Style Awards: A Winning Combination
Let's rewind the clock to last Autumn Ladies' Day. How did you feel about being crowned Best Dressed?
I was quite shocked to be honest, as the fashion stakes were pretty high that day and the ladies had made such an effort. I still can't quite believe it now! It really was the icing on the cake for a lovely racing trip.
Remind us about your outfit: what were you wearing and how did you put it all together?
I was wearing a Guibert Millinery pheasant feather hat - not the best choice on a really windy day as it was more like a kite! - with a Coast beige cape, Monsoon navy lace high neck dress, Dune rose gold clutch, River Island rose gold shoes and a faux fur collar from Ebay to make my outfit look a bit more wintry.
I started off with the hat and matched everything to the navy and beige colours from existing items in my wardrobe and thankfully managed to pull the look together. The cape and dress were sale bargains, so it ended up being a fairly cheap outfit, too. I absolutely love metallic accessories and thought that the rose gold shoes and bag finished the look off perfectly.
Maria Cheslin, last year's winner
You won some amazing prizes, didn't you? Make us jealous. . .
It was such a huge prize to win and a lovely mix of different things. We came back up to Newmarket in January and stayed at the Bedford Lodge for a spa day, dinner, bed and breakfast which was fantastic. We've stayed there a few times now and it never fails to deliver on being a luxurious experience and the food was totally delicious.
I went to The Face Place for an Alumier facial, which was amazing. Zoe is so knowledgeable and definitely worth a visit - she really helped me with skin advice. Then we went to Wolf in Sheep's Clothing so my partner could be measured up for a shirt, which he loves. Finally we went to Pure Elements so that I could have my hair done.
On top of that I received a huge hamper of Espa products, lots of fabulous clothing from Hicks & Brown, a dress from Charlie's Pop Up Boutique and a Hotel Chocolat hamper. In all, I was totally and utterly spoilt.
We know you're a regular racegoer. What do you enjoy about dressing up for the races?
What girl doesn't enjoy dressing up for an occasion? And what better occasion than a day at the races, watching the beautiful horses, drinking Champagne, meeting up with friends. . . It's my perfect day out, which is why my partner and I go so often.
Last year's top 10 finalists
Have you got any race-day fashion dos and don'ts you can share?
The biggest ‘do’ is wear comfy shoes! It's a long day on your feet and I always take blister plasters and some flats just in case my shoes start to hurt. Also, wear something you feel comfortable in and that suits your shape. My partner is quite good at telling me whether something looks good or not and I always ask for his advice before I wear an outfit.
Autumn Ladies' Day has a different vibe to the summer event, doesn't it? How would you say the fashion differs?
It's very different - the opposite of the summer really. I would personally wear autumnal or a mix of darker colours, tweed/wool/checked fabric, faux fur, feathers, gloves and also take a brolly just in case. Saying that, the weather has been really good the last few years, which makes it even more difficult, as it's been really warm so you don't want to overdress. I think layering is the key to the outfit, really.
Are you coming along again this year? Any outfit spoilers?
Yes, we are attending the meeting again this year, as it's one of our annual racing trips away and we stay over for a couple of days in Newmarket. I think I'm going for autumnal colours this time, which will hopefully work well together.
Since we met you last autumn what's been happening? Busy year?
I've been busy with work as we recently merged offices, but I'm making sure that I get my work/life balance right and planning as many racing trips as possible as racing is a passion of mine and my partner's - we attend meetings throughout the year, not just ladies’ days. I've been making use of my Hicks & Brown fedoras for the winter ones!
What would you say to encourage our readers to buy a ticket to Autumn Ladies' Day - and enter The Style Awards?
It’s another reason to attend Newmarket in the year and to experience first-class racing and the fashion at the home of racing is a must. It's a great day out and lovely to be able to dress up for the occasion and showcase your style, but in a totally different, more wintry vibe. The Style Awards are good fun to be part of, easy to enter and everyone is always made welcome by the friendly team. I’m so looking forward to attending the meeting and entering the Style Awards again!
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.