Here are the 17 different royal hats we saw at the races this year. Click on any photo to jump back to a feature post on that hat.
Day 1: June 15
Day 2: June 16
Day 3: June 17
Day 5: June 19
Which hat stood out most to you?
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It’s enough of a variation on Zara’s go-to beret percher shape not to look samey and I really like the height provided by those flying bow tails. The two shades of pink also really work here. While I’m not a fan of the dress, it was a brave and successful choice to pair this hat with it as it calms down the voluminous romanticism of the dress.
Zara and Mike Tindall rounded up today’s royal attendance at the first day of racing at Ascot Racecourse. Zara topped her cream and black dotted dress with a cream straw beret percher hat trimmed with silk roses and black dotted veil. A slim straw box completed the piece at the back.
It’s a shape and scale we’ve seen often on Zara but one that combined beautifully with this charming dress, drop earrings and beautifully styled hair. The hat is beautifully balanced on its own and I adore how the dots on the dress were linked to the hat with the use of that dotted veil.
Designer: bespoke Juliette Botterill. Dress is ME+EM (Polka-Dot Mini Dress in Cream/Black). Styled by Annie Miall. Previously Worn: this hat is new
Mike Tindall wore a beautifully shined black silk top hat. Some of you will remember a story we heard about this hat being accidentally sat upon at a past Ascot- it’s great to see all seems to have been repaired!
There’s much diversity here- colour, style, trimming, shape, scale and designs from more than fifteen different milliners. There are so many good looks, it’s worth reminding ourselves that Zara is not a working royal – thank goodness she allows public view into her private life that allow us opportunity to admire her fantastic hats!. Thinking ahead to the future… I’d love to see Zara experiment more with some larger scale pieces (saucers and slice hats maybe?) and designs with wider brims.
What do you notice about Zara’s hats? What styles would you like to see her try next?