Occasion wear at Quiz Clothing

Yesterday I received my first invitation to an event that I describe as part of  summer season. It is for a ladies day lunch and seasonal style and fashion show and is being hosted at Birmingham’s Botanical gardens, and will call for a knockout dress. This invite is sure to be followed by invites to ‘Ladies Day’ events at the races and the tennis, any number of wedding invites and generally for events that call for occasion wear. So the question is, what to wear?

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Ladies Day Aegon Classic

Ladies Day Aegon Classic

Summer wedding at Chelsea Register Office

Summer wedding at Chelsea Register Office

Ladies Day Wolverhampton Races

Ladies Day Wolverhampton Races

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I have a few go-to shops when it comes to occasion wear, but have recently discovered a new one. Quiz Clothing have recently launched a new line of occasion wear just in time for Summer 2016 and it is full of exquisite dresses that should take you to any special event this Summer. These dresses range from full length gowns that would be suitable for proms or to wear as bridesmaid or Maid of Honour dresses, to shorter gowns that would be lovely for Regatta’s, race days or if you are a wedding guest.

There are dresses that tie in with so many of the key trends we are seeing for Summer. Floral prints are a big style story, and Quiz has these in bold and pastel colourways. Bardot sleeves are also a key trend, and these are well represented by the range too. I love the fact that the colours in the collection are so varied – whether you want something soft and romantic, a classic little black dress, or something in a bold shade, you should be able to find just what you are looking for here.

Are you attending any special occasions this summer that call for a very special dress? Where is your go-to store for Occasion wear?

Occasion Wear at Quiz Clothing

Mocha Chiffon V Neck Detachable Cape Maxi Dress

Mocha Chiffon V Neck Detachable Cape Maxi Dress

Cream And Red Flower Print Bardot Dip Hem Dress

Cream And Red Flower Print Bardot Dip Hem Dress

White Satin Flower Print Prom Dress

White Satin Flower Print Prom Dress

Champagne Sequin Cap Sleeve Satin Dress

Champagne Sequin Cap Sleeve Satin Dress

Navy Chiffon Diamante Neck Maxi Dress

Navy Chiffon Diamante Neck Maxi Dress

Black And Gold Embroidered Mesh Chiffon Maxi Dress

Black And Gold Embroidered Mesh Chiffon Maxi Dress

Navy And Coral Flower Print Bardot Dress

Navy And Coral Flower Print Bardot Dress

Red Ribbed Asymmetrical Hem Dress

Red Ribbed Asymmetrical Hem Dress

 

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?

Ladies at the races

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It is nice every once in a while to treat yourself, without the little ones, and spend some quality time with your friends.  So how about a day at the races?  This is the one time you can have the whole day to yourself, getting fully dressed up and sipping champagne, whilst soaking in the atmosphere and having a little flutter.

Or how about having a family day out at the races, on family days?  Not only are you having to think about what you’re going to wear, but there’s also factors such as how you’re going to get there, and where are the best places to stay.

‘Just girls’ day

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Fashion at the races is all important.  You want to create that right look but need some inspiration.  Dress codes at race tracks usually advise that you dress as you would if you were going to a wedding.  You can get ideas on the formal dress you are looking for, to express your desired look.  Many ladies enjoy wearing hats, which range from the simple design to the flamboyant, which you can pick up at local department stores, or have specially made by a milliner.  Shoes come in a range of shapes and colours, and can be easily found online to compliment your outfit.  Handbags and the right jewellery are the accessories which can finish off your race outfit perfectly.

Once you’re dressed up and at the races there are tips to bet on straight from the horse’s mouth.  Coral has information on race days, and the horses which will be running.  Also different racecourse websites offer advice to picking that winning horse, such as Cheltenham’s tips.  Things to look out for when placing your bet are aspects like if the horse has had any previous wins, the horse’s age and weight, it’s top speed ratings, and its latest betting odds.  Handy tips to picking your horse are found easily on various websites, and information is also available at the racecourse itself.

A family day

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Family days at the races include extra activities to keep your cherubs entertained throughout the day, from an appearance of their favourite children’s characters, bouncy castles, to interactive racing zones.  Whether you live close to a racecourse or are travelling, racecourse websites advise you as where to drive in and park onsite, or local bus and rail information, with many places offering shuttle buses taking you directly to the course, from the nearest stations and town centres.

If you are travelling you also might consider making a night of it, and staying in local accommodation.  Whatever your requirements you might want to splash out on a lavish hotel, to an affordable boutique bed and breakfast, or stay in local flats and rooms.  However you wish to spend it, a day out at the races is a way of having fun with your friends or entertaining your family.