Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex has worn her snakeskin printed straw cloche hat with high, split crown and Lady Amherst feather trim by Philip Treacy with three ensembles:

Look #1: With a grey dot printed silk dress and belted white pique jacket worn April 9, 2005 to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding

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Look #2:  With a pale slate blue dress with moire watermark printed collar, cuffs, hem and front placket trim, worn for a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on July 17, 2007

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Look #3: With a black dress and notch collared jacket worn for a service of thanksgiving for the life of Sir Edmund Hillary on April 2, 2008

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Which ensemble do you prefer most with this hat?

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British Royals Mark Armistice Day

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a service at Westminster Abbey today marking  Armistice Day and the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior.

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For this event, Camilla she repeated her large black black felt hat with flyaway raised brim. The smooth lines of the hat are punctuated with a wide band of bias-woven ribbon binding the brim edge. It’s such a great hat for events such as these, its scale and sleek lines connoting a sense of solemn dignity.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Fiona Clare. 
Previously Worn: Feb 1, 2019; Nov 11, 2018Dec 25, 2016Nov 13, 2016Dec 25, 2015

Over in Stafford, The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended an outdoor commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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The Countess repeated her navy felt pillbox wrapped in a swath of dotted veil. The classic shape pairs so well with Sophie’s wide collared coat and its militaristic styling, creating another overall look that feels very fitting for this event.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Mar 10, 2020

As I said on Sunday, hats are secondary at events like these but this pair is, again, outstanding.

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

Members of the British royal family attended the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster today. The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Dukes of Cambridge and Kent, and Earl of Wessex took part in the ceremony, which was considerably scaled back from years past (26 former service men and women took part in stark contrast to the more than 10,000 veterans usually included in this event).

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The Queen, Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the Countess of Wessex looked on from balconies above the Cenotaph.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a new black hat with slightly angled stovepipe crown and cartwheel brim, edged in a wide stripe of black binding. The hat is trimmed with a spray of overlapping stitched leaves and a small side bow.

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Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a black felt beret hugger percher wonderfully trimmed with black felt and jinsin twists sweeping over the hat, studded on the side with a large black silk bloom.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Bruce Oldfield.
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new percher hat with saddle shaped velvet felt base, embellished with a beautifully proportioned multi-looped silk bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy “OC 784” from AW 2020. Coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat, her fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer:  Jane Taylor “Felt Pillbox with Embroidered Feather Trim” from AW 2020. Cape by Zara.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

While the hats at such events are secondary, this quartet really is stellar.

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

One of many statement hats in the Countess of Wessex’s wardrobe is a black straw sidesweeping waved disk hat with pointed ends, anchored on a calot style cap and trimmed with a branch of black flowers. Sophie has paired this custom version on Jane Taylor’s “Lady A” design with three ensembles so far:

Look #1:  With a sleek black striped jacket and tailored skirt worn June 21, 2013 to Royal Ascot

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Look #2: With a red and black jaquard patterned Azzedine Alaïa dress worn March 9, 2017 to a memorial for members of the armed services who served and died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Look #3: With a vibrant green silk Suzannah tea dress worn for Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019

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Which ensemble do you prefer most with this hat?

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

One of my favourite dresses in the Countess of Wessex’s closet is a vibrant green design from Suzannah with collared boatneck, black bow belt and full pleated skirt. Sophie has paired this stunning dress with three black Jane Taylor hats:

Look #1: With a black straw pillbox trimmed with vintage straw braid detail worn for a VE Day Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015.

 Look #2:With a black felt button percher with silk abaca overlay and triple bow worn June 15, 2015 for the Order of the Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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Look #3: With a dramatic, wide waved disc straw hat with floral vine worn for Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019
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Which hat do you think pairs best with this dress?

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