IF one woman has captured the hearts of the nation since the passing of our Queen, it is her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex.
Footage showing her gentle nature has travelled around the world – and her sense of style has captivated us too.
She looks like a “real woman”. Unlike the other royal fashion ponies, she has hips, a bust and a bum – and dresses like an understated, stylish friend we all might know.
So if you don’t fit into the Kate and Meghan mould, the Countess of Wessex should be your new fashion muse.
Clemmie Fieldsend casts an eye over her sartorial successes for you to copy.
The power trouser
ALTHOUGH it is unusual to see a royal in trousers, when Sophie wears them, she opts for elegant wide legs.
Fluid and figure-flattering on all shapes, they are the trouser she trusts.
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Usually high-waisted, they are the same width from the hip to the hem, which means they give the illusion of a longer and leaner leg – even if worn with flats.
From designers like Victoria Beckham to high-end high street brands such as Jigsaw, her power trousers pack a punch when worn with waist-cinching jackets or jumpers – and yours will too.
The midi print
LIKE many women, one of Sophie’s go-tos is a midi dress.
Favouring brands such as ME+EM and Victoria Beckham, she often opts for a midi or a more modern midaxi-length dress in a punchy print – whether for a royal engagement or Royal Ascot.
Busy florals, polka dots and geometric shapes are styles that can live in your wardrobe for years and will never go out of fashion.
Plus, they allow you to be comfortable.
They disguise anything you don’t want to show off – even if the fabric itself is a little more snug than you’d like – by keeping the eye focused on the print rather than what’s underneath it.
The nipped-in blazer
A TAILORED blazer is Sophie’s trusty wardrobe favourite that she often wears on repeat.
Slipped on over a dress or with a top and bottoms, the Countess of Wessex uses it to frame her outfit and also create a defined waist.
Jackets that nip in around the middle will instantly give your body definition, even if the blazer is worn open, like Sophie has done here.
Padded shoulders enhance this look by emphasising the hourglass figure, giving the illusion of a smaller waist.
It’s a great way to cheat a waist without the need to tuck anything in, or wear circulation-limiting shapewear.
SOPHIE likes to break the mould and be different with her style choices.
For example, in 2018 when Royal Ascot changed its dress code, she was the first to hit the Royal Enclosure in a jumpsuit, having ditched the traditional dress.
It caused quite the stir – but in a good way. And, surprise, surprise, she looked amazing.
Giving an occasion such as Ascot, a modern upgrade is usually a job for celebrities but unassuming Sophie did it with little fuss.
She shows us you don’t have to compromise on your own level of comfort to be current.
The camouflage belt
IT’S no secret that adding a belt to any dress, jumpsuit or pair of trousers gives you a defined waist, but the key is to get a camouflage belt.
And no, that doesn’t mean camouflage print.
Sophie often wears frocks nipped in at the waist with narrow belts in the same colour and fabric so they blend in and aren’t so visible.
Sure, it does the same job as any other belt but it creates a smoother and sleeker look that comes across as more expensive and well put together – like sophisticated Sophie achieves.