In fashion, some say that repeating outfits is forbidden. However, if you take a cue from Queen Elizabeth II, it is clear that certain outfits never go out of style. The Queen, and other Royals, are masters at outfit repeating, typically reusing certain looks for different occasions over the years.

Think of it this way, if you have a hat or a dress that you’ve fallen in love with or that has taken a lot of effort to make, why wouldn’t you want to wear it again? In the past week alone, Queen Elizabeth has already shown how effortless outfit repeating can be.

Civic Duties

Last week, Queen Elizabeth visited Bracknell to celebrate the reopening of The Lexicon Shopping Centre. To mark one of the biggest town center regenerations in the United Kingdom, the Queen wore a turquoise ensemble previously seen last Easter.

The vibrant shade is a common choice for the Queen and so was the hat style, which was designed by milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan. The slanted crown and slightly upswept brim were trimmed with a matching felt bow and pink silk blooms. While the bright colors would be fitting for spring, the felt material made this hat appropriate for autumn.

Weekend Races

Over the weekend, the Queen attended the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. While she has no fear of bold colors no matter what the season, her blue ensemble was perfect for a crisp October day.

Designed by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, her felt hat featured a two-tiered crown and upswept brim. Completed with blue and orange feathers and a felt bow, the hat appeared to have a sense of coziness and warmth. The pop of orange in the trimmings alluded to the Queen’s love for all things bright, bold and fun.

Her Majesty previously wore this outfit to open a medical facility in Hull last November. You can see photos of this occasion on the Royal Hats Blog.

If the Queen can rewear a hat, or even an entire outfit, so can you! Hats are timeless and the talents of milliners deserve to be displayed whenever they can. How will you rewear a hat this season?

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.