Sunday, April 17, 2011
With friends in the UK attending the Royal Ascot, I was asked to write a post on what to wear for the races.
So I looked up the dress code on the website and it stated the following: "Her Majesty’s Representative wishes to point out that only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour."
Okay, so whilst this was for the "Royal Enclosure" which I am pretty sure they won't be in (but do correct me if I'm wrong!), I think most of us can take away something from this dress code.
EDIT: They are in the Royal Enclosure - Aussie royalty or what?! Have the best time Jess, Megan and Chloe, and good luck finding a suitable dress.
Living not far from a racecourse myself, I'm accustomed to seeing women stumbling home drunk, their skirts barely covering their backsides and their heels no longer on their feet, but rather slung over their shoulders. Not a good look if you ask me.
I've put together some style tips to ensure that your next day out at the races is a classy one, so listen up!
1. Long sheer-sleeved dresses
I personally adore these types of dresses because they just ooze style. They don't have to be boring - I found this Bettina Liano dress in Myer not long ago and its bright pink colour really makes it pop. Looking back, I wish I'd bought it!
2. Fuller 50s style frocks
Okay. So you don't want to look like some backwards looking conservative, but 50s style dresses are a really fun and flirty way that ensure you won't be tugging down your dress hem all day. You can opt for a traditional floral fabric or just choose plain black - one of the nicest dresses I've ever seen was a plain black full-skirt dress. Very a la Audrey.
3. Lace boleros
Again, don't think that choosing a bolero is going to make you a dag. If you have a bit of tuckshop-mumma arms going on, try and find a lace bolero. Here's one my friends bought me for my birthday last year from Bardot - great to go with going-out dresses, but you can even wear it with jeans for a less-formal occasion.
This fits in with the 50s style dress, but you can really wear gloves with any raceday outfit. Small white ones look great with vintage style dresses whilst long black satin gloves suit a LBD (little black dress for those of you who don't know) and pearls. Just make sure they fit in with the rest of your outfit - you don't want to look like you're supposed to be at a fancy-dress party.
5. And last but definitely not least... don't forget the flats!
Nothing spoils an outfit more than grubby bare-feet, so to make sure you aren't stuck in those blistering heels all day, pack some flats. You can buy some of those fold-up ones from stores like Bloch or GAP so you can fit them in your bag. I even remember those little slip ons called "Jiffies" that I'm sure a lot of you had when you were younger, so if you can find some of them, they definitely look better than nothing.
If you're still struggling to decide on what to wear, take away some tips from these stylish ladies...
Kate Middleton - royal-soon-to-be Kate Middleton really knows how to dress. Who can look past that royal blue dress, tailored blazer and Dior-like hat?
Jackie Onassis - wife of 1960s President John F. Kennedy, Jackie was the epitome of authentic vintage style. Pillbox hats, oversized sunglasses and pearls... she had it all!
Natalie Portman - the petite celebrity exhibits some of the most beautiful dresses. Who can forget the white Givenchy dress? We can only wish we could have one of our own!
Emma Watson - from the bushy-haired Hermione Granger in the first Harry Potter movie, 21-year old Emma Watson (face of Burberry) has become a young style icon for many.
Audrey Hepburn - do I even need to explain this one?
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