Style Awards: Velvet talks fashion with top three

Running alongside Newmarket’s three-day July Festival, our first virtual Style Awards saw entries come from across the world. Here, our top three best-dressed ladies share their style stories. . .

First Place: Megan Barber from Chedburgh, Bury St Edmunds

I am so excited to have won! Although I’m at work, not sipping Pimm’s in the sun, it’s still been the highlight of my week. My dress is ASOS, shoes and bag Karen Millen and my hat by my amazingly talented friend Emily who owns Tabitha Ada Millinery - and won third place today! The outfit was based around the hat: I knew I wanted something big, bright and beautiful and with Emily’s guidance this was the result.

Ladies’ Day is an annual event for me and my girlfriends. We spend months chatting about outfits and my hat was actually finished back in March!

I’m a creative person: I went to London College of Fashion and now have a shop in Bury, Sparkle & Co, making print jewellery, cremation ash jewellery and hand castings. When I’m not potty training and home-schooling, I’m at my shop creating treasured keepsakes.

I would say I’m generally quite classic and understated in my style, but when it comes to Ladies’ Day it’s time to embrace something a bit more daring.

Second Place: Sally Martin from Canberra, Australia

I am really into sustainable fashion and combining vintage with a modern twist. And bright colour combinations bring me so much joy. I really like that elegant, sophisticated look that is never out of style.

I’m absolutely ecstatic to have made the top three in the virtual Style Awards! it’s really lovely when someone appreciates your styling and efforts in putting together a head-to-toe outfit.

My skirt is made by an Adelaide designer, Couture Love Madness; my top is secondhand (no label); my shoes are Jessica Simpson and the bag is vintage. My headpiece is made by Sovata and is a recycled vintage piece.

I am originally from Adelaide but moved to Canberra about 20 years ago where I live with my husband and two kids. I’m a primary school teacher, currently teaching Indonesian.

I love dressing up and any excuse to wear a hat or headpiece! I regularly enter Fashions on the Field (FOTF) competitions in Australia.

I’ve always loved dressing up, even from a young age. My grandparents used to take me to the races and I always admired the way they would get dressed up and my nanna was so elegant; I even have some of her gloves and jewellery that I wear.

Third Place: Emily Curtis from Bury St Edmunds

I’ve been attending Newmarket Ladies’ Day religiously for the last 13 years, so there was no way I was going to miss out this year - I had to enter. I’m absolutely delighted to be in thetop three; I made top 10 last year, so this is my second year in a row to be shortlisted.

My outfit comprises my dress which is from ASOS, my shoes are from Dune London, my bag is from Topshop and my hat is designed and made by myself - @TabithaAda. It all stemmed from the hat really. I designed and made it, then had to hunt down the rest of the outfit! I was so pleased when I came across the dress and it was a perfect match.

I live in Bury with my husband and daughter. I’m a hairdresser by trade but also have a love for millinery, which started as a hobby and has now become a passion.

My love for fashion stems from a young age. I guess it’s what you could call a “clothes addiction”, but I prefer to call it a “hobby”. My friends and family can all vouch for this. . .

I like to think that my style varies from each event or occasion, depending on my mood. I can be conservative and classy, but can also be a little bit out there, to the point where even my husband questions my choices!

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