Joining me today is Toronto-based milliner Jay Cheng, creator of Jaycow Millinery to chat about the royal hats at Ascot.
Zara Tindall topped her chintz maxi dress with a blue straw hat (the royal hat colour of the day!). Made of pale blue sinamay, the split saucer is trimmed with silk roses, straw twists and large tufts of widely-woven pale blue net veil.
Jay Cheng: Very stylish disk hat with the split detail, giving space for the roses to flow from front to the back side of the hat. I feel the blue of the hat could be slightly darker. It’s too much of a contrast to Zara’s tanned complexion. Overall, Zara made a graceful appearance.
Royal Hats: Agreed, Jay- the vent in the saucer base gives some variation to the shape and the trim gives this hat lightness and life. I really like the hat in combination with this dark floral print dress, which grounds it a little, and with Zara’s hairstyle, which shows it off to perfection. And I think you’re right- a shade darker would have been even better. It’s not a standout look for Zara but I think it’s a good one!
Designer: Juliette Botterill. I believe it is bespoke. Dress by Zimmerman.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Zara’s husband, Mike, looked dapper in his black antique top hat. He hat a miniature top hat hidden inside which greatly amused the Queen and Countess of Wessex!