Week 29: LBD and how Kate Middleton works a hat

In Week 29 of the Little Black Dress (LBD) Project I explore the millinery options available to warm and style up my LBD for the commute to work. Check in each day this week to see how I top things off with a different style of hat as worked by style setters like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. All hats in this series were kindly loaned by Melbourne’s own Scally & Trombone.

Greetings Busichics!

I hope that you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week of BusinessChic! Now regular readers will know that I often talk about how much I’d like to see more hats being worn on the way to work. So this week I’m expanding Week 29 of the Little Black Dress Project to show five different ways of rugging up for work that are primarily differentiated by the change of a hat!

Top of the inspiration this week is the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. As one of the key faces of the British royal family, Kate works hard to look prim, polished and relatively inoffensive. Not too far off the requirements for the average professional? BusiChics may have noticed how she does this with a touch of style and at times on a budget that would suit the above-average professional lass.

One of the key accessories that Kate has had to work as a royal is the hat. As with glasses, it looks like Kate knows that one needs to be open and try on a variety of styles. Afterall there is no just one hat that will suit the myriad of occasions that she faces at work!

The Duchess of Cambridge makes a statement by matching the colour of her hats to her polished coats.
With this in mind, I decided to emulate the Duchess’ style by finding a style and hue of hat to match my 1960s coat:

Week 29: Taking inspiration from Kate Middleton and wearing a matching coat and hat to work.

I’ve layered my Bento Little Black Dress with a 1960s coat from American Rag and Camper shoes from their  “Twins” range. The structured purple beret is from Scally & Trombone

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When wearing a hat in the style of Kate Middleton, remember:

  1. Make an effort with your hair: style to suit your hat and keep it looking fabulously lush. Longer-haired lasses may be able to blow-dry gloriously and put their hair half-up as the Duchess does. Shorter hair lasses, like yours-truly, will have to opt for a tuck behind-the-ear. Remember that while Kate gets to keep her hat on, you absolutely must take yours off at work. Please ensure you have amped up your tresses with hairspray, volumiser, beach spray or dry shampoo to mitigate against the risk of hat hair. You’re welcome.
  2. You are not the Queen, yet. You shallt not pair with ageing matchy handbag, just yet.
  3. Make-up must be natural but polished, at all times. Ironically by taking care to ensure that your hair and make-up look polished in that effortlessly-natural way, you will help prevent this look from looking overly precious-princess.

One thing that Kate does that I would not recommend for BusiChics is the wearing of dangly earrings. I am not one for the dangly earring at work and always encourage my styling clients to stick to less fussy stud styles.

Don’t want to be so matchy? Consider keeping the structured beret in a vibrant hue but switching to a coat in Melbourne’s favourite shade to add some colour to your usual all black ensemble!

What do you think of Kate’s hat style or my effort to bring the look to work?

Stay tuned this week for more celebrity-inspired hat style with my Little Black Dress each day!

Want to see  more LBD Project outfits? Click here!

 Many thanks for the loan of hats to Scally & Trombone, a shop at 331 Brunswick Street which I have frequented since I was still in highschool (i.e. a long time)!

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  1. Love the hat you chose, it looks great on you and with the LBD 🙂

  2. Cute idea! The hat suits you very well!

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