What To Wear To The Races

Today sees the start of the racing social calendar as the Investec Derby Festival opens it doors for a two-day festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Friday is of course noted as Ladies’ Day with a special emphasis on style and I will be there on hand to scout out the most stylish women for the What Best To Wear Style Competition in association with Harvey Nichols and Investec Bank (whom sponsor the event). The winner will receive a £5,000 shopping-spree in Harvey Nichols as well as appearing live on Channel 4 with former Grazia Magazine style editor, and now fashion director for Harvey Nichols, Paula Reed. Therefore if you plan on attending make sure you amp up the fashion ante and dress to impress.

There is of course a dress code set out for both days at the Investec Derby Festival so if you want to take note please check it out via What Best To Wear...

If you are not sure what to wear to the Investec Derby Festival or for that matter any other major race meet event this summer then do not despair as I’ve pulled together a little compilation of outfits and colourful accessories which you can choose from below…

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For those who prefer not to wear a dress why not opt for a skirt and top; try a metallic pencil skirt complete with simple shirt tucked in and a statement necklace for a different take on board room chic, or adorn a floral suit with smart vest or slouchy tee for that real bohemian vibe, just remember to add jewels and sky scraper heels.

However, if you do prefer wearing a summer/cocktail dress then my suggestion would be to pick a trend from this summer (stripes, cheques, florals, neons etc) and run with that as your main theme adding accessories to match. You can even clash up your look (it’s also very popular for SS13) by mismatching prints or wearing similar shade pastels and neons.

For headwear there are numerous places to purchase fascinators or hats in town such as Coast, Monsoon, Accessorize, Debenhams et al, but if you want something a bit more special and know you won’t wear again, why not spend the same amount hiring a designer option from The Hat Club.

And remember(!) if you are attending the Derby on either day to tweet me @stylistatlarge or @EpsomRacecourse – we want to see your pics!!

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