April 4th, 2008
Style Files: A Day at the Races
Images: Rex Features.
The rules for attending racing events in the UK are simple: get a good hat, wear shoes that are sexy but won’t sink into the grass when you walk, and courtsey when you meet the Queen. Our favourite unofficial rule is to get stonking drunk and flirt like insanos with cute boys in tuxedos, but otherwise, that’s pretty much it.
Alas, in our years of enjoying and partaking in the fun and festivities of screaming at horses whilst dressed in fine frocks, we’ve never had proper guidance from a style pro like Alex Curran. Let’s take inspiration and compile a few ACG style tips for a successful day at the races, shall we?:
1. Go big or go home.
2. Go blonde or go home.
3. Do not allow one of your mates to outsize you with a cleverly teased bouffant. If this does occur, lend her a large taffeta bow/shawl/shrug/thing and tell her it’s the new look for chokers this season. Giggle to yourself while she sweats and paws at her neck throughout the afternoon.
4. Hats are for those who didn’t get their highlights done properly. Shun the hat rule so you stand out from the others.
1. Spray tan, black eyeliner, gloss. Repeat.
2. Eyebrows are the window to the soul. Keep the window well defined and coloured in until caterpillar-like. This is the best way to define the face and show off the spray tan, black eyeliner and gloss.
1. Frills, froth, and fantasy is your mantra.
2. Seriously, if it doesn’t have frills or froth, you’re a loser. A poor loser who can’t afford to buy frills and froth.
3. See what your mates are wearing first so you can out-dress them. If they have chosen something nice, tell them to accessorize with a dead animal or a decorative lampshade-inspired bolero jacket in taupe.
4. Smile demurely when you are the fashion “do” next to a fashion “hell-don’t”. (See below) Enjoy the moment, it comes so very rarely.