Interesting Hatbands?

It’s been a long while since we embarked on a discussion topic so we’re easing back with perhaps the most overlooked of millinery elements- the hatband. Usually a band of Petersham ribbon, sinamay or felt that wraps around the base of a hat’s crown where it meets the brim, hatbands can coordinate, compliment, contrast, or completely disappear. I’m curious, dearest readers-  which royal hats have the most interesting hatbands?

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33 thoughts on “Interesting Hatbands?

  1. Some of my favourite floral hatbands
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  2. I didn’t realize how many statement hatbands are on Princess Alexandra’s hats until this post! This is among my favourites, the design by Rachel Trevor Morgan who makes the hatband the star of the hat.

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  3. Another good place to go hunting is Princess Anne’s early millinery collection. And nope, she didn’t disappoint. Buckled, threaded and a double stacked bow.
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  4. one i’d not seen before

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  5. It’s most convenient when the hatband is woven right into the capeline!
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  6. I had a feeling Princess Beatrix would have something for us. The band of textured leaves is particularly inventive!

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    • How did I forget about Beatrix’s Reese’s peanut butter cup hat?!

      Here are four more from Queen Elizabeth:
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    • It’s not her only band of leaves!
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      Her patent leather is also memorable
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  7. Not just ribbon- woven ribbon!
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  8. I think this stacked hatband is wonderfully striking.

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    • I’m often surprised how few patterned hatbands we see on royal hats!
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      • subtle hm patterns
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  9. here’s an unusual hatband.
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  10. A Twist from Diana…
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    …and a plait from Alexandra.

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  11. I am partial to the feathered hat band like the fedora hat band we saw on the Duchess of Cambridge on a Christmas walk at Sandringham or the Duchess of Wessex in the car on the way to church at Sandringham. I think it may have been the same style in different colors.

    • Ah- these hats from Hicks and Brown!
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  13. Two furry hatbands on Princess Margaret?
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    Or one lurking amongst the feathers?
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  14. a few from hm;

    fishnet (used as a ‘band’)
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    multi-thread trim
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    and (p)leather – not sure its a hatband without a brim, but its a hat with a band!
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  15. I’ve always loved the colour blocking on this 70’s outfit, and the buckled hatband is a jaunty touch.
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    Also pretty jaunty is, erm, Camilla’s giant rolled sausage!

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