The impeccably dressed woman at the races always wins - even when she isn't betting. From her head down to her toes, no item is out of place or out of style. But how can you do it without seeming like you've put too much thought into it? How can you exude the same sort of chic and stylish effect, especially when you have to walk across the lawn in your heels or watch the races when the weather is not behaving itself? Easy. Read these five head-to-toe fashion tips, add your own fabulous flair, and soon enough, you'll be looking like fashion royalty.
1. Start with the dress. Heading to the races, whether its spring or autumn, is one of the few times you can really dress to the nines. Since its autumn, you'll want to be properly - but not totally - covered-up. Think tailored jackets with details and knee-length pencil skirts if you'd rather not put on a wrap over a dress. Think luxurious fabrics like wool and go for autumn shades. Reserve the bright hues and girly pastels for the summer races. When you're headed for Derby Day, black and white is the order of the day. Consider bold stripes this year and your make-up can be a bit more pronounced to present a really striking figure.
2. Put on the right hat. This means bucking the trend and just wearing what feels naturally right for you and your sense of style. Most women who want to know how to dress for the races usually look to women wearing outlandish and definitely interesting pieces from milliners, but your personality and style might not be comfortable with such an eye-catching piece. Go instead for hats and head-pieces that complement rather than overpower the dress you've chosen. Emulate others style of having a cloche hat to match your tailored dress. For autumn, felt hats are most definitely in!
3. Wear jewellery… but to a minimum. Choose vintage over statement necklaces. Go for charming earrings, an eye-catching brooch or a fabulously cut ring. Consider a studded bracelet or an elegant watch to complete your look.
4. Keep warm with gloves. Much like hats and head-pieces, gloves are part of your autumn race-day essentials. Gloves can really enhance the effect of your outfit. Leather, dark gloves with cut-outs (fingerless, if you prefer) add a bit of edge. Lace gloves are probably a bit too '80s for the races.
5. Walk in comfortable but sexy shoes. Go for seductive pumps, peep-toe heels, or edgy ankle boots. To make sure you'll be comfortable strutting in your shoes all day, break them in before the races. And, if you have a stiletto heel, don't forget to attach heel protectors so you don't go sinking in the dirt and ruin your shoes.
you can shed self-consciousness, let go of all inhibitions and just have a fun day! No more wobbling, sinking, stumbling, falling or getting stuck in grooves. Leave the fashion on the field competition looking just as good as when you arrived!