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When it comes to royal style, it’s usually the Duchess of Cambridge or Meghan Markle who catch our attention - but there’s another royal who has been sporting some incredible outfits recently... the Countess of Wessex.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and wife of Prince Edward (the Queen’s youngest son), has got the fashion world talking with her stylish ensembles.
From belted coats to colourful midi dresses, her recent outfits have stolen the show – and we can’t get enough of them!
Many of her pieces are designer, but we’ve rounded up some brilliant high street alternatives – so you can get her fabulous looks for less.
Unfortunately we can’t all quite afford the Countess of Wessex’s stunning designer items, but scroll down to the bottom of this page to shop our high street gallery edit.
The Countess of Wessex style file: our favourite of Sophie’s looks
The goes-with-everything staple black jumper
On a recent visit to a hospice in London, the Countess kept it simple but sophisticated, in a sleek black jumper and nude/camel trousers, along with some simple silver jewellery.
There are of course plenty of black jumpers on the high-street, but we reckon we’ve found the closest match for Sophie’s gorgeous one. Marks & Spencer sell a gorgeous cashmere-eqsue jumper, with the same round neck that the Countess of Wessex’s has. It’s super comfortable and cosy, and costs just £15!
The classic red midi dress
The Countess of Wessex wore a red midi dress to celebrate her birthday at Buckingham Palace on Monday. Sophie rung in her 55th birthday in a stunning piece by Paris fashion house Alaia – which featured a scalloped hem and sleeves.
There aren’t many scalloped dresses on the high street at the moment – but there are plenty of other red garments which boast different detailing. Dorothy Perkins has an alternative dress, which has a lace bodice and a pleat skirt as detailing, instead of a scallop design. It’s also on sale, down from £38 to £30.40.
The white jeans you need for spring
Sophie is currently visiting Sierra Leone for a short royal tour. Her first stop was at the Peace Museum in Freetown, where she sported a pair of stylish cropped white jeans, teaming them with a floral blouse and some espadrilles, for a timeless, neutral look.
We’ve found a pair from M&S in a flattering cigarette style, for just £29.50. White jeans are a great investment as they look great all year round. Team them with a baggy jumper in winter and a blouse during the warmer months.
The statement puffer for dressed-down days
Earlier this month, Sophie visited hockey players at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire and observed a training session.
For her visit, she wore a grey puffer coat with a belt, over a pair of green tailored trousers. Puffer coats have soared in popularity over the past few years so there are plenty of variations on the high street.
We think Dorothy Perkins offers one very similar to Sophie’s look. It features a faux fur trim hood – for added warmth on those chilly days – as well as an elasticated waist belt, which helps define shape.
The dazzling jewel-tone cocktail dress
The countess wore another great ensemble to an evening reception, on her Sierre Leone visit. She attended an event for UK partners at the British High Commissioner’s residence wearing green cocktail dress.
The garment came from A Ross Girl by Amanda Ross – a US-based label – but we’ve found a similar piece on the UK high street. & Other Stories have a puff sleeve dress in a similar belted style, on sale for £57. What’s more, the wrap design is known for being incredibly flattering on all body shapes.
Belted coats – a royal classic!
Sophie has worn a multitude of brilliant coats recently, but there have been two in particular which have caught our attention. The first was worn by the countess on Christmas Day. The belted number was from the brand Suzannah Brodie and was in a classic 1940s tailored style.
We’ve found a similar version at John Lewis. The Fenn Wright Manson Petite Armel Long Belted Coat is in a beautiful champagne shade and the belted design not only looks fabulous but helps lock in warmth too.
Another notable piece in Sophie’s coat collection is the belted blue piece she wore to the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy, back in December.
The bold blue number is from the brand Suzannah London, but also bears a striking resemblance to a Mulberry coat often worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
We’ve found a lookalike from Warehouse which is on sale, too – down from £79 to £40.