The same principle applies when it comes to social outings, race meetings included. We are often too preoccupied with giving that feathered/be-jewelled/customised confection of a dress an airing to take into account the occasion; company; purpose for the gathering g and (all importantly) - the weather. This post, and the one to follow, shall propose a few suggestions as to how you can cast aside the stereotypes attached to racing attire, break the mould, and express yourself with one carefully compiled outfit.
There is a wrongfully-held belief that in order for an outfit to be outstanding, it has to be outlandish. This is not so. I am firmly of the belief that the most demurely elegant and unstated of pieces are the ones that truly stand out. Imagine a graceful swan amongst a congregation of peacocks - whilst beautiful, the more ostentatious plumage of the peacock appears dull alongside that single, humbly-clad swan.
Pretty and Practical
If the weather is the less than desirable on the day, it makes sense to incorporate stylish accessories which are appropriate for the day. A silk wrap or embroidered cape are perfect for covering your shoulders on breezier occasions, and a short cashmere or fine wool/silk mix cardigan is always a welcome cover up, even on fine days. For wet weather, a large umbrella is a must. It is no harm to try to co-ordinate it to some extent with your outfit, but don't go for too many frills and embellishments, or you will detract from your outfit.
There is nothing attractive about having to repeatedly extract your stilettos from the grassy soil; Manolos and mud are not a good pairing. Whilst the races are a time for dressing up, this does not (or at least, should not) restrict us to feeling that our own footwear option is heels. You will be doing both yourself and them a favour if you can find the confidence to throw on a pair of beautiful flats instead. With myriad options now available - satin; suede; bows; be-jewelled; ribbons; studs - there is a pair to suit any and every outfit. Not only will you be more comfortable (and therefore more confident), but you will stand out from the crowd for being that little bit different.