On the second day of Royal Ascot, The Countess of Wessex was the only royal lady in the style stakes. Sophie chose a white and navy ensemble for the day of racing, which saw heavy rain showers.
Unfortunately we have very limited photos, as the Earl and Countess spent most of their time on the balcony and were not part of the carriage procession today.
Sophie chose a white high-neck dress. T
his looks like a typical Emilia Wickstead dress for the Countess, but we can’t even see if it is long-sleeved, or where the hemline falls. I would guess it is a midi or tea-length dress with three-quarter sleeves. The sleeves do look a touch loose, which would correspond with this ‘Sharonella’ dress from the brand, however the shoulders are more square, and not rounded as below. You might think the style is familiar, as Sophie owns a very similar piece in pink and has worn it to Ascot previously.
Update: the dress is from Suzannah, the ‘Evangeline’. Costing £1850, this crepe dress features a high neck, long sleeves and a fit and flare midi skirt, with a segment of navy to really elevate the piece. The tip of the segment comes in at the waist, and wraps around the back, almost like a belt; however, the dress is not a bodice and a skirt attached, but a single piece, so the darts and seams contour the body, giving even more movement and elegance. A simply gorgeous dress we can’t wait to see Sophie wear again. Get one here.
Thanks @theroyalsandi for sharing the update from Suzannah
The Countess wore another hat by Jane Taylor. This is the ‘Patent Braided Coolie’ hat is created out of patent strips and fluffy fabric strips interwoven. In the shape of an Asian rice hat, pointed at the top, with a brim slightly wider than the head. It costs £1200 and is available here. Below we show the black and white version, but Sophie’s is navy.
Sophie chose her Beauchamps ‘Hutchinson’ clutch, in a vivid navy snakeskin. The envelope clutch features a twist lock to the front, and gold studs to the sides, with a Beauchamps plaque on the rear.
The earrings were new – an usual squashed square look, almost. A very simple, yet edgy earring, which really heightens the elegance of this look. We’ll update you if we find these. The Countess additionally wore a lovely rose brooch.
We can only speculate she wore navy heels to match and tie the look together.
What did you think of this unusual hat?
Here are some options to emulate this look: