Special Occasion Dressing

There are so many do’s & don’ts when it comes to occasion wear & it often leaves people with a feeling of dread. Hat or fascinator, wedges or heels, one piece or separates, the anxiety is real. My mother always taught me it’s better to be over dressed rather than underdressed, having said that it has left me in some rather awkwardly embarrassing situations. The most important factors to bear in mind is whatever you wear make sure you feel comfortable & confident in it.

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Royal Ascot

There are various events that we have to adhere to certain dress codes. Royal Ascot is famous for sartorial elegance to the point that they have fashion police making sure that their standards are maintained in the Royal Enclosure.

Dresses & skirts need to sit just above the knee or longer, dresses/tops must have straps one inch or more. Trousers suits can also be worn but must be full length, the colour & material must be matching. Strapless or off the shoulder dresses are not permitted but pashminas & jackets are welcomed. Hats must be worn at all times, headpieces are also acceptable but must have solid base of 4ins or more.

For the majority of other horse racing events including The Grand National there is no specific dress code - but its always worth checking in advance of planning your outfit.

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Weddings

The location of a wedding usually denotes what the dress code is going to be.

There is a certain etiquette that should always be respected. A few points to consider is always avoid wearing denim or being too casual. Don’t wear white unless you are the bride, allow her to shine on her special day. Fascinators & hats aren’t always compulsory but check what the invitation states as more formal weddings often require them.

If you are part of the wedding party its worth remembering the back of your outfit is as important as the front - many of the guests will be spending the ceremony looking at your back - so look out for outfits/hats with interesting back detailing.

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Special occasions/Black Tie Events

A black tie event is the epitome of a formal dress code. The standard is usually a long dress but cocktail dresses are allowed if they are elegant and extremely dressy including the classic little black dress.

For all special occasion dressing its worth remembering these top tips:

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This is your chance to wear a show stopper - don’t be afraid from standing out of the crowd in a striking outfit.

  • Remember the details - embellishments, beading and sequins add interest to an outfit from both a distance and close up.

  • Consider your outerwear! Our weather is so unreliable its worth thinking about even during the summer months - no one wants to hide the most incredible outfit under their everyday coat - pashminas, bolero jackets and dress coats are all a great alternative.

  • Fit is crucial - spending a little extra on having an outfit altered to fit perfectly is essential to making you look and feel incredible.

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Accessories can add interest to even the simplest of outfits - consider a matching colour of shoes and bag to go with your outfit or make a statement with a bright colour clash.