Theresa May A-Z: J is for Jaunty Hats


Theresa May makes a bold style statement with her love of jaunty headgear. May favours millinery from designer Liz Felix, whose boutique is based in Henley in Thames. The PM has been known to regularly pop into Felix’s boutique to select hats for official functions, and her husband also accompanies her on this most important style mission!

Theresa May has worn hats from Felix for several years. The first documented Felix hat was to a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade welcoming the Chinese Premier in 2015. The red piece has an upwards sweep, framing the PM’s face and a bow twist on the right hand side.

May also wore this stylish red piece to the Sovereign’s Day Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in April 2017.

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Other hats from Liz Felix include a navy blue number complete with a sparkly sunburst pin for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey and a large sunhat style piece topped with an oversized orange flower.

A recent Felix creation for Theresa May was the hat she wore for the Remembrance Day commemorations in November 2016. As Felix said to the Henley Herald: “I made the hat with Theresa in mind, I had no idea whether she would return after becoming Prime Minister.  It was a felt hat with a sinamay brim, a slanted crown and a turn up on the left side.  On the side it had highly trimmed duck feathers with a triangle felt piece to give the hat clean lines.  I only put it on the model in the window on Friday and on Saturday morning when I was in the back workshop clearing up for a fascinator workshop I was running the afternoon I heard the shop bell ring and went out to discover that Theresa was in the shop looking at hats.  She tried the hat on and after asking her husband Philip his opinion, he said, “it looks fabulous, why try anything else on?” Hear, hear!

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