There are a few occasions each year when I enjoy getting really dressed up. Those are the days when I embrace all the accessories and plan my outfit in advance. For the first time in forever I didn’t go to the Cheltenham Races with my best friend. I didn’t miss out though as I still attended with some lovely bloggers but I did miss my annual girls day with Faye.
The reason Faye and I didn’t go is that this year Faye turns 40. Therefore as part of the celebrations we have decided to go to Ascot this year. The main difference between Cheltenham and Ascot is the weather, or at least we hope. Cheltenham in March is cold usually, we often get the sun but also the wind. Therefore Cheltenham is all about keeping warm and wearing layers.
Ascot should be much warmer as it is in July. The plan is to have a picnic on the grass, drink champagne and win lots of money. We are not horse riders and we don’t know too much about form. But we often pick well and end up even if not in profit! We often put our bets on at the start of the day at the tote but I have learnt we are better off using bookmakers as we get better odds that way. The two racing events I bet on each year is obviously Cheltenham but also Grand Opening Day – Bet at William Hill #GrandNational.
This summer I am looking forward to being able to wear a summery dress and a summery hat. If you worry about wearing a hat here are some top tips.
- If you’re tall avoid tall hats and go for wider brims. If you’re short avoid large hats and go for smaller structured creations. This is what I did by opting for a structured fascinator instead.
- There is also the tradition that women wear the head accessory (flowers, feathers, bows etc) to the right. Did you know that?
- Consider your overall shape. Balance a full 1950s style skirt with a wide-brimmed hat, or for a more structured look opt for a cocktail hat or fascinator. Again I went for a fascinator recently as my dress was slim fitting.
Tradition Dictates How Ladies Should Wear Hats to the Races