We certainly didn’t have to wait long for the Duchess of Sussex to make her Ascot debut! All eyes were on the newest British royal couple today- no surprise as the Duchess wore the most elaborate hat we’ve seen her in so far. A statement design in white sinamay, the hat’s upsweep is counter balanced by a down facing teardrop point on the opposite side. The fluid shape is punctuated with a wide black straw binding stripe around the piece and a gossamer-light black crin brim around the upswept side of the hat. The design is completed with trimmed black quills and a knotted patent leather figure-eight bow.
I think it’s a fantastic hat for Meghan. The organic shape has such a delicate lightness, it appears from some angles almost to float over her head. The crin brim factors significantly in the hat’s airness, softening the graphic, monochrome colour scheme and lending subtle sheen that beautifully frames Meghan’s face. Black and white ensembles sometimes carry a harsh edge and while the colour contrast still brings punch to this one, the shape of the hat, the crin brim, the lace trim and flow of Meghan’s silk dress all combine to create a softer, layered look. What we’ve seen of Meghan’s style so far is that it is the anthesis of fussy and while this hat certainly makes a statement, it also appears to fit her style well.
Previously Worn: This hat is new