Yesterday evening, at a reception to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust, The Countess of Wessex was a perfect complement to The Queen, by wearing a white ensemble and allowing Her Majesty to stand out in cobalt blue. More on the event, including the speech where Sophie calls her mother-in-law ‘mama’ here.
Sophie opted for a dress by Valentino, the ‘Pleated wool and silk-blend grain de poudre midi dress’, which costs £2790 here. The cream piece features t-shirt sleeves and a round neckline, moving from the relaxed bodice into a pleated midi skirt, scalloped at the hem. The pleats in the skirt are stitched at the top, before allowing the skirt to flare further dow; the skirt actually resembles petals, and has quite a stiff structure. A concealed zip to the back closes the dress. The hem definitely makes this a more interesting piece, and the wool-silk blend fabric adds a touch of glam.
The Countess wore her Penelope Chilvers ‘Tango’ Mary Jane heels, in the tan/violet colour-way. With a square toe and 3-inch block tapered heel, these shoes feature a tan body and violet purple buckle and heel. Perhaps not the most obvious choice for this outfit. These and her grey pair are no longer available, but the label has a them in ruby red velvet here.
Sophie wore her Lucia Odescalchi lozenge earrings, in a deep amber. These are a great match – try here.
She also chose a new necklace. The tarnished metal piece features a diamond-shaped base, slightly shorter at the bottom. There is intricate work, with what look like leaves and embellished berries flanking the central amber-coloured stone. This looks like costume jewellery to us, but we are yet to find it. Updates when we have them.
UPDATE: this necklace was gifted to the Countess on her visit to Kosovo earlier this year. We are looking for more details of the piece and its maker.
— British Royal Fashion Data (@dataduchess2) November 28, 2019
While the dress is lovely and simple, and the unusual tones in the jewellery add some pizazz to this look, we think the shoes were a big miss for Sophie. We don’t think we have seen an outfit with them that we have liked… What did you think to this look?
Steal Sophie’s style here: