Off to the races any time soon?
If so, you will be looking for a gorgeous outfit that is a “winner” in every sense.
It is so easy to win in the fashion stakes when you choose your Ascot or Race-day outfit at Debenhams. Because Debenhams has all the pieces you need for head-to-toe fabulousness all in one place.
Debenhams has an extensive range of sensational occasionwear, and for the fashion-forward GLOW (Glamorous Older Woman) who is looking for plus or petite sizing, most collections are available up to size 18 and many are available up to size 24.
It’s easy to build amazing Ascot outfits starting with a dress or skirt as the foundation of fabulousness.
Here are three knock-out knee-length pieces from Debenhams. (Be aware that occasionally, the description will say “midi dress” but if you are between 5’5” and 5’7”, a midi dress will simply be a good knee-length on you. )
Because we know you want to look perfectly appropriate as well as sensational and on trend, these hats would complete your look to perfection:
And here are three stunning dresses with sleeves that could be worn alone – i.e. without a jacket. But not, of course sans chapeau, so we have found you fabulous fascinators and occasion hats from Debenhams sensational hat collection to pair with your dress:
And because the maxi is still so hot for summer ‘16, and because the maxi is so easy to wear, here are three stunning maxis, together with jackets and hats to complete your outfit:
STYLE TIPS… STYLE TIPS… STYLE TIPS… STYLE TIPS…
One word of warning, lovely ladies AKA GLOWS: the team here at SoSensational comprises brilliant stylists who really know our fashion but, sadly, we have no psychic powers so we have no way of knowing what the temperature will be on the day you go off to the Races, despite it being June and officially summer – this is the UK after all.
We also know with absolute certainty (despite the absence of psychic powers) that you will wear your planned (summery) outfit, regardless of the weather. So, lovely ladies, GLOWS, we have two words for you: thermal vest. Yup, we know that sounds a bit old-school, but if you are standing beside a muddy race-track, with an icy wind whistling around you, you will be thrilled to have a thermal vest pulled down neatly under your dress or jacket. Unless you know for sure it is going to be a very hot day (and is that even possible anywhere in the British Isles?) we suggest you tuck a thermal vest in your handbag for emergencies, as you could wake up to sunshine and find that by lunch-time the temperature has dropped sharply…
While we are on the subject of practicality, we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention heels. Now, dressing for a Day at the Races needs to strike a fine balance between fashion and good sense. So, very high heels which could sink into the soft earth are impractical, we are afraid. Also, there’s often a fair bit of walking to do at a race track, so a mid-height heel, a wedge or even a flat pump might avoid aching feet and the comedy sight of shoes stuck in the ground while their owner has walked off!
Of course, Debenhams, have all the shoes and bags you want to ensure top-to-toe fabulousness at the races. We have picked just a few of each that will not only blend perfectly with your Race-day look, but will work hard in your wardrobe all summer long. We quite deliberately said “blend” rather than “match”, as we think too matchy- matchy is a tad off-trend, so by all means stick to one colour if you are working a dark neutral palette (i.e black or navy-blue), but otherwise consider nude as a brilliant neutral to tone with brights. And when choosing your bag, do keep in mind that a strap or chain is super useful for a day at the races as it leaves your hands free for the vital tasks of holding a glass of Prosecco or claiming your winnings!
Are you off to the races? What are you going to wear? Let us know below!
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