Princess Anne took in the second day of racing at Ascot today, joined by her son and daughter-in-law. She repeated her cream straw teardrop percher hat with upturn on the rounded back of the design. Lavishly trimmed with looped straw bows, silk flowers and large bows in white net, the light hat is well suited to a day at the races. I’m not a great fan of its pairing today with Anne’s brown silk dress and beaded ivory jacket (its “a whole lot of biscuit” to quote a favourite comment here) and would have preferred the piece paired with something more colourful. This is one of the more modern millinery pieces in Anne’s wardrobe and I’m afraid this outfit brings it down.
While I was a bit disappointed in Anne’s chocolate biscuit look, Autumn Philips did not disappoint, topping her blue and white printed dress with a matching sidesweeping percher saucer hat embellished with a mass of trimmed white feathers curving out from beneath the hat’s raised brim. The colour is so lovely on Autumn, as is the scale, and the upward soaring hat works so beautifully with this dress. If one must wear a high ruffled neck, this is the kind of hat to pair with it!
Previously Worn: This hat is new