Next up is the Countess of Wessex who wore a sweeping cream headpiece trimmed with swirling Lady Amherst feathers.
Fiona: Beautiful hat, I love the soft undulating line sweeping across her face and the three dimensional shape of the hat. I am a bit disappointed with the dress- although the neckline is pretty, the fabric looks like a cheesecloth and I am not so certain that the bell/puffball sleeves work so well. But overall, quite a nice look for Sophie.
Jill: I am always a fan of texture and although this platter is not my favorite shape, I think it is great with her dress. The trim is a little ho-hum, good for the foul weather but feels more fallish and a little sedate for the occasion. I would have liked to seen a nice pop of feminine color. The Countess of Wessex wears these larger platter shapes very well though.
Christie: Unfortunately this isn’t my favourite look on the Countess. The heavy material in her dress along with her neckline and large round sleeves are screaming to be broken up with a light, clean lined hat. If this base piece was in sinamay, with some angles, it could save the look. However, I feel that it’s round lines and material is too heavy with this. I like the idea of the trim, but I don’t feel like it’s well executed. I’d be more inclined to have a clean start to the feathers, perhaps wrapping them with some material and then curling them out from this point. I do, however, like her brooch and earrings.
Royal Hats: Using the same fabric for a dress and to cover a hat can be tricky and the photos yesterday show it doesn’t always work well. Sophie usually looks fantastic but both the dowdy dress and the heavy handed hat were complete misses for me.
Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new
It seems that we’re back to very mixed opinions about this hat. What are your thoughts, dearest readers?