We're captivated by Duchess Sophie's chic navy jumpsuit and simple accessories - it's the best wedding guest outfit

The Duchess of Edinburgh has timeless style

Duchess Sophie in a navy jumpsuit at Royal Ascot 2019
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For the last few days, the news has been filled with images of beautifully dressed royals and celebrities at Royal Ascot. And while there have been many an enviable outfit, our minds keep being drawn back to Duchess Sophie's chic navy jumpsuit from 2019. 

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore the elegant piece the first year after Royal Ascot released its newly approved dress code (which included women being able to wear jumpsuits) – becoming the first royal to wear one at the prestigious event. And it's stuck in our memory ever since. 

Sophie has been a constant source of style inspiration for us over the years, but this navy jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead, which featured a cinched in waist with a buckled belt, plunging but still appropriate neckline and flared trousers with front pleats, is up there as one of our favourite of her looks. It's such a great combination of comfort and style, and perfect for special occasions. We'd even go so far as to say it pips some of the best wedding guest dresses on our list. 

Sophie Wessex navy jumpsuit

(Image credit: Getty Images / Karwei Tang)

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At the time, Duchess Sophie paired her navy jumpsuit with a modest hat (in Ascot's terms), studded clutch bag with gold buckle, black heels and simple white gold necklace and watch. 

This year Sophie has very much stuck to tradition with her outfits, wearing the most stunning dress and hat combinations. And she's not the only royal who has stepped out in style, with Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall all showcasing the best in occasion fashion for the annual event. 

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

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