Maybe some of us can remember the day we dropped off our little son or daughter at pre or primary school. They were all excited and nervous, new haircuts and uniforms way too big (“don’t worry you’ll grow into it !”) and you were equally nervous and tearful that they are leaving you. Fast forward many years of ballet, football, school projects, exams and sleep overs and you are now checking your diary and planning for their forthcoming graduation ceremony. Continue reading “Special Occasion Dresses for Graduation Day”
What does one wear to a Royal Garden party? That’s the first question most women ask when that all-important invitation arrives in the post.
It’s one of the most exclusive of UK summer events to be invited to – no pressure then! You can act as cool as a cucumber but it’s inevitably a big deal to be asked to enjoy what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Continue reading “How to Dress for a Garden Party”
For more than a hundred years the races have given women the opportunity to show off their most beautiful dresses and impressive hats and fascinators. Trends have changed but many of the traditions remain the same, especially within the most famous and formal racing arenas like the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. But where did these traditions come from and why is dressing your best such an important part of a day at the races?
Hats and fascinators are undoubtedly a huge part of dressing for a day at the races, but have you ever wondered why they are such a big deal? “Racing was called the sport of kings and for good reason,” as Australian milliner Richard Nylon explains. “It is an expensive sport, so people who could afford to stable, look after horses and pay for people to ride them had a lot of money. With money goes prestige, with prestige goes fashion and, back then, with fashion went hats. It became a way for a lady to display her status and fashionability.”
Receiving an invite to a gala event doesn’t happen on a regular basis. A gala is defined as a formal occasion, often with dinner and entertainment, that is usually held for an awards ceremony or as a fundraiser for a charitable organisation. It’s a special event, which means you need to dress in an appropriate manner and get glammed up in your fanciest attire. Continue reading “Decoding The Gala Dress Code”
Getting an invite to a formal British garden party event, such as the Royal Garden Party that takes place every year at Buckingham Palace, is a big deal and an afternoon to cherish forever. It’s important to remember though that these are formal events that you need to dress your absolute best for.
Have you ever received an invitation to a formal event and felt confused by the dress code? With so many different special occasion dress options available, you may feel anxious about picking the right thing to wear, even when the type of dress required is stated on the invite. Continue reading “A Guide to Dress Code for Every Occasion”
What is etiquette and why is it important? Debrett’s, the famous coaching company and authority on how to conduct yourself during social occasions, defines etiquette as ‘a set of guidelines that have evolved to make everyone feel welcomed and valued, to make everyday life easier, removing anxiety and awkwardness.’ Following the correct etiquette allows everyone, from guests to hosts to staff, to feel relaxed and able to enjoy themselves at formal occasions.
Everyone wants their wedding to be incredibly special so they can remember it as one of the best days of their life. You can help make this come true by being an excellent guest and sticking to the dress code. Dress codes are there so that everyone not only looks fabulous and dressed to impress on the day, but so the bride and groom can look back on the pictures of the day with happiness. Wearing informal wear detracts from the occasion of the day and sends out a message that you couldn’t be bothered to put in any effort.
Everyone has heard of the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but they aren’t the only important horse races that happen each year in the UK. There are countless meetings of varying size and importance in the calendar, so if you’re a fan of a flutter and a day at the races you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are 20 of the biggest UK horse racing events divided into 10 jump and 10 flat races.