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Now that the focus has shifted (somewhat) from Kate’s dress, suddenly everyone is talking about all those hats at the Royal wedding last week. What did you think of the fancy and potentially dangerous headwear the ladies of European aristocracy were sporting during the festivities? Click through to see a few of my favorites and ones that would have been better off left in the hat box.

I am a huge fan of hats – blame it on Blossom – and look forward to incorporating more into my summer ensembles. What about you? Any hat fans or better yet, any hat makers out there?

My Favorites (in no particular order):

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Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg; Princess Letizia

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Royal cousin Zara Phillips in a hat by Philip Treacy; Autumn Kelly, wife of Peter Phillips – son of Princess Anne

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Sophie Winkleman – Lady of Fredrick; Victoria Beckham in a Philip Treacy hat and dress of her own design, with husband David

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Princess Michael of Kent

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Claudia Bradby, jewelry designer and wife of British journalist Tom Bradby; Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

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The mums (and step-mum) – Carole Middleton in a hat by Jane Corbett, Queen Elizabeth II in a hat by Angela Kelly and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall in a hat by Philip Treacy

It was a nice thought, but….

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Princess Eugenie of York – daughter of Sarah Ferguson; Santa Sebag Montefiore with her sister, British TV personality, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

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Lorna Brooking; Prince Harry’s date Chelsy Davy, desperately in need of a hair brush

And everyone’s favorite:
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Princess Beatrice of York looking like a character from Spongebob Squarepants

Any favorites? Let me know what you thought about the millinery choices at the Royal Wedding.

If you still can’t get enough hats check out the great selection that Daily Candy pulled together just in time for this year’s Kentucky Derby!

Photos courtesy of People.com and The Daily Beast

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    Aug 15, 2011, 01.07 AMby ghis

    To me they all look ridiculous the hats and the ladies tha wear them

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    Aug 10, 2011, 09.49 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    Very classy, Princess Letizia! I love the hat, the dress, the makeup, the hair. Beautiful, but understated, she lets the bride be the star of the show.

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    Aug 9, 2011, 10.08 PMby lila-1

    I like hats, but the small ones worn at the royal wedding all looked quite silly. Like, the shape and flowers and decorations looked right, but for some reason they were all wearing them perched right on their foreheads rather than on their actual heads – Victoria Beckham, Princess Eugenie, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Princess Beatrice. Is that just the fashion now or is that how you’re supposed to wear small hats..?

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    May 3, 2011, 03.01 PMby bodicegoddess589

    I was a sucker for all of the hair fascinators I saw, too. I mean, hats are one thing, but fascinators are so neat and tasteful. Maybe Fergie’s girls could have gone that route… Also, I really wish Posh would have SMILED. Dude. You’re at a Royal Wedding with David Beckham. At least feign joy.

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      Aug 9, 2011, 10.10 PMby lila-1

      Hear hear. Maybe shes worried that smiling will give her wrinkles

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    May 3, 2011, 02.49 PMby mirela

    My favorite is: Princess Michael of Kent, I would wear that! and look at the stitching of that jacket! Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, love the coat! i want one

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    May 3, 2011, 01.33 PMby Jll58

    I love hats, but I do draw the line when they start looking like one has a growth on their head or that someone just grabbed a bunch of feathers or flowers, hot glued them together and call it a hat. Wish that hats were worn more in the States at functions other than just weddings or funerals. My mood is scarves over my hair, but maybe will open my hat boxes up again.

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    May 3, 2011, 11.24 AMby heidilea

    I’m still in love with the hats, even the terrible ones. They’ve actually renewed my interest in millinery and I’ve grabbed a couple of newer books at the library (the one I have was recommended to me and I wasn’t crazy about it). I already have a small vintage hat collection.

    I actually really liked Eugenie’s (though, her pretty dress didn’t look like it fit her properly), though Beatrice’s is a little harder to swallow—I have to give her props for pushing fashion boundaries and I think this is the first time I felt like she didn’t look like an unmade bed. Unfortunately, the younger women don’t seem to get you have to do something with you hair when going to a formal event, or else it just turns into a mess.
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    May 3, 2011, 09.42 AMby rogue-cellist

    Princess Letizia’s is actually quite wearable! I like hats but never really feel like I can pull them off, so I usually chicken out. Weddings though are one of the few opportunities out there for wearing hats like this, that and “ladies day at the races”. My sister can get away with just about anything on her head but I defy even her to be convincing in Princess Beatrice’s headpiece…

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    May 3, 2011, 07.58 AMby sweetpadee

    Princess Beatrice seems to always have the most eccentric hats, I am a fan of her quirky style. I’m hoping that hats will one day make a comeback for women in the US. I am so envious of the Brits’ toppers.

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    May 3, 2011, 05.13 AMby urbandon

    Sophie Winkleman’s is beautiful. I’m glad there were so many hats- millinery is such a wonderfully creative field that should be embraced by more people.

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      May 3, 2011, 01.44 PMby themisslinds

      I couldn’t agree more! I wish we had occasions to wear hats here in the states that weren’t solely associated with costume parties or the Kentucky Derby.

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