I absolutely love a day at the races and I have to say, I haven’t got a clue when it comes to horse racing. For me, it’s the whole package that makes it such a fun day out. It’s the chance to get dressed up, the glitz, the glamour and of course, who wouldn’t love a WHOLE day of drinking prosecco and eating all the afternoon tea you can manage? I’ve been to the races a couple of times and have always had a wonderful day, so I’m hoping to go back again this summer. The tradition of dressing up for the races actually dates right back to the early 1900’s. Back then, you’d want to be seen in huge hats and even bigger dresses. By the 1950’s this had transformed to flattering cinched waists, polka dot fabrics and straw hats to match (why can’t we be in the 1950’s now?) By the 1980’s things were on the move again, ladies wore flamboyant hats and tight structured dresses to create a sharp silhouette – I’m picturing Madonna in my mind for this one. One thing I’ve noticed is that although the fashions have changed over the years, the tradition of dressing up for the races has stayed the same throughout time. It has always been about the dress and hat combination and I imagine that’ll continue long into the future too.
So with race day in mind, I’ve picked out this outfit from Coast for this summers race day. I’ve chose this dress as it’s not only gorgeous (I love the watercolour look, it reminds me of my blog header!) but it’s conservative too. I went to Royal Ascot a couple of years ago and found picking a dress the hardest part, so this year I’m preparing early! Believe it or not, there are some really strict dress code rules for race day. Luckily, Coast have a range of race day dresses and they’ve obviously taken this into consideration as they seem to suit the criteria really well whilst keeping the range stylish too. I just love the sparkly clutch bag and haven’t gone too over the top with this mini-fascinator hair clip.
Are you planning a day at the races this summer? What would you wear?
Post written in collaboration with Coast, however all words, opinions and choices are my own.
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