The Countess of Wessex attended the NHS 70 years of Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey last week. In a respectful nod to the occasion, the Countess recycled all parts of her clothing, which is something the Royals do well to keep the attention toward the engagement they attend. Sophie looked regal in her Emilia Wickstead and Jane Taylor ensemble.
The Countess wore a bespoke version of the Emilia Wickstead ‘Fabia shantung-tweed dress’, originally retailing for £1,490 but currently on sale for £745. We believe this piece may be a combination of the Fabia, the ‘Suki V-neck Sleeveless Wool Midi Dress’ and the ‘Mimi Shift Dress.’ The tweed fabric the Fabia is constructed from is a lot different from the wool crepe of Sophie’s, the green colour and material more likely come from the Mimi Shift Dress.
Sophie’s dress – worn previously to Royal Ascot last year – showcases a wide low v-neckline that touches the shoulders, puff 3/4 panelled sleeves, a fitted bodice to an empire waistline. The bodice of the dress features centre panelling and darts above and below the waistline. The fitted pencil tea-length skirt is a departure from Sophie’s signature fit and flare tea length skirts and dress. Below we show the Fabia, Suki and the Mimi Shift Dress for colour and material comparisons. You can purchase the original Fabia here. Try this dress for an affordable get the look option here.
Sophie re-wore her Jane Taylor feather disc fascinator. Sophie has previously worn this hat to Royal Ascot. A sharply angled beige sinamay disc fascinator that is worn close the right side of the head. The fascinator features feather trims of ivory and brown on both sides. This is one of the Countess’ ‘Medium’ sized hats, as she normally opts for quite large oversized hats. However, a perfect choice for the occasion. This hat is bespoke.
Sophie carried her Jane Taylor leather embossed crocodile clutch. The clutch is described as silver/ivory/nude colour-way. The silver and ivory being seen in the embossed crocodile leather and the nude in the leather accent bar and tassels. We don’t see the tassels when Sophie is carrying her clutch, she may have removed these, tucked them in or the clutch made was made for the Countess without them. Tassels on handbags was a huge trend a couple of years ago, so having them there would start to date the clutch. The tassels may also get tangled in Sophie’s hands when she is carrying the bag, which could create many awkward moments when she is meeting people. Either way, we prefer the clutch without the tassel detail. It may surprise some people that Jane Taylor has made a range of bags, as she is most notable for her amazing bespoke couture millinery.
Sophie accessorised with jewellery pieces from Dior. The ‘Mise en Dior’ from the Dior Cruise 2015 Collection. Her earrings are large arched clips with pearl cluster detail. A brooch also from the same collection features pearls and crystals in arched rows. Sophie has previously worn this brooch horizontally, today she chose to wear it vertically. The pieces are no longer available, though you may find them from time to time on eBay. They are part of Dior’s Costume Jewellery range so come with a reasonable price tag of between £100 to £300. We believe her bracelet may also have come from the same collection.
Sophie also accessorised with Monica Vinader rings and her Skagen Ladies watch.
Sophie opted for her Prada nude patent leather pointed-toe court heels, which she wears on occasion to engagements. These heels feature an 80mm heel height and are crafted from patent leather outer and leather interior. Get a great get the look here.
We liked the larger pearl earrings and brooch, a playful twist on a classic accessory. We think that the Countess looked sophisticated, feminine and respectful today.
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