Ladies Day & Hats

It’s that time of year again where Ladies day at the races are happening. I’ve mentioned previously my love for Ladies Day at the races, what with the hats and  the perfect reason to get all dressed up. But did you know there’s actually Ladies Day Etiquette? With ladies day possibly dating back as far as 1711 with Queen Anne, i think its very important to keep up the show old chap! 

Things like, don’t bare all, don’t wear a white long dress and don’t overdo it on the champers are all just so historically you can’t help but love it. I think a bit of tradition in an ever advancing and changing world is good and also, did i mention such great fun!

Not many times in life do you get to go by the rule of thumb; the bigger the hat the better, but with Ladies day, bring on the hats! Oh yes, hats, fascinator’s or any fabulous head-wear goes at this event.

And here’s what i would wear:

ladies day

ladies day by rachel-the-hat featuring high heel shoes

Coast pink dress, $250 / Coast high heel shoes, $92 / Coast snake chain necklace, $58 / Satin mix trench coat | Luxury Women’s outerwear | Karen Millen, $460 / Cutwork metallic clutch | Luxury Women’s OccasionWear | Karen Millen, $185 / All Accessories | Yellows STRUCTURED BOW HAT | Coast Stores Limited, $75

I am loving the contrast between the yellow and the coraly-pink. It’s a fun and funky combo. And the fascinator.. aggh… does it get any better? A huge yellow bow! Uh-maze-ing!!
Add to that a beautiful satin Trench coat for the unpredictable British weather and some statement jewels and i would be hot to trot, going the comfy and classy route rather than the the Valleys cast last year..ahem… say no more.

What would you wear to rub shoulders with celebs at Ladies Day?
Would you dare to wear a REALLY big hat?

*collaborative post but all hat views are obviously very much my own 😉

1 Comment

  1. April 8, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    I love looking at the pics form the ladies' days as well. As an expat "Yank", this is such a great departure from anything we have in the US (save the Kentucky Derby I suppose), so it just feels like such a really great celebration of British culture. I am always saddened to see events such as Aintree getting bad press for all the skankily-clad and bad behaviour that goes on. I was happy to see Ascot tightening their dress and etiquette codes again, and hope that it continues.

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