Countess of Wessex in Alaïa at first garden party of the season

Yesterday, The Countess of Wessex attended the first garden party of the year with her husband Prince Edward, The Queen and her brother-in-law Prince Andrew, at Buckingham Palace. Over the warmer months, The Queen hosts a series of garden parties that are attended by a variety of guests, including those who have made a positive impact in their communities.

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The Countess of Wessex at the first garden party of 2018 with The Queen; she wore Alaïa (royal family)

Sophie wore her Alaïa scalloped wavy stripe knit dress. This dress is very striking on Sophie and suits her perfectly. The rounded neckline at the front falls away into a very scooped back and hidden zip closure. The t-shirt sleeves and hemline of the skirt are finished in scalloped edges. The dress has a fitted bodice and flares into an a-line midi length skirt falling to below the knee, for a gorgeous demure feminine look. A wavy weave pattern features over the entirety of the dress, though this needs to be seen close up for this subtle feature to be appreciated.

Sophie recently wore this dress for the CHOGM week engagements. This dress is unfortunately sold out, though you can purchase it in a navy colour-way here. Get a very affordable replicate here.

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Alaïa Scalloped wavy stripe knit dress

Sophie wore a Jane Taylor hat. This is a large disc titled straw fascinator with wide lattice open weave brim. It is topped with a cream buntal twist around 2 large orange feathers. We think Sophie owns this Jane Taylor hat in two different styles, or she has taken it back to Jane Taylor for a bit of an accessory refresh. Sophie wore the exact Jane Taylor hat last year for Royal Ascot, though it was topped with a black buntal twist then. It is quite common to take your hat back for repairs, readjustments or reworking. Sometimes hats will become misshapen if not stored properly. A quick spray and steam over a hat block will return them to their former glory. This is why hat are always stored in a hat box to ensure their structural integrity. Perhaps the accessories on this hat are interchangeable and Sophie can change her hat when she wishes.

She wore the cream and orange hat in Brunei October 2017. This hat seems to be a bespoke piece designed especially for Sophie. We think the Countess’ hat looks most similar in design to the Annalisa, which retails for £1,200, purchase here.

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Jane Taylor Annalisa

Sophie carried her Sophie Habsburg ‘Amber Clutch’ in beige, retailing for £376. A silver hard case a-frame snake skin clutch with a jewelled cabochon clasp. This clutch is satin lined, a favourite of Sophie’s. You can purchase this clutch here.

Sophie Habsburg Amber in Beige

Sophie wore her Prada Saffiano leather stiletto pumps in beige, retailing for £533. A gorgeous pair of patent leather beige pointed toe court heels with a medium heel height of 85mm. Sophie wore these heels when she was on tour in Malta. We love these lower heel height shoes, they are a perfect option for the office at any time of the year. You can purchase these heels here. Get an amazing replicate of these heel here.

Sophie accessorised with her Tiffany citrine post studs. A cushion cut citrine on a gold claw setting post earring. There are no product image of these earrings at present. Get an affordable replicate of these earrings here. Sophie also wore her Hermes ‘Constance Charm’ necklace, retailing for £5,379. A rose gold Hermes handbag charm, inlaid with 65 diamonds, a rose gold ‘H’, hanging from an adjustable chain. The pendant has 0.29CT of diamonds. You can purchase this delicate necklace here.

Hermes Constance Charm

Get Sophie’s look here:

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