Back in February, I introduced you lovely readers to my hat obsession and hosted a Downton Abbey hat parade in honor of the farewell season.
Since I enjoyed that post so thoroughly and since this month marks the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s fifth wedding anniversary, I thought it a fitting time to honor one of my style inspirations—the always elegant, Catherine Middleton.
Strike up the band and unleash the ticker tape, it’s time for fancy fascinators and haute couture hats to go on parade!
Duchess Catherine’s Hats on Parade
This bow-embellished green hat by Gina Foster is a fun addition to Catherine’s tartan coat and exudes a definite Brigadoon vibe! When one dons such a hat, one can only hope to find Gene Kelly under sable skies. (If you caught the song reference, you are my people!)
Only in preparing for this post did I discover the name for this particular style of topper. Now I shall graciously pass along my acquired knowledge, so you might be properly prepared for your next tea party. ‘Tis appropriately called a saucer hat. And this feather festooned silver one is a standout!
I love the vibrant red of this fascinator by milliner Jane Taylor! The marvelous floral detail is reminiscent of poinsettias.
This navy design by Rachel Trevor Morgan is so classically chic! It has a nautical flare that begs to be paired with gold jewelry and a red lip. Although, I do quite like Catherine’s monochromatic styling with the navy tweed jacket and sapphire earrings.
I believe this Jane Corbett piece would classify as another saucer hat. The soft, ballerina pink hue and peek-a-boo lace create a lovely look of blushing femininity.
Here Catherine dons a dignified black saucer hat (she does rather seem to favor the saucer), custom made by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. The beauty of this piece of millinery is in the attention to detail. The sculpted butterfly, the bead work, the elegant netting that hovers above the eyes—each element adds a layer of style and luxury.
That. Color! That beautifully shocking shade of turquoise! In a dress by New Zeeland-born designer Emillia Wickstead and another hat by Jane Taylor—which could not match any better if it were made from the same cloth—Catherine beams summertime. BEAMS!
The next hat to march in our parade is a rich, chocolate brown pillbox hat with an adorable bow and braided knot detail. Now for A Moment of Hat Trivia: The pillbox hat is a diminutive topper with a flat crown, straight, upright sides, and no brim. It was invented by milliners in the 1930’s and named after the small cylindrical or hexagonal cases pills were once sold in. This has been A Moment of Hat Trivia.
This Jane Taylor hat is a breath of fresh spring air. How exquisite are those white flowers?! Fairy-like.
Here we have a cheery red pillbox hat by designer Gina Foster worn with a smashing coordinated trench and the cutest accessory ever—Prince George! *dissolves into unintelligible baby talk sounds*
This monochromatic gray ensemble features one of the few times when Catherine has opted for a wide-brim. The Erdem coat and hat by designer John Boyd is a match made in fashion heaven! Indeed, somewhere angels are singing. Oh wait, that was just me…ahem.
Lastly, our hat parade comes to a close with a hat by milliner Jane Corbett. This burgundy, fur felt design with ribbon detail is as unique as it is stunning. If a hat could be a fine wine, this one would be an elegant merlot swished in shinning crystal goblet. A toast to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Fashionista Extraordinaire!
Which of these Catherine Middleton hats or fascinators is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. And for those desiring more style inspiration, pop over to my Millinery Masterpieces board and follow me on Pinterest!