When the Duchess of Cambridge appeared in Ireland last month in a new hat paired with her gold brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, I promised a look back at the three other hats she has worn with it. Today, I’m making good on this promise- here are the four hats Kate has paired with this go-to coat:
Look 1: At the May 6, 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopez in a cream cocktail hat with feather explosion trim by Yvette Jelfs
Look 2: With a Jane Corbette designed black pillbox percher hat trimmed with bow tails and a net veil, worn to the May 1, 2010 wedding of Oliver Baker and Melissa Nicholson
Look 3: With Gina Foster’s famous ‘potato chip’ vertical wave design in natural pinok pok straw, trimmed with a large silk rose and pleated straw bow on the underside of the hat, worn to Zara and Mike Tindall’s wedding on July 30, 2011
Look 4: In a teardrop shaped percher hat with swirled sinamay rose centre by Lock and Co., worn in Northern Ireland on June 14, 2016
We have talked before that pairing a cream coloured hat with this coat runs the high risk of a resulting ensemble that looks “all rather biscuit”. I have a hunch that one of these hats will be your overwhelming favourite but I’m curious about what makes your favourite pairing here tops for you. Is it shape? Scale? Colour? Do tell!
Photo from Getty as indicated; Rex Features