Monday Multiples: Princess Anne

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for these “Monday Multiples” posts- you’ll see more in this series in coming weeks!

Jimbo’s Introduction: Princess Anne has been creative with fashion through the years, using one coat with at least two different hats. Here is one wonderful example with a red plaid suit.

Look #1: Dark fur pillbox worn on an April 20, 1978 visit to Nailsworth, near her home in Gloucestershire

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Look #2: Ecru trilby in brushed felt with red hatband and curled feather brim worn on a December 5, 1986 visit to the East Midlands.

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Which hat do you prefer most with this suit?

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10 thoughts on “Monday Multiples: Princess Anne

  1. The fur hat looks like a continuation of Anne’s own hair, piled high. I like the white hat better, with the fun curled feather. K2classroom, here is a full-length photo for you, along with another outing of the replaced white hat.
    March 21, 1978: Nailsworth
    October 7, 1985: Staffordshire
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  2. I hadn’t noticed the time lapse for the two events; I just thought the hats would have been better switched by the months – April for the white and November for the fur. The fur does pick out a darker line in the tweed, I think I like this hat the better of the two.

  3. I can’t believe she was still wearing that suit in the 80s. It looks sooooo dated then. Who am I kidding? I bet she still wears it now! Not a huge fan and neither hat is wowing me alas.

  4. Actually I don’t think either of these is a particularly good pairing with this suit. The fur hat is fine, something like this is a type that doesn’t necessarily need to relate to what it’s worn with (although in the most satisfying combinations it will do). The other hat should go much better, but I’m afraid that, despite the curled feather, all I can see looking at this is the sort of white hat that’s worn by assistants at meat counters and suchlike! (It’s the combination of colour and shape / style – if either were different, it wouldn’t bring this to mind!)

  5. I would like to see full length pictures to see more completely how each outfit is styled. From what I can see Anne is wearing a brooch with black in the middle which relates to the black fur hat. If she has black gloves and boots that would bring it all together for me. The red and white hat is obviously related to the suit in terms of color and I see she wore a different brooch without any black on it for that wearing. I think I would prefer white gloves, too.

  6. I like the last hat the best with the suit but the fur pillbox is my favorite hat of the three. The last two are very similar in look but the third hat has more structure to it which I enjoy.

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