It’s that time of year again, time to get excited, despair, get excited, despair…. Obviously mostly get excited, as it involves dresses, hats, shoes and bags! We are going to Ladies’ Day at the races and even though the picnic and the fizz are important, let’s not beat about the bush: first and foremost we want to look fab!
You might already have your eyes set on an amazing Polo Ralph Lauren little lace number, which would be a show-stopper if the weather was cooperative. We already know it’s not, and if it’s wet, cold and windy your money probably would be better spent on a Max Mara coat.
If these designers are out in your price range, which in my case they are, don’t worry too much. Most high-street brands can offer sufficient options in great dresses and coats. Personally I would spend my money on a fab hat, a quality handbag and great shoes. All of these will be worn, and more importantly all of these will be seen, whatever the weather decides to do on the day.
There are plenty of websites offering a vast selection of hats and fascinators so there should be something for everybody. Whatever you choose, though, make sure you are comfortable. It should not only look great, but it must fit you perfectly – and remember, when you choose to wear a hat there is no way back: Ladies’ Day is not the place to be seen with hat-hair.
DON’T pick the hat first (nor the shoes for that matter). The dress should be the base of your outfit. You then add the shoes, bag and head-piece.
You want to look elegant and stylish. A miniskirt or a strapless dress is a no unless you’re going to Aintree (in which case it’s a must). At some races there will be a dress code, so it might be an idea to check that out first.
When choosing your dress, go for a shift dress, not shorter than just above the knee and a good fit. As with the hat (and shoes) it’s important to be comfortable – it can be a long day – and bear in mind the unpredictable weather, so include a cardigan and/or a jacket/coat for layering. If the dress is simple you might want to put a bit of glitz or pattern on the jacket, shoes or hat.
It is always tempting to go for killer heels when dressing for an occasion like this, but remember you’re likely to be standing for a long time and the ground can be soft, so rather than wearing stilettoes, a block heel or wedges will be the sturdier and more comfortable pick. You should still be able to find a great collection, wheather you go high-street or designer.
To finish it all off, matching nails and lipstick always looks good; then add some fab designer sun glasses and you are ready to go!
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