The Countess of Wessex attended Ladies Day at Royal Ascot (Thursday) in a very bold fashion choice of an Emilia Wickstead wide-legged jumpsuit. The Countess always opts for chic and elegant sartorial choices. However, whilst we applaud Sophie for having the confidence in choosing something so daring and different, unfortunately, it did not work for us…
The Countess wore an Emilia Wickstead ‘Hullinie Crepe Jumpsuit’, in blue colour-way, retailing for £1,225. The vintage flared style jumpsuit features a low v-shaped scooped neckline and three-quarter sleeves, a wide buckle belt that sits on the waist; it was this belt that created a very short torso, which is not an entirely flattering look. The wide-legged trouser has an inverted folded panel at the top of thigh, that as the wearer walks, flows open and creating even more volume and width to the jumpsuit, and – unfortunately for Sophie – an unflattering silhouette. The jumpsuit is crafted from a soft crepe and has a rear zip closure.This type of wide pant works best on a figure that is very tall and athletic.
We have seen Sophie wear Jumpsuits in the past, an light blue Emilia Wickstead Jumpsuit to Royal Ascot last year, and a Galvan navy jumpsuit to The Queen’s Birthday concert celebrations, also in 2018. Both these jumpsuit choices, in contrast, seemed to work in Sophie’s favour.
Sophie wore a bespoke Jane Taylor ‘Pillbox hat with Veil’, in a matching blue colour-way. The pillbox style is very reminiscent of the 1960’s and was made famous by U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy. The blue felt pillbox hat sits on the crown, and comes complete with delicate face veil. We show a similar style below – the Halo Band with Veil. The milliner confirmed this was theirs on Instagram.
Sophie carried her Beauchamps of London ‘Hutchinson’ navy clutch. The textured snake skin leather clutch, is a rectangular envelope style, with gold hardware turn-lock closure and gold studded embellishments running down each side of the clutch on the front and rear panels. The back also has a gold engraved plaque. Sophie has owned this clutch for many years.
Due to the nature of Sophie’s long wide legged jumpsuit we did not a very clear look at her shoes. They are black suede, with a round toe, which look like her LK Bennett ‘Harley’ platform heels.
The Countess accessorised with a pair of cushion cut diamond earrings which look to be very similar in style and shape to her Tiffany citrine cushion cut studs. She also wore a diamond cross-shaped necklace around her neck. The cross is made up of 4 marquise cut diamonds.
Try these very affordable earrings from Accessorize to get Sophie’s look here.
Perhaps by attempting to combine clothing items that are representative of distinctive fashion decades (70’s flared jumpsuits and 60’s pillboxes) it seems to have created an oddly mixed ensemble, that did not win much favour with Royal Fashion watchers. It also seem a little strange to wear a jumpsuit on Ladies Day, when something that would seem a little more stereotypically feminine would have worked better. Sophie’s beautiful ice blue and silver metallic Suzannah top and skirt worn to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in 2018 would have been perfect!
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