Any month that includes a major royal wedding, garden parties and state visits in addition to regular engagements is going to bring us a stream of new hats and that is exactly what we saw in May! Ten designs – perchers, mushroom brimmed pictures, saucers, an upsweep, a pillbox and a pinwheel – stood out as particularly memorable, based on your comments, and it’s now time to choose a favourite from this group.
If you struggle to choose your favourite(s), do remember click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these ten finalists for May, shown in the order they were worn:
Duchess of Cambridge’s fluted cream straw saucer with roses and twists by Philip Treacy worn May 19
Autumn Philips in a teal straw vertical saucer with feathers by Juliette Botterill worn May 19
Lady Sarah Chatto’s textured navy straw mushroom brim hat by Stephen Jones worn May 19
Duchess of Sussex’s blush straw saucer with molded shallow crown by Philip Treacy worn May 22
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie’s almond straw mushroom brimmed hat with flower trim worn May 23