From clean-lined tailoring to floaty tea dresses, this summer’s fashion trends lend themselves perfectly to Newmarket race-day dressing
If you’re entering the July Festival Style Awards, good news: from clean-lined tailoring to floaty tea dresses, this summer’s fashion trends lend themselves perfectly to race-day dressing.
Alice Ryan, editor of Velvet magazine and long-time best-dressed judge, spotlights five of the best.
And who knows, if you follow our tips, you might be a winner!
Seen on umpteen A-listers - there were lots at the royal weddings - the tea dress has been enjoying a renaissance for several seasons now. This year’s take on the trend is very ladylike: think demur neck and hemlines and girlish floral prints.
Sleeves are having a bit of a moment - puff, kimono, we’ve even seen a few 1980s-Laura-Ashley mutton legs. Frills are still in, too, but they’re softer and more fluid than last year, with waterfall ruffles trimming shoulders and skirt-edges.
TAILORING & TROUSERS
Sharp tailoring is making a big comeback, with trouser suits trending for both this season and next. There’s an Eighties vibe to some of the shaping - jackets with shoulder pads, tapered trousers - and block co-ord colour is key, ranging from bold brights to pretty pastels.
From bright, folksy florals to animal prints - which, set to be huge again this autumn/winter, are officially your wardrobe’s new neutral - there’s an on-trend print to suit every taste and style. If you are taking this route for a race-day, though, it’s an idea to keep your accessories plain and simple.
Great news for race-day dressing: chunky heels and square toes are firmly in fashion, so no more sinking into the grass or pinched feet. And ‘chunky’ doesn’t translate as ‘lumpen and unlovely’, either - delicate ankle straps, animal prints and metallic finishes make these shoes pretty as well as practical. (at the other end of the scale, barely-there sandals are also trending, but they’re zero fun for walking around on the grass, so save them for another day/night.)