Well with the festival just around the corner its time to get organised! I personally find winter racing much easier to dress for than summer, because lets face it you will basically spend most of the day in your coat! So with that in mind you have you have 6 things to focus on when it comes to your outfit! So lets start at the top-
1. Hat and hair- I am a big fan of the fedora, not just for women but men too. This hat is not for everyone but worn with the right look can look great. I find this looks best with a more tailored and fitted look, rather than a loose 60s style coat. Curly hair looks best but straight is just as nice, pin the sides back so as not to over crowed your face, a low pony tail is my favourite.
Now if the fedora is not for you a winter coloured fascinator is perfect for Cheltenham. Try to dress this up by putting your hair up or adding a few curls! A hat is not compulsory but it is always nice to dress up and make the effort, plus its always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed.
2. Coat- Probably the most important part of your outfit! Now there is no need to go rushing out and buying a new one! Trends are constantly coming back and a good coat is timeless, I wear my classic cream Topshop coat over and over again! The only thing I would suggest investing in is a great mac, Burberry is obviously the first choice but if like me the bank balance will not stretch that far there are some amazing ones on the high street.
When deciding what coat to wear be practical, it will be cold but it has been a mild winter so far, so no need for ski jackets! Chose a colour you can match up with pieces you already have, and make sure it looks flattering on, all your pictures will be taken in this mainly and you don’t want to look like the michelin man! A coat is something you normally put on last and don’t pay much attention to so check it suits you and always ask an HONEST friend!
3. Gloves- This may not sound too important especially with how warm its been, but they are always handy to have! A great leather pair look lovely, either a nice black pair to blend in with your look or make a statement with some gorgeous red ones!
4. Tights- Very important, please get some nice thick ones not the thin see through black ones which will make you look like an old teacher! I love coloured tights and if your looking to make a statement coloured tights are a great way to do it! Especially if you have an all black look this will really brighten you up! Anyone can do this but if your going to go super bright I really think you need to be under 35!!
5. Shoes- Comfort is the key word, like any race day its going to be a long day and normally filled with a few drinks! If you are likely to fall over after a few drinks, or walk like a lame horse after only a few hours in them they are probably not the shoe for you. Nothing will ruin gorgeous outfit quicker than falling! Now if you are seasoned professional at this and can hold your own then go for it! A gorgeous high stiletto can really finish off and great out and look so flattering! I am very clumsy and fall over in flats let alone heels, so I prefer a wedged heel as I just feel a bit more stable! If you have gone for some bright statement tights, a muted coloured shoe is probably advised you can pretty much never go wrong with black!
6. Handbag- Now a good sized bag is advised easy to put a small scarf or cardigan in if you get cold, as well as all your other essentials! If the rest of your look has been playing it safe you can be a bit more risky with a bright or bold bag without offending anyone! I like bags with shoulders straps so they don’t get in your way, but this is really a personal preference.
And remember too much tweed is never a good look!