At the Races

Libelula, a favourite label of Kate Middleton's, is available at Sassy & Boo, based in Tetbury and Bath. Alison Townsend, the owner of the boutique, has 10 top tips for race day chic.

Libelula, a favourite label of Kate Middleton’s, is available at Sassy & Boo, based in Tetbury and Bath. Alison Townsend, the owner of the boutique, has 10 top tips for race day chic.

 

Race day dressing dos:

1 Do look for structured dresses or separates that suit your shape, simple but well-cut pieces.2 Women are required to cover their crowns with a hat or fascinator; choose the outfit first and then select your accessories.3 Stilettos can be tricky on grass, so select a heel that is a little more forgiving.4 Your outfit and your hat should do the talking, so accessorise modestly with gloves, a handbag and simple vintage jewellery.5 Our climate is never predictable so add a tailored jacket or pashmina to your ensemble and a stylish umbrella too!

Race day dressing no-nos:

1 No strapless, halter-neck, off-the-shoulder or spaghetti-strap styles – make sure your shoulders are suitably covered.2 No mini skirt lengths: at Ascot the rule is that skirts should be no more than 2 inches above the knee.3 No trousers, unless worn as a trouser suit.4 No bare midriffs or bare legs. 5 Avoid billowy chiffons – a gust of wind could cause a major wardrobe malfunction!

A Suit That Fits, Bristol0203 006 7999, www.asuitthatfits.com

Coco Blue Boutique, Taunton01823 338399, www.cocoblueboutique.co.uk

Lisa Burrows Hat Maker, Taunton07976 938197, www.lisaburrows.com

LK Bennett, Bath, Bristol and Cribbs Causeway0844 581 5881, www.lkbennett.com

Sassy & Boo, Bath and TetburyBath, 01225 447938 Tetbury, 01666 504731www.sassyandboo.com

Tie Rack, Bath and Cribbs Causeway, Bristol0845 074 4055, www.tie-rack.co.uk

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