Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style: We all love getting dressed up for a special occassion, right? and when it comes to occasions there are very few that can rival a day at the races. The glitz and glamour of the big meetings such as those at York, Royal Ascot, Newmarket and Goodwood is something to behold and places where ladies and their dress-sense often take centre stage.
The races have long been a favourite of Royalty and Nobility and appearing at the racetrack dressed in your finest outfit complete with stunning headwear will make any girl feel like a real-life princess.
Race meetings are often more than just the races themselves with more and more racecourses offering a full day of hospitality and leisure both before and after the horses strut their stuff. That’s not to say you can’t have a little wager on a few races, of course the chances of winning money are one of the most appealing things a day at the races can offer.
To brush up on those betting skills before hitting the racetracks with the girls then perhaps visiting Coral’s dedicated horse racing site can help give you the knowledge to impress your friends.
More Than The Races:
However, these days a day at the races is also a night at the races with many bands and singers signing up to perform at open-air marquees on the racecourse during the summer, long after the jockeys have packed their bags and headed off ready for another day at their profession. Going to the races is somewhere where a girl feels special and getting dressed up almost in wedding-like clothing is a thrill for every lady.
Some of the bigger meetings such as Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood not only have dedicated Ladies’ Days but they have their own fashion parades at the racecourse and often there are prizes handed out for the best dressed. That’s both men and women if you were wondering guys.
Channel 4 Open The Market:
The move from “Old Boy’s Club” to social event of the month or year is something horse racing has worked on tirelessly and the recent revamp of the coverage of the sport on Channel 4 has done wonders for ticket sales around the country.
Channel 4 bosses even opened up their own gap in the market when they recruited fashion guru Gok Wan for their Royal Ascot coverage.
Soon a show that could have been quite boring to the average non-horsewoman was electrifying in a fashion sense as Wan interpreted many of the gorgeous ladies’ dresses and outfits in his own personable style.
With Gok Wan around and more than just races on offer during the summer it’s clear that horse-racing is becoming as ladylike as going for a massage or getting your nails done.
The Fabulous Times
Images from Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style (Thames & Hudson), £35, is available from Amazon)