing with Anne’s floral coat. I’m not sure any hat can save that coat.
We have seen Princess Anne in this hat before, dearest readers- what did you think of its outing at Ascot, yesterday?