Today was the first day of Royal Ascot, and The Countess of Wessex brought her style game! Joining The Queen, Duchess of Cambridge and other Royals, Sophie chose a floral midi dress from Emilia Wickstead, and went in an unusual direction by matching the print of the dress to the underside of her hat.

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Sophie wore an Emilia Wickstead bespoke midi dress in a very pale pink. With a high neck, half sleeves and full skirt, the main feature of the piece is the floral print. The garment is cleverly constructed as there is no waistband, giving the skirt more movement.

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We can see this print in other pieces available currently from the label.

The hat Sophie wore was another Jane Taylor piece: a wide brim hat, with matching underside floral print. The crown is also squared off, and features a wide white band, that forms a bow at the back.

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This is quite a different style for the Countess, in the shape as well as including print in the design. We think this works from a certain angle, when you can just see a touch of the floral underside, but mainly the white outer. Otherwise, it looks a little fussy, especially with the high neck.

She matched the look with her LK Bennett ‘Harley’ peach platform heels, which haven’t been seen for a while now. Personally, these are not the first colour I would reach for to go with this look, but it does add a slight pop of colour than the usual nude heels Sophie favours.

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Sophie carried an embellished flap clutch in baby pink. We didn’t get a very good look at it, but can see lace and stones on the front. We have seen this previously, but it remains unidentified.

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Sophie wore a pair of diamond square stud pearl drop earrings. A square of nine clear stones sits at a 45-degree angle, and four round stones come from this, ending in a pearl. I don’t believe we have seen these before, but they look more costume jewellery-like than real.

Sarah (@theroyalsandi) noted these were seen in Estonia back in October 2018.

What did you think of this look? It appears to be dividing royal fashion watchers!

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