What To Wear To The Races
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most glamorous events on the horse-racing calendar. With spectators already clambering over each other for Cheltenham Festival tips on everything from dark-horse picks to early-bird tickets. Therefore, we thought it was time that someone gave the fashionistas amongst you horse-racing fans some advice about what to wear to this distinguished event. Horse-racing has long, and celebrated, ties with fashion of the statement and bold variety. Barely an event goes past without the tabloids devoting pages to who was the best and worst dressed at the racecourse. So, to make sure that your look is firmly on the right side of the newspaper’s column, here are three classic ‘at the races’ looks to suit every personal style.
Old School Glamour
For those who believe that the height of your heel should only be eclipsed by the size of your hat, old school glamour is the ‘at the races’ look for you. Everyone knows that if you’re going for this luxurious style, only a hat capable of receiving satellite signals will do. If it be a swirling creation adorned with netting or a classic drooping number worn at an angle, a statement hat is the glue that holds an outfit together. If you want a proper statement item, as you have seen on the rich and famous at many a horse-racing event, why not rent a designer item atGetaHeadHats.co.uk? However, if you want a hat to keep, there are numerous cheaper versions available at high-street stores such as Topshop and Zara. Once you have got a head, when it comes to hats, you can focus on the rest of your outfit. A simple but well-fitted dress, ideally concealing the bust and in a pastel shade, is ideal for this classy but seductive look. A sturdy but elegant heel is also deeply recommended, there is nothing like stumbling over a mud-lodged stiletto to ruin an alluring and sophisticated ensemble.
If the notion of having something a bird could nest in sitting on your head doesn’t appeal, why not go all country chic for the occasion. For this look you want to go for simple but quality garments and understated accessories. A pair of skinny jeans and knee-high boots are perfect for this style. Both practical and fashionable, you won’t risk being undone by muddy terrain and will still look trendy. To add some edge to this look, add an oversized or baggy knitted jumper from an old-school designer such as Lyle and Scott. Add to this look a pair of understated sunglasses, such as wayfarers or aviators, and a sturdy but petite leather handbag. When it comes to accessories some subtle studs or an elegant necklace is all you need. This look is about looking casual with a fashionable edge.
This look is ideal for those who love to express themselves through their fashion but within a slightly more experimental context. Statement tailoring is all about the silhouette, so make sure you have a clear idea of what shape you wish to achieve. If you want a more alternative, androgynous vibe then you want an undefined silhouette. So, go for a pair of loose slacks, an oversized vintage men’s jacket and a crisp white shirt. However, if the look you’re going for is more 80′s and flashy, you want an embellished and defined shape. Get yourself a suit-jacket adorned with huge shoulder-pads and preferably in a loud colour like electric-blue. Then, buy yourself a big-belt to define your waist, which will look even slimmer when compared to the broadness of your shoulders. Finish this look off with a pair of statement earrings, preferably huge and looking like their capable of ripping your earlobes clean off, in a metaphorical sense of course.