Royal Ascot? Epsom Derby? Don’t mind if I do!
The equestrian season is upon us ladies and gents, and I’m delighted to have teamed up with the Milestone as their official ‘milliner in residence’. The style and clientele of this historic hotel are a fabulous fit for me, and I’ll be there for the duration of the season.
For 300 years the crème de la crème have primped and primed and flocked to the races to enjoy what turns out to be a scientifically proven day of relaxed inhibitions and exceptionally good manners. Quite seriously, 12 months of fieldwork by researchers indicates that nowhere in the world do crowds behave in a more affable and pleasant way than at English equestrian events. At races and polo-meets guests make eye contact and smile at strangers in ways usually never seen in large crowds. It seems that unprecedented friendliness and sociability abounds in the affairs of race-goers. Sounds good to me.
Now this might just be due to all those rules and dress codes, so I think it’s time to brush up on race-day protocol. I’ve seen my fair share of ladies who can strike a pose, so take a look at my list of do’s and don’ts:
- Go utterly British! Luckily this season is filled with pastels and floral prints that are both bold and quintessentially English.
- Find a sensational hat, it’s crucial for any event where horses and high society are concerned.
- Be confident. While you’re getting ready, practice your pose till you’re picture perfect. Photographers should capture arched backs, full chests and elongated necklines (all the better for showing off your hat!).
- Have a co-ordinated umbrella; we all know what it means to live in England.
- Double check the dress codes for your chosen event, some rules have changed this year!
- Enjoy yourself. After all, that’s really what it’s all about. Wear an outfit that’s stylish and individual, but make sure it makes you feel comfortable.
- Show too much skin. Spaghetti straps and mini-skirts aren’t well received by race-going veterans and you’ll be denied entry at certain races.
- Get caught in the society pages with a cigarette. Smoke signals are très passé.
- Try to do too much with your outfit. When it comes to bold millinery, it’s advised to downsize your accessories, especially the earrings.
- Get frazzled in the face of gambling stakes. Keep your composure after a win or a loss.
So there you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s time to put your look together and get racing.
While you’re about it, check out the Milestone’s fantastic Horses, Hats and High Society package. It includes tickets to Royal Ascot, the Epsom Derby or a Hurlingham Club Polo meet, Bentley transfers, and a private consultation with myself, Louis Mariette, to create a millinery masterpiece to complement your outfit.
It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to enjoy a cocktail at Stables, the Milestone Hotel’s equestrian bar afterwards. I’ll see you there. *wink*