Hat From the Past

Royal Hats To all my fellow Canadian readers- have a wonderful weekend celebrating our nation’s 150th birthday! Here’s a look back 34 yeas to a John Boyd designed hat in our national colours, worn twice during the late Princess of Wales’ first visit to our land.

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11 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. A simple style, well executed, and which suits the wearer. The school hat vibe is nicely emphasised by the piped jacket ( Pic 1).
    But even allowing for the New Romantic look being then all the rage, the “court jester” chevron-edged jacket with 17th-century collar strikes me as heavy-handedly literal. http://www.artnet.com/WebServices/images/ll01249lldtOYGFgF2PK3CfDrCWvaHBOcM1RD/william-derby-a-17th-century-lady-wearing-a-green-velvet-dress-with-white-lace-collar,-cuffs-and-head-dress,.jpg which

  2. I hadn’t registered that she had worn it twice, even though both of those outfits are familiar. I’d give the edge to the Jan van Velden pilgrim collar, but only just. The 80’s don’t age well, and this was just before Diana got fabulous; but these are both decent looks for their era.

  3. Happy Canada Day to all my neighbor Canadians! I met my husband at a Canada Day party thrown by some Canadians here in the US years ago, so I’ve had an extra reason to look on the date with fondness.

    And I love, love, love this hat on Diana! It was so flattering on her, and unlike much of her wardrobe, which hasn’t fared well from being so 80s in style, could easily be worn today, I think. (Which means I find her dresses far too dated — but I remember when they were the absolute *height* of fashion, so times change, obviously!) I don’t blame her for using the hat more than once on her Canadian visit; it was color-appropriate and highly flattering.

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