If you are a fan of horse racing, one of your biggest style challenges of the summer could be how to dress for the races. Horse racing has a huge following in the UK and around the world and race days are often a big event and the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in your best clothes. But as with any big event choosing how to dress for the races can present a bit of a dilemma. First of all you need to ensure that you follow the correct etiquette, secondly and obviously, you will want to look incredibly stylish and thirdly you will need to think about the practicalities of what you wear.
The etiquette and dress code for race day will depend on a number of factors including which race course and which race day you are attending and also which type of ticket you have. Some parts of the race course allow for much more casual dress, whilst others have a strict dress code. If you are attending ladies day or another special event the dress code will be more formal and require a smart ladies day dress and perhaps a hat or fascinator. Other meets may be much less formal. If you are unsure, you can usually find full details of the dress codes for the date and course that you are visiting on their website.
As ladies day is usually the biggest event in the racing calendar, it is a great time to make a bit of an effort with your outfit. Everyone usually gets dressed up in a ladies day dress or suit and you will see plenty of hats. At Ascot, it is particularly formal and ladies go out of their way to wear the biggest and most noticeable hats.
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Tea length dresses look great for the races as they are elegant and stylish without revealing too much leg. A beautiful shift dress is also another great choice which is both flattering to most figures and very classic. If you are on a budget, a maxi dress on sale is the ideal way to look well dressed and stylish without spending too much money.
The final consideration when considering how to get dressed for the races is your comfort. Race courses can be windy and depending on your ticket you could well be standing up outside for some or part of the day. If it is a windy day, think carefully about hats, fascinators and long floaty skirts, which could become a hindrance. A shift dress is probably the easiest style of dress to wear in these conditions. Add a jacket or shrug to keep you warm. Depending on the race course and your ticket, you may also be stood on grass, so consider wearing a wedge heel rather than a stiletto that will sink into the ground.
This week we saw seasons change, not only meteorologically but also from a fashion stand point too, and such is the ying and yang of life, that whilst one may feel a cold shiver at the impending prospect of yet another dreary Autumn, this is completely offset by the warm glow of excitement and anticipation that such a change can only mean that a new AW11 season of spectacular fashion has arrived for us girls!
Believe me when I say that this AW11 season is truly something become excited about too, as it seems that over the past year or so the general interest in vintage clothing has taken a foothold in the fashion conciousness of the nation, but this is the season it goes totally main stream… with the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs all featuring glamorous vintage inspired collections inspired by the mid 20th century.
A Vintage performance For Boohoo
Boohoo of course are no slouches when it comes to reflecting the catwalks trends of the season, and as usual have completely nailed AW11 key vintage clothing looks complete with their own spin in their newly launch collection. At their recent press launch they allowed the fashion journalists and bloggers (including yours truly) loose on the collection before it hit the online store and we were all suitably impressed with the stunning collections all with their genesis firmly routed in the eras common to the vintage clothing influence of 1940’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
Classic Styling With A Twist
So what of the Boohoo vintage clothing collections? Below we’ve highlight three of the collections that we predict to be the biggest hits for boohoo this season. In these themes, Boohoo draws inspiration from three distinct eras, but add their own modern twist to make them uniquely Boohoo.
The 60’s pop collection draws on the time when twiggy was at the height of her (1st) modelling career, everything was mini, including the skirts, dresses and at the car of course, sloping shoulders, bracelet sleeves and beehive hair doos were all the fashion, and will be again this season.
70’s country is a an eclectic mix of California hippy influenced casual meets hedonistic Studio 54, with maybe a little glam thrown in, mixed with a smidgin of Purdy and the quintessential 70’s pussy bow blouse (Remember The New Avengers anyone?).
Finally, for Vintage Emporium think Fur Stoles, pencil skirts and cinching waist belts thinner than your index finger. These were the days of 1940’s and despite rationing and shortages the fashion was exuberant, outgoing and ever so slightly outrageous, and will surely turn some heads on the high street on a Saturday afternoon!
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