Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Wears Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Color-Block Outfits on Royal Tour

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is officially on royal tour in Sierra Leone and, just as expected, she’s crushing the fashion game.

The 55-year-old countess has made a splash on the tour circuit by color-blocking not once, not twice, but three times in two days.

For those unfamiliar, color-blocking is a fashion technique that pairs colors from opposite sides of the color wheel to create unexpected but complementary color combinations (think Piet Mondrian’s paintings, but in an outfit).

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1. Chartreuse, Cranberry And Baby Blue

Prince Edward’s wife began her tour on Wednesday evening with a reception for U.K. partners at the British High Commissioner’s home in Freetown. She donned a chartreuse green ARoss Girl by Amanda Ross silk cocktail dress with bright blue and cranberry sashes accenting her waist. (Kate Middleton wore a similar dress from the brand late last year ahead of her tour of Pakistan.)

The countess’s dress is no longer available, but a similar version in purple and green is still up for grabs.

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2. Cornflower Blue & Terracotta

During a visit to Russell Technical Secondary School in Russell, Sierra Leone, on the second day of her visit to the African nation, Sophie took a page out of Meghan Markle’s playbook and opted for a satin skirt. She paired a miraculously unwrinkled cornflower blue ARoss Girl x Soler Alex satin skirt ($189) with a billowy terracotta peasant blouse and nude flats. We wouldn’t normally think of light blue and terracotta together, but the combo totally works. Oh, did we also mention she broke royal protocol for a selfie?

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3. Navy And Rust

Lastly, the countess selected the navy blue ARoss Girl x Soler Brooke blouse ($400) and flowy rust-colored floral pants to speak with Amira Kamara, a sexual violence survivor and campaigner, at the Aberdeen Women’s Clinic in Freetown. Clearly, Sophie is quite keen on the American brand and we can see why.

Ah, we love a royal tour with substance and sartorial surprises.


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