What to wear at the races

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With Ladies Day on Thursday 10 May 2018 at Chester Races here are some idea on what to wear…..
There’s an atmosphere of unbridled excitement to look forward to, where eye-catching fashion meets the thrill of an afternoon’s racing on the Roodee.
If you are lucky enough to go to one of the prestigious events in the Cheshire and North Wales Social Calendar, or other fabulous events like Royal Ascot or Goodwood…..then there is a golden rule…….Choose wisely.
With restrictions on what we can wear and where becoming fewer and fewer– smart casual is everywhere, the attraction of ladies day is adhering to a specific set of dress codes depending on the season and the day. Its very like dressing for a wedding, including the need for a hat!
A level of decorum is required. Avoid anything too tight, revealing, strapless or midriff-baring. The Grand National Meeting has issued an appeal for less flesh, which has been well received and Royal Ascot, one of the most prestigious races in the world, has an extensive style guide that specifies dresses need to fall at the knee or lower and shoulder straps need to be one inch at a minimum even if a jacket or wrap is worn over the top.
A hat or hairpiece is not always required. However, at Ascot you must have a hat which must be at least 10cm wide in diameter. While other meetings are less rigorous, it is considered appropriate to wear a proper hat, so while fascinators may work care is needed in matching them to the outfit.
For spring and summer; think florals, lace and colours. There is more choice of shoes than in autumn; sandals, pumps, wedges or open-toed heels or flats can all work.  If you think you will be walking over grass, do keep in mind that a thicker heel is a more practical option. A cardigan, a shrug and a bag and a brolly are also part of your outfit so think about these will  when you build the whole outfit.
Whatever you choose it is a great chance to dress up, leave the casual behind and be elegant, glamourous and eye catching.

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