I am overjoyed and so excited to say that for this year’s Cheltenham Festival I teamed up with my good Uni friend Cleo Lacey - from many years back!- who is the fabulous and hugely successful stylist behind Demi Couture http://www.demi-couture.co.uk/
Having seen Cleo in her professional environment, transforming a clients wardrobe, not only making her look a million dollars but reinstating the clients confidence, I knew I had to collaborate with her sooner rather than later. I totally love the country fashions and how the classic designs bring practicality up to pace with the fashion world, through my blog I have made many contacts in the country fashion world, one being the fabulous Fairfax & Favor. Having said that, I do not have the professional now how and expertise that Cleo has gained over the past 7 years.
Both Cleo and I studied at Harper Adams University College (formally and Agricultural College) and although both from country upbringings many of our mutual friends would concur that I fitted into the establishment way more than Cleo did!
So, what could go wrong when you combine a farmer's wife who loves all things country and a background in wearing wellies and a fashion expert who lives, sleeps and breathes the latest trends and understands the emotion behind dressing? We make the perfect combination.
Elegant, country outfit for Cheltenham Festival 2017.
LETS GET TO WORK...
Cleo often gets asked what to wear to the races by my clients and have to perform many special occasion personal shops each year, dedicating time and effort in making sure my clients look amazing for these spectacular events. After all, with the press in abundance, everyone wants to be papped so they appear online or in the newspaper. There are also some incredible prizes to be won for the best dressed, which some ladies take very seriously indeed (we are talking jewellery, holidays and cars up for grabs!) even if appearing in the media, or winning the best dressed isn’t really for you, just feeling good and confident on the day is always so very important.
Cheltenham has a unique look among the race meetings, partly thanks to being held in March when the weather is unpredictable, but also because of the smart country set which it attracts. Think tweed, tweed and more tweed then throw in some feathers for the effect.
Think Practicality, you’ll definitely need some form of knitwear or a jacket and possibly an umbrella. My favourite brands to create the perfect look for Cheltenham are Le Jabot and Stock, Holland Cooper or Timothy Foxx. All of which create beautiful tweed, leather and fur, jackets and capes perfect for keeping warm whilst remaining stylish. I would also always opt for a hat in the form of a fedora or tweed and feather head piece.
Forget the elegant stilettos, this is not like Ascot or Aintree. I always advise my clients to wear stylish but practical footwear, my go to boots are by Fairfax and Favor. In particular the knee high heeled Regina are my favourite festival footwear choice as seen on my client Julia below.
The boot is crafted with an elastic panel that can stretch up to 3cm and sports a flattering 5cm heel to give you elegance without sacrificing comfort as you will be on your feet for most of the day.
The most important thing is to have fun and always keep to a winning streak. Celebrate your wins with champagne. Commiserate your losses with champagne. Make up your mind with champagne. We always think a theme helps!
GET THE LOOK...
Boots - www.fairfaxandfavor.com
Cape and Hat - www.lejabotandstockcompany.co.uk