Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to a visit to Wales, thirty-five years ago this month, that saw a young princess in a camel fabric beret hat.

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Coat dress by Arabella Pollen
Photo from Getty as indicated

8 thoughts on “Hat From The Past

  1. I love the way the crumpled style of the hat offsets the precision of the coat. The hat needs the coat and they look great together!

  2. I think this is a good take on this style – I like it myself (although it does look better from one side than the other). But as others have commented, it’s strange that the hat and coat have two different colours of trim (the coat buttons and collar look like black to me, although I guess it could be a very dark brown).

  3. I love the coat, but not that fond of either hat. These photos are almost painful to look at so I find it difficult to be too critical.

  4. Diana wore this coat again in March of 1983 with a different hat which in my opinion went with the coat a little better, but was still not exactly right color-wise:

  5. I remember this hat and I was curious why the band on the hat did not match the darker color of the neckline and buttons on the coat. Yes, she was just so young!

  6. I love berets, especially on Diana, and especially Stephen Jones’ berets — but I am disappointed with this one. I agree with Jimbo; not the best colour for Diana, and in portrait shots, the brown band with bow looks fussy against the black leather detail on the coat.
    But somehow, even from a distance, https://i.pinimg.com/736x/f3/c3/33/f3c333dd564ae34c7334abe4deaf1405–princes-diana-princess-of-wales.jpg the beret looks overcrumpled (probably because it is too tall), and the sharply angled right side accentuates the odd proportions.

  7. I remember this one! I thought it was so chic at the time. I think i still do actually, it’s a lot of camel, but it’s an a good look for autumn. She’s just so young!

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