I’m honored to have Ellie Vallerini, creator of Sussex-based Ellie Vallerini Hats, join us to weigh in on today’s royal hats at Ascot!
The Countess of Wessex topped her navy crepe jumpsuit with a matching veiled pillbox hat covered in the same fabric.
Ellie Vallerini: The Countess of Wessex always looks so beautiful, and this is an absolutely perfect colour for her. It’s a smart and sophisticated look with a feminine edge. Although colour matching isn’t essential these days I think it works really well with this chic look, letting the elegant lines and colour do the talking.
Royal Wats: While the designer calls this a ‘halo band’, it’s a full, pillbox! From the waist up, I love the look. The oversize scale of the hat works so well with the open neckline and the veil adds a little texture to break up the sameness of the navy crepe fabric on both pieces. But… when the wide legs of the jumpsuit get added to the mix, I think they throw things out of proportion, which is a bit disappointing.
Ellie Vallerini: The hat has been beautifully made, in some angles it does look a little heavy on her and the veil doesn’t go over her eyes which is always a flattering look, however I think she looks great and it’s lovely to see a bold and simple look executed well!
Royal Hats: I so admire Sophie’s willingness to experiment with fashion. This courage has brought us some stellar Ascot looks over the years. I love that you described this as a ‘bold’ look- it certainly is! It doesn’t take lots of feathers or a bright colour to create a bold look.
Designer: Jane Taylor. Bespoke version of the Halo Band With Veil. Jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: this hat is new
What do you think of Sophie’s hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated