One of my goals for 2018 is to complete more royal hat wardrobe inventories. With no better time like the present to work at achieving this goal, we’re jumping in today with a look inside the Countess of Wessex’s millinery closet at all of her red hats. Red does not seem to be Sophie’s favourite colour as she has worn just three designs in this hue during the course of her royal life:
Designer: unconfirmed; Philip Treacy
Introduced: April 4, 1999; November 19, 2007
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: December 25, 2009
As far as I can determine, each one of these designs was worn only once, at the events pictured above. The shapes could not be more different, giving a most random look to this collection. The shape of #1 is outdated to current fashion sensibilities; the upswept brim of #2 is lovely but the harsh Homburg bumps on the crown seem at odds with the large flying bow. As lovely as #3 is in theory, its large scale and placement ends is simply awkward (bouquet plopped on head). Seeing these hats reminds me of the time, prior to her wonderful collaboration with milliner Jane Taylor, when Sophie’s millinery looks more than occasionally looked like they were wearing her, instead of the desired opposite. I’d love to see what Jane Taylor would design for her today, in red.