Fashion Icons of Racing Season

Spring is on it’s way (although it has suddenly gone cold again, but I saw Daffodils in the supermarket today and that is a sign that brighter days are just around the corner.) With the arrival of Spring it will soon be time for ladies day season, as the big horse racing events arrive and are circled on the calendar. Ladies Day’s bring an opportunity to wear a beautiful dress, a rather ostentatious hat and have a little bit of sporting fun.

From the Cheltenham Gold Cup, to the Grand National, from Glorious Goodwood and the Derby, and of course, not forgetting Royal Ascot and it’s rather strict dress rules, the most famous racing events on the sporting calendar attract the most glamorous of race goers. Moreover, these days you don’t actually have to attend the actual racing to be part of the Ladies Day parade. Many hotels and venues now hold their own ladies day events. You can enjoy all the fun, the dressing up and the champagne and canapes, all in plush surroundings, and, of course you can still enjoy the thrill of a gamble and bet on ladies day horses at the Cheltenham 2016 festival.

The reason I mention Cheltenham is that this is the first ladies day that is coming up in 2016, taking place on March 2016, offering the best in jump racing and the first opportunity for dressing up.  If you are planning on attending, and have been looking for some style inspiration, then I have put together a few of my favourite ladies who always seem to get it right when it comes to looking fabulous on race days.

Katherine Jenkins

When it comes to perfect dressing for Ladies Day, you would have to look long and hard to beat the always beautiful Katherine Jenkins. The opera singer is an ever present at Royal Ascot, and uses colour wonderfully to ensure that she attracts attention for all the right reasons.  I also love her choice of hats, which always perfectly compliment her choice of dress. Katherine has an old school glamour, sort of like a modern day Veronica Lake, and her style is impeccably glamorous.

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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey is one of my style icons, and, although not a regular on the Ladies Day circuit, when she does attend she channels the style of a modern day Grace Kelly, which can only be a winner. Check out her mint green dress teamed with a nude hat, simple, elegant and totally timeless. In this look she could never be anything less than first past the post. Keep your eyes open for Laura killing it at London Fashion Week next week, and you can check out more of her style on my pinterest board here.

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Miranda Kerr

If you want to keep away from the pretty pastal shades and prom style dresses, you could take inspiration from the gorgeous Miranda Kerr. Her race day style is ultra modern, short and flirty, she has even taken a little black dress that makes her look like a glamorous widow and has made it a race day winner. Miranda thinks outside the box for Ladies Day, and it totally works.

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Do you have any plans for  attending a Ladies Day event this year?

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.

 

Celebrity Style ‘Get the Look’ – Bumper Edition

It’s that time again when I show you a few simple ways to add star style to your wardrobe. This could be in the actual item that has been worn by a celebrity, or in an outfit styled to resemble a celebrity look. With so many stylish celebrity fashionista’s opting for High Street looks, it has never been easier to get a little bit of star style in your wardrobe.

Look 1 Jessica Alba in French Connection

Jessica looked super cool in the Corinna crepe jacket from French Connection, which she teamed with pale blue jeans, for a sharp, casual look. You could add a pair of low-rise jeans from New Look to complete your look.

Connie Crepe Jacket £155.00 

 

High Rise Light Denim Flare Jeans £27.99

Katy Perry and Jess Wright wearing Love

Katy Perry is the latest celebrity in ‘Love’. Of course that is not a comment about her personal life but one concerning her wardrobe. Katy was spotted wearing this very pretty coral flower dress, which has been rushed back in thanks to Katy’s patronage.

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Another celeb In Love with’ Love’ is TOWIE star Jess Wright. She was spotted wearing the raspberry asymmetrical maxi dress that had previously been worn by Lydia Bright. These dresses are super popular at the moment, with Una Healy and Cheska Hull amongst other starlets who have been seen wearing them. They are a great holiday buy, you can dress them up for an evening with heels, and dress them down for daytime wear by adding wedges like Jess.

LOVE Berry Asymmetrical Maxi Dress

 Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Cavallari wearing Isabella Oliver

It’s never been easier to be stylish during pregnancy. Maternity über label Isabella Oliver is a huge favourite of a-list moms to be for its simple, but oh so stylish looks. Two ladies who have recently opted for Isabella Oliver stretch black dresses are Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Cavallari, who were both spotted wearing the maternity ruched tank dress. Another item that can be dressed up and dressed down, Reese looked super chic in all black, whilst Kirsten added a more casual denim jacket for a great daytime look.

Ruched Tank Dress £95.00 Now From £66.00 

Olivia Palermo Styling at Boohoo

Boohoo have some great items at the moment which can help you achieve Olivia Palermo’s ever groomed look. As ever, the prices are amazing – real bargains that mean you can give yourself a midweek treat rather than having to wait until payday.

Sammy Retro Striped Sunglasses 

Kylie Butterfly Print Batwing Blouse £15 

Savana Lazer Cut Detail Structured Shopper £28 

Jenny Dolly Mixture Pintuck Shorts 38 

Jeniffer Leopard Block Heeled Ballet Pump 

Katherine Jenkins in Ted Baker

Katherine Jenkins is a bit of a throwback to a time when woman always looked glamorous, and recently she has adopted a 1950s goddess style look, complete with Marilyn Monroe hair. This pretty 1950sesque dress from Ted Baker is another retro look, a bit of a candy striped prom dress that has a very timeless quality.

ILVA – Printed dress – £159