Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.
Jimbo’s Introduction: Mixing hats with different outfits is not a new millinery phenomenon. Queen Elizabeth, everyone’s favorite and most prolific royal hat wearer, was leading the way 20 years ago! Here is the same hat, worn with a different ensemble each time. Granted, not the most fascinating of designs, this tan straw go-to hat could have been intended as the grab-the-closest-hat-hanging-by-the-door-as-you-make-a-mad-dash . . . we all have one!
Hat: Almond braided straw with upturned kettle brim, trimmed with a multiple strand plaited hatband and rolled circle button at back. Designer unknown.
Look #1: With a pale turquoise tailored suit with stitched lapels worn on April 19, 1999 in Seoul, Korea, on March 29, 2000 in Launceston, Tasmania and on a March 22, 2001 visit to a London publisher.
Look #2: With a deeper turquoise wool bouclé coat worn to welcome a Chinese state visit on October 19, 1999
Look #3: With a black silk dress printed with ivory stemmed flowers worn November 14, 1999 in Durban, South Africa
Look #4: With an ivory bouclé double breasted coat with brass buttons and a taupe silk dress with ivory polka dots worn October 12, 2000 in Manchester
Which outfit do you prefer most with this neutral hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated