Belgian Queen Awards Music Competition Prizes

Queen Mathilde awarded prizes yesterday for vocal winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. For this event, she repeated her pale tan cotton lace dress and matching layered calot hat in banana fiber.

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I suppose all royal wardrobes need a few neutral pieces for days when one doesn’t want to make a statement and Mathilde certainly has enough bright hues in her wardrobe to prevent it ever from being described as boring. As far as neutrals go, the different textures on this ensemble (and those wonderful gold button earrings) mix well to create a look that is certainly not one note. That being said, any hat that blends with one’s hair always gets a raised eyebrow from me (what’s the point?!) and I can’t resist re-quoting one of my favourite ever reader descriptions of a hat- ‘it’s all rather biscuit.” It is Indeed.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 31, 2017
Does this hat’s second outing yesterday change your impressions of it?
Photos from Benoit Doppange and Benoit Doppange via Belga and the Belgian Monarchy

7 thoughts on “Belgian Queen Awards Music Competition Prizes

  1. I like how the folds of the hat in front blend harmoniously with the different shades of her hair, it creates a unified whole.

  2. I like the hat. But indeed, the ensemble is rather bland. That’s the difficulty when you are in the public eye: the outfit seen in the mirror is probably quite charming, but seen from afar it is too neutral.

    From my years in the theatre I learned the following trick: in order to see what a costume “does” for the wearer, you have to look at it, not only as it will be seen from the front row, but also as spectators in the back of the theatre will see it. Take several steps back from the mirror and half close your eyes. If you see no details standing out when looking through your eyelashes but just a blur in one colour, than the costume needs colour accents. It works every time.

  3. I’m afraid I dislike this even more than I did previously. As you said, what’s the point? And something about this particular shade of beige is quite unflattering for Mathilde.

  4. I really like the hat and the dress. That said, maybe a pair of red stilletos and a red clutch would really make it pop.

  5. If neutrals are required, I can get on board with this. At least this is a genuine “hat” and not one of those weird donut open crown things or the strange things that look like what you’d get if a headband and a hat had a baby. I actually really like the hat, the sort of leafy shapes on the front are quite nice.

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