Mink Suzannah dress & velvet heels for Countess Sophie on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Today, The Countess of Wessex was in attendance once more at Royal Ascot on what is often called Ladies Day; it is where women go bold with their outfits and big with their hats, and Sophie was no different: she chose a lilac midi dress from Suzannah and a bold ostrich feather hat by Jane Taylor for the day, and went through a range of emotions as the racing got underway!

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Sophie had the Suzannah ‘Eleanor’ dress slightly altered. Described a ‘argent’ or a ‘sensitive mink tone’, Sophie’s appears more lilac in the summer sun with her pastel accessories. It features a pleated organza midi length skirt, a blouse-like bodice with mother of pearl buttons, and sheer shoulders and sleeves, but the Countess has had these extended to half sleeves with pin-tuck detail, and removed the neck bow, whilst adding a matching square belt. She also appears to have lengthened the skirt to a maxi length. The dress fastens with a zip to the side of the bodice. It costs £2,500 and the original is available here.

The Countess of Wessex in lilac Suzannah and a Jane Taylor ostrich feather hat on Ladies Day. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images
Suzannah Eleanor dress

Designer Suzannah Crabb (centre, navy and coloured skirt) was also at Ascot today, too, with Rachel Trevor Morgan (The Queen’s go-to milliner, left)!

Another Jane Taylor piece was worn by Sophie today, a bespoke wide-brimmed hat featuring an abundance of ostrich feathers, in varying shades of lilac and grey, all around the brim. It sits perched high on the head, on a small base slightly to the right, allowing for the tilt of the brim.

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Her bag was another Sophie Habsburg design, the ‘Ginny’ snakeskin clutch, which sells for €320. Made of calf leather and snakeskin, the bag has an asymmetric flap, with a panel of suede to the right-hand side, which extends to cover the underside of the flap. This seems to be a custom piece, as purple isn’t available on the site, just black, blue and red. Get one here.

Sophie Habsburg Ginny clutch

She also chose velvet stilettos for the occasion, giving us serious shoe envy! These are the Gianvito Rossi pair – the ‘business pointed-toed velvet pumps’ – we saw at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange earlier this year. In a blush velvet, the feature a pointed toe, and high 110mm stiletto heel. They retail for £450 but are no longer available in this colour. You can buy them in black here, or if you like the pink, try these barely there sandals also from the label.

Gianvito Rossi blush suede pumps

Sophie’s earrings were from Boho Betty, a pair of double-drop earrings in smokey quartz. She’s had these for a few years now, and despite their dark tone, they work well with this outfit. They feature a round stone as the stud, and a longer oval stone below, set in silver.

The Countess was wearing her impressive aquamarine ring again today, and three bracelets. One looks to be a tennis-style chain.

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