Here at Selwood Equine we are always keeping an eye on the latest fashions in the equine world. This week the Cheltenham Festival is in our sights and we have put together a few fashion do’s and dont’s when it comes to selecting your race day outfit.
The Cheltenham Festival
The 14th – 18th March is the most prestigious race meeting in the British National Hunt racing calendar. Famed for the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the main attraction but with many other top class races in it’s programme too. Past meets have produced winners such as Kauto Star, Denman, Best Mate and Don Cossack. Four days of early spring racing in Gloucestershire attracts huge numbers of race goers. The likes of celebrities, party goers and a selection of eventing royalty can all be spotted. Albeit not the same as Ascot, the fashion stakes can be just as high as the betting stakes and there are a number of points for all racegoers to bear in mind!
Fashion Do’s & Dont’s
whether it is a jacket, waistcoat or handbag, keep it simple classic and understated to avoid looking like a fashion first timer.
Don’t lose your head;
Fedora style hats with feather adornment or classic adventurer style in a muted spring palette is advisable. This is not the time for gaudy fascinators or comical headpieces.
Best Foot Forwards;
Enclose those toes and keep yourself warm and comfortable with sensible footwear. Heels or flats call for suede or leather. Think workmanlike but with an elegant edge.
Wrap up warm;
it’s no good thinking spaghetti straps and raised hemlines are the order of the day. It’s all about dressing for the weather and at this time of year you should be thinking fur trimmed capes, wraps, throws and coats. Leather gloves, kept in your tote or clutch are an ideal accessory.
always advisable to have a pair of designer shades on standby. The low sun and spring glare can play havoc with your eyes. We advise that you have a pair to hand and make sure it is just the champagne that sparkles.
Brand wise we are talking Holland Cooper, Timothy Foxx, Fairfax & Favour, Annabel Brocks, Hicks & Brown and Schoffel.
Wearing any of these stylish country brands means you have selected a ‘banker’ in the fashion stakes for the pinnacle of National Hunt racing at Cheltenham. Practicality is the name of the game when selecting your outfit. Warmth and comfort are right up there alongside style.
Best dressed so far this week at the Cheltenham Festival include the likes of Zara Tindall in a classic navy wrap coat with a pop of colour in her turquoise accessories. Victoria Pendleton in a stunning camel coat and suede brown boots. Also the Duchess of Cornwall in a seasonal spring green coat dress. So if you are heading to Cheltenham this week be sure to pay attention to our style guide and you can bet your outfit will be a winner!