Friday, 17 August 2018

Getting ready for Ladies Day at the Ebor

The 23 August is an exciting day for York races as it holds the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Ladies Day.

The Ebor Ladies Day is the social highlight of the races season. You can dress to impress for the chance to win some fabulous prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn. If you would like to see the range of prizes available, follow the link here to the York Racecourse website.
I have been on the lookout for those show-stopping dresses and winning accessories you should wear to put yourself in for a chance of winning! You want to stand out from the crowd and for the right reasons. Attending Ladies day at York Ebor means you need to have that complete finished look, and I have put together a few tips to ensure you will be onto a winner for Ladies Day.

The Dress

The most important decision is deciding on what dress you are going to wear. It can be a dress you designed yourself, bought for attending a wedding, or even a dress you have bought in the sale. The most important thing is you look and feel comfortable wearing it. The last thing you want is to be standing in a dress at the races for a whole day and not be comfortable.  Go for a style that is a midi length or a little over the knee, after all it is Ladies Day and we all love the feeling of being a bit glam.  This style of dress should be classic, elegant, & sophisticated. Once you have decided your dress you can work all of the accessories around this. See some of my favourite picks below.

Pretty Little Thing Blue Lace Dress
Chi Chi London Floral Dress
Missguided Blue Jumpsuit


YOU MUST WEAR HEELS! Not only will it pull the outfit together and enhance your chic-ness, but also helps when you are craning your neck to see whether your horse came in first. In saying that you certainly do not want to prance around the races in shoes that you can hardly walk in!  It will not only ruin your day but it will take away from dress and the judges will see this from a mile away. Do not discount flat forms or chunkier heels with a bit of weight in them either. They are super on-trend and will work well with anything.  A good court shoe will set off the dress or a sling backcourt is very stylish for any dress.  Choose a style that is most comfortable for yourself and what you can manage to walk in and is not going to leave you hobbling around the racecourse. See some of my favourite picks below.

Missguided Grey Patent Heels
Kurt Guiger Gold Block Heels
Pretty Little Thing Nude Tie Heels


This is where the fun starts; looking to set your look with a headpiece or hat.  There are so many amazing brands out there to get your headpiece from; Debenhams is one of my favourites! Make sure to bring your dress with you when you are going to pick out your headpiece as you want it to go with your dress/shoes.  This is all depending if you are going to wear the same colour through with your headpiece, dress and shoes.
If your dress is busy and has a lot going on, keep the accessories minimal. You do not want to overdo it with too much colour, as the judges will not know where to look!  A simple classic diamond earring will be just perfect.  For your bag, use a medium sized clutch with just enough room to keep your lipstick and powder in.  Again, colour and style all depends on what you have gone with for your dress. 

Tan/Makeup /Hair

Try not go overboard with your tan or makeup, as they say less is more.  If you are applying your tan yourself make sure you have exfoliated and moisturised your skin so it will take to it. If you are opting to get a spray tan done we would recommend going to your regular salon and one that you have had your tan done in before, and make sure to go two days before the races so you don’t get that ‘orange’ look!  Be sure to book all your appointments early with your hairdressers, salons and make-up artists so you do not get let down and left in the lurch looking for last minute appointment.

I hope you enjoyed reading my tips for the Ebor Ladies Days and have fun getting your Ladies together for a great day out. If you’re at the York racecourse for Ebor keep your eyes peeled for me as I may see you there.

Happy Racing!

Love Ciandra x


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