The Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrated their nineteenth wedding anniversary today at the races, the Countess wowing in a new hat of pale pink straw. The hat’s saucer shape fluidly extends to a high upsweep at the back and the perimeter of the piece is bound in a wide stripe of black lattice printed crin. The same black crin is layered with pink crin to create folded ruffles that trim both sides of the upsweeep.
Sophie always brings out the millinery ‘big guns’ at Ascot and this look is magnificent on her. The pink and black scheme is unexpected but works, thanks to light materials used on the black accents. The exuberant crin ruffle trim on both the front and back of the hat gives playfulness to the piece from all directions and today, paired to perfection with Sophie’s amazing upswept hairstyle. We don’t often see the Countess in pink and this shade, along with the hat’s flattering scale, suits her so well. Many of us have become admirers of Sophie’s ongoing collaboration with Jane Taylor and this hat is one more in a long lineup of greats.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.