What to wear for Ladies day at the Races

All Eyes were on The Duchess of Cambridge to see what she was wearing to the races! The very beautiful Kate caused quite a stir in very sophisticated cream chanel style suit and swishy knee length skirt teamed with a beige fascinator which was worn to one side.

Kate at Epsom Races

I trotted off to Chester Ladies day for a glass of Champagne and fun- a little pre- warm up for the famous Ascot Ladies day that’s just around the corner!

Spy at Chester Races, Papped by Fashion photographer Tony Blake

The White jacket and lace…

With thanks to Flatonephotography

I love nothing better than people watching at the races and if you’re stuck for inspiration on what the girls will be wearing…take a look at these

Colour…

The long skirt is big new this season

The Celebrities….

Louise Redknapp

Wearing a black detailed lace dress teamed with this very cute hat with pink roses-stunning!

Amanda Holden

Wearing a wonderful Duck egg blue dress and love heart hat-one of my favourites!

Joan Collins

In an 80’s Dynasty style power jacket! This year at Ascots..forget the 80’s and think 70’s chic!

Princess Beatrice

Wearing a navy and lace fascinator and matching jacket. Lovely colour combination with her hair colouring.

Isabel Kristensen

In a stunning black and pink flower hat set off perfectly with a simple white strapless dress.

Chelsea Davy’s

Princess Harry’s girlfriend looked very pretty wearing a red dress and black fascinator to set off her buttery blonde locks!

The fun….

Rule Britania

Chocolate anyone?

Slice of cheese?

Ummm Dounut?

Now if you want to be frightfully British and adhere to the old fashioned rules of Dress code for the Races, then Ladies should steer clear of mini skirts,halter necks and spagetti straps as too much flesh is frowned on! How ever I like breaking rules…Is that not what they were made for!

The Royal Ascot, which is held every year in June, plays host to an extra special day during this event- Ladies Day! Traditionally, all the ladies wear their best looking hats in a bid to impress the media! The day is formally known as the ‘Gold Cup Meeting’, but in recent years has become the focus of  who’s wearing what instead of racing. Every one knows that Ascot has an extremely strict dress code for the event, with hats being an absolute must. So if you are off to Ascot then have a read of these!

If you don’t like breaking rules then here are Ascots formal Dress codes!

The Royal Enclosure: to gain entry, race-goers must be recommended by someone who is already on the list. Convicted criminals and undischarged bankrupts are barred from the Royal Enclosure. Divorcées have been allowed in since 1955.

Ladies: only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator is acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.

Gentlemen: black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country or Service dress.

Grandstand Enclosure: visitors dress smartly for this occasion. Many ladies wear hats, although this is not obligatory. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit or jacket, in both cases with a tie.

Spy’s tips for the Races

My only fashion advice to you girls is to make sure you will survive the long day in your choice of heels( take  some plasters!) and that you take a little cover up (pashmina or jacket) as if the sun is not shinning you want to avoid the goose bumps! Finally  have fun with your outfits and hats…after all it’s only fashion!

Send me any photos of your outfits and hats, or post me any comments or fashion dilemmas you need some help with?

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