The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception on International Women's Day 2019

On March 8, 2019, The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on International Women's Day 2019 to highlight the vital role women play in building peace in countries affected by conflict. Princess Mabel of The Netherlands also attended the reception held at Buckingham Palace. (The Countess of Wessex wore a new abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt by Victoria Beckham.)
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
The Countess of Wessex wore a new Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
The Countess of Wessex wore a new Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
The Countess of Wessex wore a new Victoria Beckham abstract print men’s shirt and pleated midi skirt
The Countess of Wessex wore Victoria Beckham Abstract Print Shirt and Midi Skirt
Victoria Beckham Abstract Print Shirt and Midi Skirt

28 comments:

  1. Happy International Women's Day 2019. Lots of famous faces.The cut of this dress is nice,but not a fan of the pattern.

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  2. Mostly I like Sophie's outfits, this is not my cup of tea. As I can see sleeves are too fluffy, also the hemline is wrong on her.

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  3. Sometimes I wonder if these women look in a mirror before they leave the “castle!” This dress is so wrong to me: the print is ugly and the style just swallows her.
    Her face is lovely but she needs a new hair style. I think it was Anna Wintour who said a woman should choose her hair style that best suits her by age 50. I hope this is not what Sophie has chosen.

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  4. "Princess Mabel of The Netherlands" schrijft u. Ze mag zich Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg noemen. (titre de courtoisie)
    Ik noem haar altijd de douariere!

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    1. Ja, u weet wel hoe je iemand neer moet halen.

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    2. U vergist zich: hoe je iemand neer moet zetten.
      En daarmee basta! (leentjebuur van Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld)

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  5. I really appreciate Sophie Wessex for representing the royal family with dignity and genuineness, and she looks fabulous when she "gets it right". I can't like this drab, lumpy outfit, though. It looks a bit like camo, just not as colorful.

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  6. Not a fan, this pattern sort of reminds me of military desert pattern, the silhouette it's too bulky and she seems engulfed by a sea of fabric. Not her best look.

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  7. This outfit is by Victoria Beckham? Sorry but this dress is awful! I can't think of noone that this outfit might look nice on.....

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  8. I hate not liking Sophie's clothes, but I just don't care for them most of the time. With her hair and skin tone, she looks so much better in color. Most neutral colors will wash her out. So often Sofie is swallowed by fabric, and her preference for longer hemlines is aging her. She looks her best in sillouettes that are more fitted, showing her figure. Even the Queen shows more leg than Sophie does. I would love to see her wear her hair down more often because it softens her look. She has been such an asset to the BRF, and this seems to be the one and only area she has any missteps.

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    1. So agree, Chardonn8r. You covered it! Sophie is truly lovely and it pains me to say anything negative. A poster above said this dress swallowed her. But she is still beautifully groomed and poised.

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  9. Sicher, Sophie hat schon schöneres getragen, aber ich mag sie. Obwohl nicht „royal“ geboren, weiß sie, sich auf diesem Parkett zu bewegen.

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  10. I like this dress. I think the pattern is unique and the style is nice, esp with the pleated skirt part. It could be an inch or two shorter, but not a big deal for me. Her hair in the usual upsweep is very classy.

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  11. I adore the Countess and love her work and and almost everything she wears, but this outfit is the wrong style for her. I think would look much better as a jumpsuit... somewhere in a desert combat zone.

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  12. I admire Sophie so much for the overflowing load of duties she has taken on. So I don't like to throw out a criticism. But here it is -- really do not like the shirt part of this outfit. Most unflattering to say the least. I don't like the fit on Sophie, the print nor the style. (Was surprised when I saw it was a Victoria Beckham. Does not speak well of the label.) I do like the style of the skirt and with a differently styled solid top in a coordinating color, it would work.

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  13. This print looks like toile. It is something different and very British. Not every appearance by these ladies should be long on glam and short on substance. That said it looks more suited to a dressage type event. Sophie seems like a genuine person. She gets a pass on this.

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    1. Honestly, I can't see this is very British. And I don't really see why it's especially suitable for dressage.

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    2. It's that staid type of style that older British women would wear with sturdy walking shoes when out and about in nature. Good for supervising the work in the stables or giving prizes at such an event. Toile is one of the earliest forms of creating a print on fabric. Some patterns are specific to certain countries.

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    3. As a British person I honestly have no clue what you mean - I've never seen anybody dressed like this for those kinds of events. I really haven't. And I haven't noticed my fellow Brits tripping around in toile prints.

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    4. Toile is generally found in more stately homes as wallpaper, upholstery and window treatments. It's the kind of fabric a designer is called in create the look. A few years ago the print crossed over into the apparel market. Victoria is trying to recreate the trend. And...in the picture above, the lady is British. http://www.cowtan.com/manuel-canovas/toiles#1001219

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    5. Thanks for the link - some nice prints which definitely look better as wallpaper in a large residence than as clothing.

      But this print doesn't look like toile - it seems more abstract and rather unattractive. It would be a bit prettier if it was that kind of print although it's all a bit much and I think needs a plainer skirt or pair of trousers paired with it.

      The lady is indeed British - as is the designer, but it's still not something that I recognise as an especially British thing in terms of clothing.

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    6. You were right...in terms of the print. A visit to Victoria's site describes it as 'disruptive camouflage'. Your eyesight is waaaay better than mine, since the repeat looked like trees. As for the style of dressing, the Queen herself wears .... never mind. Again you are right about the print.

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  14. Not loving this outfit - don't especially like the print and don't especially like so much of it. It might have been better just as the top part.

    Anyway, hats off to Sophie for supporting these kinds of causes.

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  15. Only Victoria Beckham (or someone as thin as she is and with her attitude) can pull off this ‘look’. She often has this cut in multiple colourways. And they are ment to be oversized. But I think they only work for women of a certain body type, and even for them it only does in block colours. When you add a heavy pattern like this, it’s too much.

    Not sure what’s wrong with her hairdo. I agree with those who quipped that it’s aging Sophie and looks quite severe. Maybe wearing her hair loose doesn’t feel comfortable for her. Whilst it looks professional, it just doesn’t fit the image i have of Sophie. Maybe a change in hair salons would offer her some fresh perspectives.

    Lily

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  16. So nice to see Pss. Mable there too. Nice dress for Sophie.

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  17. Creo que son 2 cosas 1) la ropa de hoy no la favorece para nada y no es linda;2)el trabajo que desarrolla,su simpatía,lo desempeña perfectamente

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