The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the races again today with the Countess in another new hat. A wide brimmed design in aqua straw, the hat’s brim dips down (a downsweep?!) low on the left side to frame Sophie’s face. The bespoke design links with its accompanying dress for the trim, a layered overlay in black and aqua ombre pleated crin that rolls into a spiral blossom just above the brim’s dip.
It’s a magnificent hat on Sophie. The colour is stunning on her and the gentle shape not only frames her face in the most flattering way, but stands out against all the upswept brims we see. The black and aqua scheme set by the dress is a high contrast one that could easily yield a matchy, harsh lined hat but Jane Taylor’s stroke of genius in the ombre dyed pleated crin gives a softly romantic touch to a scheme where such an effect should be impossible. Several of you have mentioned a nostalgic “My Fair Lady” nod in several hats at Ascot this year- something that is clearly evident in this design while it simultaneously feels fresh and new.
Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Emilia Wickstead dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Earl repeated his black silk top hat- a hat that is in clearly better shape than others in his family! His pink silk tie, printed with jockeys on horses, adds another humorous touch.