Autumn Ladies’ Day: Talking Trends with Velvet editor (and long-time best-dressed judge) Alice Ryan
Lines are long, shapes are soft and the palette is plummy. Pair prints reminiscent of Dutch Master paintings with blocks of plain tan or beige. A touch of animal print on your accessories completes a look that’s fashion-forward, but not fashion-slave.
Winter Floral dress, £35, Dorothy Perkins
Floral midi dress, £56, Oasis
Studio by Preen floral and check tea dress, £89, Debenhams
From dogtooth to gingham to tartan, checked prints are huge for autumn/winter. For the races, the new sharp tailoring is perfect: think wide-legged trousers, slim pencil skirts, neatly waisted jackets. Monochrome and/or autumnal tones hit the right seasonal note.
Trouser suit, from a selection, Hobbs
Gingham pencil skirt, £39.50, M&S
Tweed checked longline blazer, £89, M&S
Over the last few seasons, animal print has become as much a wardrobe staple as the little black dress. Leopard, cheetah and tiger have been joined by snake for AW. You can go all out with a striking midi dress or faux fur coat or, if your inner Bet Lynch is feeling shy, just make a gesture with shoes, boots or bag.
Faux fur coat, from a selection, Dorothy Perkins
Animal pussybow dress, £58, Oasis
Animal midi shirt dress, £49.50, M&S
Multi snake bag, £25, Dorothy Perkins
Off the Blocks
The current colour-blocking trend isn’t about sharp contrasts. Rather it’s about juxtaposing toning shades of differing depths - autumn leaf colours, say, from gold through brown, or complementary teals, blues and greens. Pick a palette that suits your complexion and this look is flattering and effortless.
Coat and trouser suit, from a selection, Hobbs
Top and trousers, from a selection, M&S
Belted shift midi dress, £35, M&S
Proof that classic doesn’t have to mean safe or boring, the new season’s ladylike look is fiercely feminine rather than girly. Swishy pleats, pie-crust collars and pussycat bows are given a luxe feel via silks, satins, velvet, foils and beading, while Iron Lady bags, belts and heels add structure (and a slightly spiky edge).
Black and gold dress, from a selection, Dorothy Perkins
Heeled snake loafer, £28, Dorothy Perkins
Olivia ring-lock bag, £22, Accessorize
Satin pleat wrap skirt, £59.50, Oliver Bonas
Part of Dubai Future Champions Festival, Autumn Ladies’ Day falls on Friday, October 11 and tickets are already on sale - see thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket for more information and to book.