OOTD | A Day at the Races

Woman in a floral dress and black wedges, holding a glass of champagne
It's almost a year since my last outfit post – and it’s another special occasion on the blog tonight. Last month, I went to Ladies Day at Newmarket racecourse, for the July Festival. I’d never been to the races before but had always wanted to. And of course, it was an opportunity to get dressed up!

What I wore

Dress: Topshop (I bought on ASOS)

Wedges: Kurt Geiger

Crossbody bag: Brand Alley

Fascinator: ASOS

I’ll be totally honest and say I panic-bought the dress. I had previously chosen one on Marks & Spencer, but it was the tiniest bit too small. I’ve kept it, as I’ll wear it eventually, and on reflection, it would be better suited to a garden party, or something less elaborate than race day. It wasn’t until I linked the dress in this post, that I realised it was actually a tea dress. It was from Nobody’s Child, which I’d not heard of before.

As time wasn’t on my side, and at this point, I hadn’t even bought (or considered) a fascinator, I went on ASOS. I knew I’d be wearing my black Kurt Geiger wedges, so chose the Topshop floral dress, as I loved the colours and style. I also then ordered the fascinator at the same time – a black headband with net-style bow.

My bag was also new and an absolute steal on Brand Alley. I love the quilted leather and the chain, which could be worn either crossbody or over the shoulder. Again, I hadn’t heard of the Italian brand, but the bag was over £200 RRP, and I think I got it for about £30. It is a smaller bag, which maybe meant it wasn’t suited for a day out. I could literally only fit in my phone, cards and a lipstick – but it would be ideal for a night out.

Woman standing in front of a floral backdrop which says The Style Awards

With it being Ladies Day, there was a competition for the best-dressed woman. Sponsored by Moet & Chandon, as we arrived, there were members of staff ready to take our details, and our photos. The backdrops were dreamy and of course, I had to enter. Needless to say, I didn’t win, but it was fun anyway! And talking of not winning, I also placed a bet on a horse that came second – I should have gone each way!

It was a beautiful day – the sun was shining, everyone was in good spirits and there were some really lovely outfits, from both the women and the men!

Next on my agenda is definitely Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. Although maybe next time I’ll spend less time sipping on champagne, and actually watch all of the races. It was great to soak in the atmosphere!

Love, Lucy xx

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