King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima spent the day in West-Friesland yesterday, following a busy programme that included stops at recently redeveloped Oostereiland island, a road construction project in Drechterland, a youth drug and alcohol prevention round table in Grootebroek, a agricultural seed production facility in Enkhuizen and a sailing demonstration in Medemblik.
For these events, Queen Máxima repeated a dove grey straw hat with round crown and wide, mushroom brim with unusually shaped high, pinched sidesweep on one side. The lower side of the hat’s brim is pinched into a more subtle crease – these two pinches turn the round brim into something closer to the shape of an eye (see picture at the bottom of the post). The hat is finished with a slim hatband and abstract flower with long petals that curl around the hat, both in the same grey straw.
It’s amazing how dramatically two brim creases can change the overall look of a hat. This one makes a statement entirely by shape and scale and while it’s not perfect (I think the brim might work better without its rounded, mushroom edge shape), it’s certainly interesting. Grey is not a colour I associate with Máxima but it works well for this hat’s unusual shape and enables the design, which has been in use for more than 15 years, to continue looking current and fresh. I thought the combination of hat and this light summer dress yielded a polished, effortless summer look for the Dutch queen.