Style Awards: Past winners share their secrets




Wondering how to scoop the top spot in this week’s virtual Style Awards? Some of our past Best Dressed Ladies share their secrets

Anna Campbell: Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2018's July Festival

Anna Campbell Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2018's July Festival Picture: David Johnson Photographic (37987954)
Anna Campbell Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2018's July Festival Picture: David Johnson Photographic (37987954)

“My advice for a good racing fashion outfit is to firstly wear something that suits you and fits you, so you feel great and confident.

“I’m a fanatic about matching colours and don’t usually have more than three colours in a complete outfit. If your outfit material is busy, then the hat and accessories should be more subtle; if your hat is doing the talking, then the dress or pantsuit and accessories can be more simple but stylish.

“Accessories like a matching clutch or mini bag are a necessity - and don’t forget some statement earrings to tie in the colours, as well as great heels that are clean and tidy and definitely without a price tag still stuck on underneath!

“Most importantly: have fun and enjoy the day.”

Ana Pribylova: Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2017’s July Festival and subsequently the festival’s resident milliner

Ana Pribylova Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2017’s July Festival Picture: Keith Heppell (37987926)
Ana Pribylova Winner of Best Dressed Lady at 2017’s July Festival Picture: Keith Heppell (37987926)

“I always like to have my heels, clutch and hat the same colour and a contrasting dress colour that stands out. Or, if in doubt, just dress in the same colour head to toe. All pastel shades is also really pretty.

“The outfit I wore when I won Best Dressed was inspired by my millinery: from my own brand, Ana Bella, it was a cherry red button made from more than 500 hand-cut mirror pieces.

“I really wanted to wear red from head to toe, so I matched it with the dress from designer True Decadence. I loved how the fabric of the dress flowed and the hat sparkled.

I always wait until the week before the race-day to finalise my look, as it often comes down to how I feel on the day what I wear. I had two red dresses to pick from that day and my fiancé actually didn’t like the pleated one because it didn’t have much shape to it. . . But the fabric looked beautiful and, most of all, I felt so comfortable in it. And then I won!”

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