There has never been a more exciting time to dress up; as this season’s fashion trends have an element of dreamy fantasy, which translates beautifully into occasion wear.
Pastel tones translate into ethereal floaty dresses and English garden blooms feel effortless in whatever shape they come in. Monochromatic polka dots look impossibly chic in tailoring and summer brights create a rainbow of must-have dresses.
Therefore with the races season nearly upon us, its time to embrace these beautiful trends and rework them to suit your own innate sense of style. Today I want to share with you my top ten tips, in collaboration with Liverpool One, to ensure you look and feel best dressed.
1. Be true to your own signature look. There is something undeniably chic about a woman who owns her look and feels comfortable in her own skin. This also ensures you don’t look like anyone else on race day, personalities are individual to you.
At the moment I am having a love affair with soft tailoring and this Floral Jacket and Wide Leg Trousers by Topshop are both at the top of my Wish List. The floor-sweeping trousers elongate my legs and the jacket draws your eyes away from my tummy and highlights my waist. To elevate my look for the races, I teamed it with this Ivory Windowpane Fascinator from Debenhams, which picked out the floral cream within the print to perfection.
2. Overwhelmed by this season’s high street trends or simply unsure of how to enhance your best bits? Then try a personal shopper who will cherry pick the best of what they have to offer.
3. Be aware of the weather. You may get all seasons in one day, therefore be savvy with your outfit. Try a miniature umbrella inside your bag and be prepared for the fact you may need a cover-up last minute.
4. Whether you opt for a hat or hairpiece, ensure it compliments your look, not overpowers it. Remember, you’re trying to achieve an overall effect – the hat should be part of the outfit.
This spring summer, Karen Millen has created a capsule collection of bold and dynamic pieces that promise to command attention and turn heads. I felt beautifully powerful when I tried this Graphic Stripe Midi Dress, which compliments their current Mantra of “if you’ve got it, flaunt it”. I was able to play with the neckline and hem proportions, by simply unbuttoning to highlight my good bits. Styled with another hat from Debenhams, I felt very stylish and chic.
5. Take note of the terrain, pin-thin heels don’t cut it across the gravel or grass. Stick to a wedge or platform that will hold you in good stead for the day. Ladylike kitten heels have been reworked this spring to be the ultimate in comfortable luxe)
6. Forego the clutch bag; it’s all about handle straps this spring summer. They will nestle perfectly within your elbow as you negotiate your champagne through the crowds.
The Lizzie Cross Over Tote by Topshop for me ticks all those boxes and I feel its a bag I can turn to for other occasions.
7. Need a little-hidden confidence before sashaying across the stands? Then well-fitting lingerie will work hard for you behind the scenes and help create a seamless look.
8. Spend as much time planning your beauty routine as you do your outfit. Millennial pink continues to be the colour for spring, favoured due to the instant femininity it adds to your face.
9. When it comes to jewellery, it should play a supporting role and compliment its leading lady. Whether you opt for something more high end or throwaway, have fun playing with sparkle and shine.
I have to admit, other than my wedding bands, I rarely wear jewellery. So when the lovely ladies at Coast suggested I tried their Keziah Drop Earrings and Alma Pearl Wrap Bracelet, I loved how it completed my look. Teamed with a Pink Amedee Fascinator and Serena Embellished Bag, I felt it modernised my Keslin Polka Dot Jumpsuit and highlighted my feminine side.
10. Still unsure of what look works for you? Then drop me a message at Renee@mummystyle.co.uk and I will help transform you, into the best version of your gorgeous self.
With the Randox Liverpool Grand National weeks away, if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate Race day, I recommend The Club House, Liverpool. Amongst their beautifully eclectic decor (featured in this blog post) you can indulge in their Bottomless Brunch on the 13th and 14th April.
Photographs by Marta at Wander it Photo
Location The Club House Liverpool One