Whether you are going to Royal Ascot or the Cheltenham Festival, preparing for Ladies Day is a must! I have never been before but I’m going this year and I am panicking – what do I wear? So research began…first off I googled what to wear at the races and gained some inspiration from that. Then I spoke to some of my friends who have been before. It seems, ladies, that it is the perfect opportunity to put together your best outfit! Your favourite dress, designer heels and hat are the perfect combination.
The races are the ideal place to glam up and really look sophisticated. However – do not panic if that pair of Jimmy Choos is still on the shelf in Selfridge’s! Our advice is to buy one statement piece and work the rest of your outfit around it using items you’ve bought on the high street. After all, if you’ve splashed out on a gorgeous dress or pair of shoes, as long as you keep the rest of it plain and your accessories classy, that it what people will be looking at! Biba for House of Fraser have some fantastic summery pieces in at the moment that are still fairly affordable, but will knock everyone’s socks off!
How strict the dress code is for the races does depend on which enclosures you will be entering, however, in general it is smart dress code for both men and women. A lot of walking takes place at the races so there is also a potential issue with your heels and comfort – yes you want to wear your best heels, however, all of us know that sometimes beauty equals pain when wearing your favourite shoes! More to the point, we all know someone (Camilla!) who wore a silver pair of designer sandals to the races and completely ruined them by sinking into the mud all day! Luckily, this season’s trend in footwear is on our side! Architectural shapes are in fashion, so it’s either block heels or flat sandals on the shopping list. Phew!
Another vital aspect when considering your outfit is of course the weather forecast! For the races that occur in the spring/summer time, we always hope for a pleasant day, however, when considering the Cheltenham Races in March for example the weather could do anything! So keeping on top of the forecast around the event is vital, because it will have to be taken into account when choosing your outfit! We recommend teaming a feminine blazer with your dress for that all important warmth factor!
The races are such a huge date on the calendar, whichever one you choose to attend, so having somewhere stylish to stay afterwards is a must! That way, you won’t have to worry about getting home in your heels after a long day and you can plan to go for a meal afterwards – hopefully to spend your winnings! If you are attending the Cheltenham Festival, then Cheltenham has a wealth of places to eat, but one of our favourites for a truly special meal is Le Champignon Sauvage. Our recommendation for a classy glass of wine afterwards is definitely John Gordons Wine Bar in Montpellier – bags of character and in a great location!
The Eventful stays Preparation for Ladies Day Check List:
- Hat or Fascinator (although hats are back in, we hear!)
- Book accommodation.
- Book a restaurant
Time to go shopping….