Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Royal Wardrobe: that vintage vibe

Queen Maxima gets that Sixties feeling while christening a ship in the week

The Royal Wardrobe had a distinctly vintage vibe this week. Maybe it was all the basket weave, the swing skirts and the huge hats, but there was a lot of Sixties and Seventies making its presence felt in the top outfits of the week. Hold on to your hats, they are huge, as the countdown of five fabulous looks begin - you can vote for your favourite in the poll on the main page or suggest your own in the comments section below.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands celebrated her birthday in the week but the consort born in 1971 showed off a dress that could have walked straight out of 1965 as she christened a ship.  The black basket weave with bell skirt and cap sleeves was so Carnaby Street we can only be glad she didn't don white boots with it or we would all have had to check our calenders. Add in a statement hat that channeled the vibe and it was a winner all the way.  Whatever Maxima wears, she looks fantastic and this was no exception. Vintage rules for this queen.

Her friend and neighbour, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, went for a similar effect in her first outfit of the Jordanian State Visit she hosted in the week with similar success. Mathilde's yellow dogtooth check dress was perhaps even more Sixties with its swing shape and slightly shorter skirt. But it was the huge hat that set the tone for this one, flying straight out of a Sixties style guide and looking all the better for it. Mathilde's sunshine start to the State Visit stunned.

Her guest, Queen Rania, pulled a winner out of her royal suitcase on the final day of the State Visit with a monochrome print that had a Seventies feel and a dress that might well have partied in the Eighties. If you're doing to do vintage, do it properly and Rania really did. What's not to love about the black and white pattern and the huge shoulders that give the fitted gown a silhouette that sharpens it to perfection. 

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark went for the Seventies as well in a standout blue look that kicked off one of her most successful weeks as a royal. Mary was hosting the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen and just before it started she headed to the residence of the Australian Ambassador in Denmark for a reception for Australian delegates. The neckline, the sleeves, the skinny belt, the divided skirt - it all says Seventies. In style.

There was a lot of vintage in the skirt chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge as she headed to the Olympic Park in London to launch the Heads Together campaign.  The top was a modern take on the decade while the skirt was a full blow 70s blast from the past from the print to the shape to the length. And it all looked rather fabulous together.

Five looks, five style statement - but who was the best? Vote in the poll on the main page or add your own comments below - it would be great to hear who wore it best this week.
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