“I LOVE THE TOWERING HATS, EXTRAVAGANT FASCINATORS AND DRESS SPECTACULARS BUT TRUTHFULLY, THAT JUST ISN’T FOR ME.”
Ahh the Great, British Races – something that’s become some what of a little tradition here on Style Petal! I’ve been invited every year since I’ve had this little blog, so it wouldn’t feel right to miss out one year! The first year saw Cheltenham races, number two was Ascot and this year we headed to Sandowns with the beauts from Closet London, for a day of pretty dresses and champagne! We were blessed with the most stunning, warm and sunshine filled day!
As much as I love dressing up for formal occasions such as the races, if you’ve read this post, all about masculine dressing, you’ll know that I’m a little bit of a tomboy. Sometimes events can make me feel a little out of place or like I’m not being myself – I love the towering hats, the extravagant fascinators and dress spectaculars that the races brings, but truthfully, that just isn’t for me. So I’m sharing my way of dressing for the races – still traditionally, but also catering for those of you like myself, who just haven’t taken a fancy to fascinators 😉
FOLLOW THE RULES
I know, rules! Every race course and each event at the race course has different rules and dress codes for guests – it’s always super handy to check the website beforehand to get the jist! Some are super relaxed, yet still encouraging people to arrive smartly dressed. (really adds to the atmosphere!) Whilst others are notoriously a little more strict, where you will have to arrive with a head piece and sometimes you can’t even wear dresses that bare your shoulders. I always like to get clued up beforehand, perhaps google previous years and get an idea of the vibe and general dress to spark some ideas! I’m also a total Pinterest Whore (so damn addictive!) and I love to put together inspo boards for occasions for when I’m struggling with ideas and inspiration!
TO HEAD PEICE, OR NOT TO HEAD PEICE?
The previous years I attended the races, I’ve worn fascinators on both occasions (I wore a CRACKING and marvellous one at Ascot – you can see the older post here! It was absolutely incredible and I loved it! But I couldn’t help but feel like it just wasn’t me, as grand as I felt, I also felt out of place and like an imposter. I need to feel comfortable to be confident and by comfortable, I mean feel like myself, staying true to my style, so this year I decided to go sans fascinator in favour for something a little more Blair Waldorf esque 😉
Its worth noting that the Aussie’s do race days SO WELL! Their style is minimalistic, chic and streamlined – just my kind of vibe, so I took this into my mind when decided what to wear. They often rock headbands, crowns and boho jewels strung from their forehead, so off I went to Oxford street in search for the perfect headband! I ended up snapping up this beauty which is definitely on the girly side for me, but I adored the velvet pink and jewels! I’ve often felt like I’d feel a bit naked at the races without a headpiece, which is why I opted for something a little smaller and subtle!
FINDING ‘THE ONE’
I‘ve always liked to make my dress the main attraction, once I’ve got that down, everything else will fall into place. You’ll know I’m a huge fan of Closet London from this previous post during fashion week, their tailoring is always spot on, beautifully crafted material that’s actually made to fit and really flatter your shape. Luxe pieces at a more affordable price point and damn, do their dresses feel good on your body! I’m a sucker for a white dress so as naturally drawn to this simple, laser cut beauty.
Whatever you taste, pick your fave dress shape, something classic and that makes you feel good! This was so comfortable and surprisingly cool on the sweltering day we had! Lace, bright pops of colour, simplistic hues or a streamlined silhouette – get a rough idea of what you’d like to rock in your head and then scour the shops and the online shopping world for your dress of dreams! There’s also constant competitions happening at the races, best dressed, etc and the prizes are always awesome – another incentive to dress your best (besides the cute pics!)
SHOP MY FAVE OCCASION WEAR PICKS
I hope you loved this little post and I hope you find it super helpful for future events, whether you have a wedding, a birthday or the races – I’d also love to know if any of you guys have been to the races before!
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Photography by Ben Kapur
This post was in collaboration from the lovelies at Closet London!