Fashion for a day at the races has run a similar theme for many years, with classic looks being key. On Sunday 10th May 2015 ‘Ladies Day’ comes to one of the UK’s most compact and picturesque racecourses, Plumpton. With a ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition on the cards, Plumpton is encouraging ladies to push the boat out this year with the aim to dazzle!
If you've never attended a Ladies Day at the races before, or even if you have but want a few expert tips for creating the perfect Ladies Day ensemble, Allison Blake, of Plumpton Racecourse, offers the following advice for a perfect ladies day outfit. Just remember to leave enough room in your suitcase.
Dresses to impress
Tulle and chiffon are very popular fabrics for dresses this spring/summer season, so think floaty layers that create ultra-feminine ballerina silhouettes. Go for sugary, pastel pinks and lilacs, shot with stronger hues, as seen on the catwalks of Burberry.
For something more structured, look for off-the-shoulder, cut-to-fit styles, in non-stretchy fabrics for an empowering and sleek appearance. For this style of dress, opt for an on-trend 1970s flower power print or cool and classic cream a la Balenciaga.
Staying warm and stylish
The month of May in the UK can be chilly, so if the weather doesn’t look perfect, make sure you do with a stylish spring jacket. If you have chosen to wear a feminine pastel dress, opt for a gorgeous cream or pale tan tailored leather jacket with three quarter sleeves. However, for a bolder dress, keep it striking but plain and choose something fitted and mid-length for elegance.
Give your head the WOW factor
Depending on your preferences, head attire can consist of a fascinator, hat or clip, but the more ostentatious the better! Where else would you get the opportunity to wear something so flamboyant, with past hats at racecourses including a giant red rose, Big Ben, an ice cream cone or a bird’s nest complete with bird and eggs?! If you’re not feeling that brave, opt for a classic ‘hatinator’ which is a fascinator and hat hybrid and usually worn to the side, often including feathers or flowers.
However you choose to dress, pull off your style with panache and confidence!
Gates open at 11.30am and the first race kicks off at 2.00pm. Visit Plumpton racecourse or call the Racecourse Office on 01273 890383.
Published 19th March 2015
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