An evening at the races – a few styling tips

A few months ago I received a very exciting invitation – would I like to be a judge at the Wolverhampton Races Ladies Evening event taking place at Dunstall Park on September 6th. I must admit I felt really honoured to be asked, and under a little bit of pressure to sort my own outfit. The role of judge is to help pick the best dressed, to find the best hat on display, and to see who could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money in the best shoe department. My outfit is now sorted (a gorgeous Gina Bacconi dress that will be showcased on the blog next week), but I’ve been asked to share a few of my tips for getting your outfit right for an evening at the races.

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And we’re off!

First Tip – Colour!

If you really want to get noticed at the races, wearing a beautiful bright dress is a great way to go. One lady who always seems to look fabulous at race events, from Royal Ascot to the Derby and Goodwood, is the stunning soprano Katherine Jenkins.  Katherine often opts for a simple, but bright dress that she then tops with a truly great hat for a look that is chic and eye-catching. Coleen Rooney and Samantha Barks are ladies who also channel this look really well.

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Tip 2 – But Black and White is alright too.

One of the most iconic race day outfits of all time was the one created by Cecil Beaton, and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. This stunning monochrome masterpiece made black and white perfect Ladies Day wear, and the look is one that appears again and again. Nicole Kidman paid homage to Audrey just last year at the Australian Derby Day.

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Tip 3 – Don’t forget the hat.

Ladies race events are one of the few occasions where you can rock a seriously big hat without looking too ostentatious (or silly, delete as applicable.) A gorgeous hat can be teamed with a simple dress for the ultimate in chic outfits. I think neat pillbox styles look best on shorter hairstyles, and a veil can add a touch of glamorous mystery – just look how amazing Thandie Newton looks in vintage style. But don’t worry if a hat isn’t your thing. Delta Goodrum looked stunning in her floral head-dress, and Kate and Pippa Middleton are twin queens of the fascinator.

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The Final Tip is all about those shoes…

My tip about shoes is simple. Wear them as high as you can, but make sure you can actually walk in them. Falling off your heels never looks glamorous, unless you’re Naomi Campbell, and the last thing you want to be on your special night is what Stanford Blatch described as ‘fashion roadkill’. That said, if there was ever an occasion to break out the Louboutins, it’s this one.

For ticket information about The Tile Choice Ladies evening, visit the Wolverhampton Racecourse Website here.

 

Accessorize – Hot picks for cold days

My gggggoooodddness it’s cold! (That was my teeth chattering by the way). We are expecting all sorts of snow, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in the next few days. It’s enough to make you want to hibernate for the rest of winter. But, fear not, it’s not all bad news, especially on the fashion front.

Accessorize have so many products that are just perfect for the really cold weather in their appropriately named winter shop, these are the sort of accessories that are both cute (check out those earmuffs), and stylish (what could look more fabulous against a black coat than a leopard print brolly.) The Winter shop shows that cold weather and Arctic conditions do not mean that you need to forego your usual stylish looks, you may just need to add a little extra warmth to it.

But it is not all doom and gloom in the climate stakes. January is the turn of the year, the time we start to look forward to warmer days, to flowers and spring. And, with that in mind, Accessorize are also looking towards new season style, and the great thing is, because we are talking accessories, these are things you can’t start using and wearing right now, My eye is on the gorgeous coral, colour pop clutch bag – this would look so fantastic with a LBD.

Wavy Knit Ribbed Beanie £17.00 click to visit Accessorize

Luxe Fur Cuff Leather Glove £28.00 click to visit Accessorize

Leopard Spot Superslim £16.00 click to visit Accessorize

Plush Faux Fur Ear Muff £16.00 click to visit Accessorize

Turnover Cuff Long Pom Pom Wellies Was £28.00 | Now £14.00 click to visit Accessorize

Anna Scallop Edge Ballerinas £32.00 click to visit Accessorize

Lizzie Day Bag £30.00 click to visit Accessorize

Sayuri Statement Necklace £19.00 click to visit Accessorize

Rectangular PU Clutch £35.00 click to visit Accessorize

Bumper Fashion Winter Warmers

Remember, Remember the 5th of November. There will be sparklers, there will be a fire, there will be fireworks, and it is sure to be cold. Whether you are heading to a fireworks display this week or next, or whether you just plan to spend every Saturday between now and Christmas doing a Christmas market of some sort, or whether you just enjoy lovely walks on crisp winter days, you get to get wrapped up snug because it is going to be cold.

But getting wrapped up means we get chance to layer all those gorgeous winter woolens. From thick chunky knits to cute bobble hats, stylish and comfortable boots and glamorous full length coats, there are just so many great ways to look great and stay warm this winter. I’ve been hunting online for some of the best buys for you to add to your winter wardrobe, and here are some of my favourites. These will take you right the way through winter, even if we get a blast from the big chill.

Evans

Evans Black Sequin Jumper Price: £37.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Cream Stepped Hem Jumper Price: £35.00 click to visit evans

Evans Red Foil Detail Jumper Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Offer

Up to 30% off all knitwear until 5th November, click here to visit Evans.

 Liberty

Barbour Mustard Bella Bobble Hat £22.00 click to visit Liberty

Sessùn Burgundy Julie and Candy Roussillon Coat £235.00 click to visit Liberty

Barbour Red Melrose Lambswool Scarf £50.00 click to visit Liberty

Johnstons Grey Cable Knit Cashmere Wrist Warmers £40.00 click to visit Liberty

White Stuff

HEIRLOOM KNIT CARDI £65.00 White Stuff

LETTERS JUMPER £49.95 click to visit White Stuff

STORMY SEA KNIT £55.00 click to visit White Stuff

Laura Ashley

Tweed Wool Mix Duffle Coat £82.50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Crepe Funnel Neck Gold Buttoned Coat £97.50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley Offer

25% off all Coats & Jackets
Dates: Wed 31st Oct-Sun 4th Nov

Click here to visit Laura Ashley

Selfridges

FOREVER UNIQUE Rocket jumper £85 click Selfridges

FOREVER UNIQUE Bowie jumper £85 click to visit Selfridges

OASIS Faux-shearling cardigan £60 click to visit Selfridges

MULBERRY Tiger-print fingerless gloves £95 click to visit Selfridges

 Boohoo

Donna Triple Bow Glove £10 click to visit Boohoo

Harmony Navy Pom Pom Scarf £20 click to visit Boohoo

Lara Wool Mix Trilby £14 click to visit Boohoo

Clarks

Nessa Clare £99.99 click to visit Clarks

Laine Coniston £69.99 click to visit Clarks

Camelia Crown £49.99 click to visit Clarks