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Emma Shacklock

Duchess Sophie's voluminous bob and oversized blazer is a 30th birthday outfit that stood the test of time

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh attends a service to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS at Westminster Abbey on July 5, 2023 in London, England.

Duchess Sophie's voluminous bob and chic oversized blazer is a 30th birthday outfit that’s stood the test of time and is still right on-trend.

Nowadays we rarely see members of the Royal Family stepping out on their birthday - at least not for anything other than a special appearance or engagement. However, Duchess Sophie’s 30th birthday look in 1995 for a typical work day in London is one that’s not only been captured in stunning photos but has really stood the test of time. By now many of us might be aching to put away our best puffer jackets and embrace something new ready for spring and the Duchess of Edinburgh showcased still-on-trend oversized blazers and bob haircuts at their best. 

Duchess Sophie has had a fair few short bob hairstyles in her time but this one in January 1995 was especially short and parted to the side. Shaped around her face, the side of Duchess Sophie’s bob was wonderfully voluminous. 

(Image credit: Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The senior royal is best known in recent years for her bright blonde locks, but back then her hair was a darker blonde-brown shade. The cut was very of-it’s-time, but bob hairstyles are still as popular now and the French bob that is everywhere for 2024 has the same chin-length.

Although Duchess Sophie didn’t opt for a fringe like many celebrities today are doing with the French bob look, the side parting did create the cascading look of a side fringe. This more blunt haircut was the perfect match for Duchess Sophie’s 30th birthday outfit which is also incredibly on-trend for 2024. 

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The masculine, tailored design of her checked grey oversized blazer is something we frequently see in designs being sold on the high-street right now and it’s also typical of the kinds of jackets worn by Duchess Sophie’s sister-in-law Princess Anne, who’s inspired a new Fendi menswear collection. The Duchess of Edinburgh’s jacket had a boxy cut, tortoiseshell buttons and a double breasted design, giving a real power dressing feel to the look. 

As she was photographed on her way to work before she became a senior royal, it’s hardly surprising that she opted for a more formal style of jacket. However, this would look just as beautiful worn more casually with jeans, or with suit trousers for a bold evening outfit.

(Image credit: Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Duchess Sophie wore hers with a classic white roll neck jumper, black ankle-grazing trousers and black leather boots. She accessorised by layering with gold chain necklaces and added a chestnut crossbody bag to add a splash of colour.

The neutral colour palette allowed the structured blazer to do all the talking - alongside her equally stand-out hairstyle. Beaming as she held a bunch of flowers, Duchess Sophie looked relaxed and happy on her 30th birthday and whilst the joyful occasion was in 1995 we can easily imagine her wearing something similar in 2024.

(Image credit: Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Her love of blazers has certainly not faded away in the years that have passed since then as she’s often seen wearing them to everything from the Royal Windsor Horse Show to her visit to Shallowford Farm in 2022.

Sadly, it does seem like the days of Duchess Sophie’s super short bob are behind her as she’s consistently had collar-bone length hair for some time now. This won’t stop us hoping she might be tempted to recreate one of the best short hairstyles for women over 50 and put a new twist on her former haircut.

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