How to Dress: For the Races
I've attended the highly-celebrated Spring Racing Carnival back in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia for the past four years, so I'd like to think that when it comes to race-wear, I have a pretty good grasp of what's hot and more importantly - what's so not. With England's Royal Ascot Race Meet kicking off yesterday this is timely post for all those unsure fillies out there scared of ending up looking like Princess Anne or worse... Yikes!
First up, even though things have become a bit more relaxed at Royal Ascot, there are still a number of strict rules racegoers must abide by when it comes to their attire. Here is a full description of the dress code. Today, there is a variety of fashionable options for women such as as this spotted tea dress from River Island (above left, £39.99), fedora-style hat by Simply Devine (above centre, £99) and Faith peep-toe courts (above right, £45). Another gorgeous dress is this one from Next (below right, £59.99) which would look sensational with a black cropped jacket and strappy slingbacks (below left £50). The feather brimmed hat (below centre, £110) adds a splash of colour.
Remember to always dress not only for the occasion but also with the weather in mind. Plan ahead! There is nothing less glamorous than seeing shivering bodies draped in very little trying to walk across a soggy lawn in 10 inch stilettos. Take a jacket or at the very least a brolly. And, if possible try to avoid getting too trollied on champagne, or you could wind up like this! Not a pretty sight... [Kimberley Foster]