I’m a fashion expert – here’s how you can copy Sophie Wessex’s understated style

IF one woman has captured the hearts of the nation since the passing of our Queen, it is her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex.

Images showing her gentle nature have gone viral – and her sense of style has captivated us too.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in Wellington Arch during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth on September 19, 2022 in LondonCredit: Getty

The 57-year-old mother-of-two, who is married to Prince Edward, has lived somewhat in the shadow of her fashionable parents, the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex.

But while these two leading ladies have style, Sophie’s fashion sense has been overlooked for far too long.

She looks like a “real woman”. Unlike other royal fashion ponies, she’s got hips, bust and butt – and dresses like the understated, stylish friend we all know.

So if you don’t fit the mold of Kate and Meghan, the Countess of Wessex should be your new fashion icon.

Sophie Wessex paid tribute to the Queen with subtle details on the funeral dress
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power pants

ALTHOUGH it’s unusual to see a royal in trousers, when Sophie wears them, she opts for wide, elegant legs.

Fluid and flattering on all silhouettes, these are the pants she trusts.

Sophie's high-waisted, flowing and flattering pants, it's in them that she trusts

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Sophie’s high-waisted, flowing and flattering pants, it’s in them that she trustsCredit: Camera Press

Typically high-waisted, they’re the same width from hip to hem, meaning they give the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, even when worn with flats.

From designers like Victoria Beckham to high-end brands like Jigsaw, her power pants pack a punch when worn with waist-cinching jackets or sweaters – and yours too.

The midday print

LIKE many women, one of Sophie’s must-haves is the midi dress.

Favoring brands such as ME+EM and Victoria Beckham, she often opts for a more modern midi dress or midi dress in a punchy print – whether for a royal engagement or Royal Ascot.

Sophie often opts for a more modern midi or midi dress in a punchy print

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Sophie often opts for a more modern midi or midi dress in a punchy printCredit: Getty

Busy florals, polka dots and geometric shapes are styles that can live in your closet for years and will never go out of style.

In addition, they allow you to be comfortable.

They hide anything you don’t want to show – even if the fabric itself is a little tighter than you’d like – keeping your eye focused on the print rather than what’s underneath.

Pinched blazer

A TAILORED blazer is Sophie’s wardrobe favorite that she wears many times.

Slipped over a dress or with a top and bottom, the Countess of Wessex uses it to frame her outfit and also create a defined waistline.

The Countess of Wessex uses a tailored blazer to frame her outfit

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The Countess of Wessex uses a tailored blazer to frame her outfitCredit: Getty

Jackets that pinch in the middle will instantly give your body definition, even if the blazer is worn open, like Sophie did here.

Padded shoulders enhance this look by emphasizing the hourglass figure, giving the illusion of a smaller waist.

It’s a great way to cheat the waistline without needing to tuck in anything or wear shapewear that restricts circulation.

The rule breaker

SOPHIE likes to break the mold and be different in 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.

In 2018, when Royal Ascot changed its dress code, she was the first to hit the Royal Enclosure in a jumpsuit

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In 2018, when Royal Ascot changed its dress code, she was the first to hit the Royal Enclosure in a jumpsuitCredit: BackGrid

It made a lot of noise, but in a good way. And, surprise, surprise, she looked amazing.

Giving an occasion like Ascot a modern upgrade is usually a job for celebrities, but the unassuming Sophie did it with little ado.

She shows us that you don’t have to compromise on your own comfort level to be up to date.

The camouflage belt

It’s no secret that adding a belt to any dress, jumpsuit, or pant gives you a defined waistline, but the key is to get a camo belt.

And no, that doesn’t mean camouflage.

Sophie often wears dresses pinched at the waist with narrow belts

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Sophie often wears dresses pinched at the waist with narrow belts1 credit
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Sophie often wears dresses that are nipped at the waist with narrow belts in the same color and fabric so that they blend in and aren’t so noticeable.

Sure, it does the same job as any other belt, but it creates a sleeker, sleeker look that feels more expensive and well put together – like sophisticated Sophie does.



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