How to be the odds on favourite in the Fashion Stakes

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 Categories: Fashion

With less than a fortnight to go until Cheltenham Racecourse opens its gates, the most fashion conscious race goers will already have their perfect outfits hanging proudly in the wardrobe. Not everyone is that organised however and I’m guessing a few people will now be stressing over what to wear.

Dressing for National Hunt racing is a much more understated affair than it is for flat racing and the most important thing is to dress for the Great British weather. Although March is officially classed as spring, temperatures are still liable to plummet, chilly winds are never far away and heavy showers of rain are frequent. Resist the temptation to wear an out-of-season dress or a short sleeved shirt, just imagine how cold and miserable you’d be? You want to be outside in the thick of the action; watching the horses in the paddock, spotting your favourite jockey preparing for their spin over the hurdles, enjoying the live build up and watching some top class racing.

Ladies, think Venetia Williams meets Zara Tindall. A statement tweed coat, a cosy cashmere jumper, slim fit trousers and a pair of comfortable but stylish boots equals Cheltenham chic! Add a touch of personality with glamorous accessories like an Yvette Jelphs pillbox hat in leopard print, a fur pom pom clutch bag from Maude & Fox (big enough to stash all your winnings) or an eye-catching silk scarf from Schoffel.

Gents, stay quite traditional and opt for a tailored tweed suit, wool overcoat and cashmere jumper over a shirt – layering is key to staying warm throughout a long day at the races. Brogues are widely favoured within the jumping fraternity but loafers paired with brightly coloured House of Cheviot socks will put a modern twist on your ensemble. Add a splash of colour with a Drakes paisley patterned tie and contrasting pocket square while a felt trilby (favoured by top trainer Nicky Henderson) will complete your sophisticated race day look.

Cheltenham Festival is a unique experience and is now considered one of the blue riband sporting events in Great Britain, the horse racing equivalent to Wimbledon, the British Open and the FA Cup Final. If you’re lucky enough to be attending, enjoy your day, bet wisely and look fabulous!

Ashley x