Did you hear? Brown is making a comeback in the fashion world. According to interiors trends predictions for the coming year, shades of cognac, almond and beige will be decking our halls, replacing a lot of that grey.
And on Christmas Day, royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle stamped her authority as a trend-maker when she donned a brown felt hat for the Firm’s annual Christmas church service at Sandringham.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the first church service with Queen Elizabeth II is a Very Big Deal. What will she wear? How will she curtesy?
By all accounts, Meghan won the day, greeting the larger than usual crowds who were craning their necks for a glimpse of the newest addition to the family.
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend the traditional Christmas Day service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. Photo: Alastair Grant
After a few words of encouragement from her beau and future brother-in-law, Prince William, Meghan performed her duties before the Queen.
But let’s talk about that hat.
Meghan Markle’s hat is by Philip Treacy, one of the Royal Family’s preferred milliners. Photo: Alastair Grant
Contrary to some reports, it’s not a fascinator. And after some speculation, Philip Treacy, one of the Royals’ favourite milliners, confirmed on Instagram on Tuesday that it was indeed one of his designs.
Fitting in … Meghan Markle (right) stands with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William outside church. Photo: Alastair Grant
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And to cap things off, she wore Stuart Weitzmann boots in nutmeg suede, to coordinate with her hat.
As some have observed, while Kate Middleton, who stands to become Queen, has modernised the royal dress code to some extent, Markle has fewer limitations and can be more free with her choices.
As Vanessa Friedman wrote in The New York Times: “If her future sister-in-law modernised, to a certain extent, the royal image by knocking it gently off its pedestal, Markle has the opportunity and, apparently, the aegis, to take it further.”
Strap yourselves in, folks, it’s going to a wild ride to May 19.