With racing season just around the corner, it’s time to get your outfit under starters orders. Grab yourself a Pimms and turn your attention to spring summers latest looks ready for Ladies Day dress codes. Here are my top tips on what to wear for a day at the races. Make sure you…
Consider the lovely English weather – Getting caught out without an umbrella or a pashmina will leave you wet, cold and downright miserable. Make sure you avoid the drowned rat, frizzy hair, spoilt day by checking the weather conditions. Being prepared for the English climate will mean your experience of one of the social calendar’s best events will not be tainted.
Always read the dress code – Certain sections of the races such as the Royal Enclosure at Ascot require a specific dress code and they reserve the right to turn guests away if they don’t abide by it. You may think it rather dated but it’s what makes it so quintessentially English and classical.
Wear a hat – What better way to make a fashion statement than at the races! Even if your dress code doesn’t necessarily state to wear one, it adds to the occasion. If you don’t feel comfortable going with the full works then opt for a fabulous fascinator.
Wear light summery colours – The main races take place in June so wearing dark wintery colours are not really appropriate for summer attire. So why not brighten your mood by wearing either bright colours, pretty pastels or daring prints which are all bang on trend for Spring/Summer 2012.
Wear your shoes in if they are new – You will be on your feet for a lot of the day so you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible, there is nothing worse than sore feet! If you have bought a new pair of shoes especially for the races, make sure you wear them around the house first and break them in. Even if it means looking rather glam whilst doing the ironing in them!
Get a spray tan done a day or two before the race – For the best results get your tan done late afternoon/early evening, sleep in it then wash it off in the morning. By keeping it on for a good 12 hours you will get a good deep and solid colour, depending upon the depth of colour you are after have it done either one or two days before the race. I like to have mine done a couple of days before so that the really dark mahogany has faded slightly and left me a lovely golden glow. I also do it so that not too much rubs off and stains your clothes, especially if you are wearing lighter colours.
Wash your hair the night before if you are styling it – Many hairdressers say that freshly washed hair is harder to pin up and style because it is too soft. If you are wearing it down then by all means wash it in the morning and keep your rollers in for the journey all the way there, keeping your hair full and bouncy for longer. Just make sure you don’t forget to take them out before you step out the car!
Always keep to a winning streak – Celebrate your wins with champagne. Commiserate your losses with champagne. Make up your mind with champagne. I always think a theme helps!
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Wear the highest, strappiest and most impractical shoes you own – You may want to look your best, tallest and slimmest but trotting around in back-breaking high heels all day long will leave your feet in a state and can ruin your fun. As I said before, there is nothing worse than sore feet! Additionally thin heels may sink in the ground if you are walking on grassy areas. Opt for a slightly chunkier heel or wedge. Alternatively get a big strong man to carry you over the soft ground!
Reveal any underwear or the dreaded VPL – As I always say your underwear is one of the most important things to consider and should always be the starting point. Having the right underwear is so important, it provides the foundation upon which your entire style and appearance is based upon. It is where the start of looking and feeling good all begins. Make sure to plan your underwear for your outfit. Additionally, race day fashion etiquette is to make sure your bra or bodice doesn’t show. Including my pet hate of clear plastic straps! They are not invisible and can still be seen! Try the ultimate strapless by Wonderbra, its fabulous at keeping you up and in place.
Wear a mini-dress, sparkles, diamante or too many sequins – Remember this is not a big fat gypsy wedding but a daytime event, so leave the shortness, bling and beads for eveningwear.
Choose an ultra-fashionable on-trend dress that you have never experimented with before – My job is to take ladies out of their comfort zone and show them an alternative to their usual look or style. However in this instance I would advise to stick to what you feel comfortable in. Just make sure that your chosen dress suits your body shape and is ultra-flattering rather than just because it is the latest look or trend. You need to feel look and feel fantastic so you can hit the races with tons of confidence. However if you express your personality through what you wear then go for it and be as extravagant as is deemed acceptable.