The World Cup may be getting the lion's share of sports fans' attention right now, but let's not forget about Wimbledon! The infamously-posh tennis event is still as fab as ever, no matter how perfectly groomed Cristiano Ronaldo's eyebrows are (or how much the US team is exceeding expectations — I'm personally still in awe after Clint Dempsey's pelvic thrust goal in the US/Portugal game on Sunday).
Let's not forget that on the other side of the pond, athletes of a different tenor are also facing each other in hotly-anticipated matches to the death, and people are getting very well-dressed just to watch; British Royalty (of the literal, metaphorical, and fictional variety, respectively) are coming out of the woodwork in quite the ensembles.
Everyone from your favorite Downton Abbey stars to the British fashion elite to actual royalty has made an appearance so far — so in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship, let's take a look at their respective fashion choices and rank them by a carefully-devised system measuring their sense of style, poise, and panache. Okay, so maybe there's no fashion sense scoring system (yet), but I can still make some opinion-based qualitative assessments, right?
Let's take a look:
5. Michelle Dockery
Michelle Dockery has done her on-screen alter ego Lady Mary very proud so far this week. She looked nothing short of her fictitious noble status in a pale pink shirt dress paired with a navy blazer-coat. And let's not forget that she's posing with Richard II (AKA Ben Whishaw).
4. Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie (and bonus Michelle Dockery, making a second incidental appearance on this list) looked the height of chic in a black v-neck minidress and ultra-glam sunnies. How can Christie be so glamorous off-screen and so badass on? (I still can't get over her brawl with the Hound in the Thrones finale). It's not fair; share some of your awesomeness with the rest of us!
3. Pippa Middleton
Okay, it's official: Michelle Dockery is everywhere. That said, Pippa looks amazing in her graphic black and white sheath dress, white jacket (perfect for the venue), and on-trend round-shaped sunglasses. But where's her sister, the unofficial queen of Wimbledon/future queen consort?
2. Laura Carmichael
Dockery may have dressed as befit her character's class, but on-screen sister/rival Laura Carmichael out-did her by wearing a summer dress that far outstrips the vast majority of Lady Edith's wardrobe (with the possible exception of her ill-fated season 3 wedding dress). The print is fun and perfect for summer, and everything from her laidback 'do to her polished footwear make this look a win.
1. Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer just about killed the entire Game of Thrones with her adorability factor in romantic pink and red Temperley London frock. The cutting-edge Margaery might not have been impressed, but I sure was — I don't think there's anyone out there who could carry a pink handbag with that much charm and aplomb.