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My Style Guide – Cheltenham Festival

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The Cheltenham Festival –  15th – 18th March 2016 (Ladies Day 16th March)

With no official dress codes, Cheltenham and Aintree used to be more about racing fun than chic fashion – but that is changing.  These days, Cheltenham is much more than just a day out.  Wearing the right outfit, especially if you are lucky enough to be invited into a box for lunch  - as opposed to eating a hot-dog near the bookies. Not only is wrapping up warm, with a chic coat and hat, getting the combination right will also enhance enjoyment of the day, not the least on Ladies Day. Perhaps thats why Cheltenham have introduced the style theme of ‘Colour Me March’ the Wednesday when I will be attending in the hope that it will not just be the glossy horses that will be well  ’turned out’.

The festival is four days so there is a lot to think about. Being March, layering is crucial. If you are going for more than one day, I would suggest at least one outfit that is topped with fur and/or tweed, boucle or wool. A chic top coat or warm suit is probably the best here. But with the erratic seasonal weather we’ve had this year (my new winter snow tyres have yet to be tested once up our steep hill in Shropshire), you may need to keep a lighter coat in the car in case the weather is on the mild side.  If the Cheltenham weather is cold, you’ll want to stay away from lighter weight fabrics, although light or bold colours are always a lift in the run up to Spring. The festival’s “Colour Me March” Wednesday is definitely the day to make a splash with some added brights. Stick to tights rather than bare legs and a closed shoe or boot with a wider heal is advised. If it is cold, don’t forget your gloves. If you want to add a touch of glamour, add a fur collar or silk scarf – something that the Duchess of Cambridge often does so successfully in her winter outfits.

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My favourite part of dressing up for Cheltenham is what to wear on one’s head.  Millinery plays a critical part in getting your sporting Season outfits right seasonal right as hats are the way you complete or ‘finish’ your look.  A nice racing outfit without a hat is like perfectly cooked roast beef without Yorkshire pudding or the perfect horseradish sauce. Fur, felt and feather are the way to go for this festival. Save your best outfit for Gold Cup day, your boldest hat for Ladies Day on Wednesday and wear a hint of green for the St Patrick’s Thursday. It’s time to peacock in the paddock ! My latest winter collection is a quirky and modern twist on traditional racing going style. Straws and sinamays are best kept for your summer season diary.

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My Into the Woods Collection is ready-to-wear and available to view and buy online. It can be custom coloured by order to compliment your wardrobe. Lead time for other colour ways approx 2 weeks.



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