Royal Ascot | Styling Ladies Day with Suzie Turner and Fitzdares
Day three of Royal Ascot plays host to two prestigious events: Ladies Day and the historic Gold Cup race. To succeed at both requires good taste, insider knowledge and an understanding of the (style) stakes – something which couturier Suzie Turner and private bookmaker Fitzdares have in spades. From the Royal to the Windsor enclosure, Suzie Turner’s beautiful bespoke pieces will turn heads for the right reasons, while Fitzdares’ professional tipster Glyn Warne has yet more gold dust for those wondering which horse to back.
Suzie Turner creates personally designed gowns, composed by the most skilled hands, using the finest fabrics, intricate embroidery, and lavish embellishment. Her advice for dressing for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot? “Keep it unique, keep it classy: bring out the best of your wardrobe for this special day, as if you were attending your best friend’s wedding.”
Take a look at some of Suzie’s bespoke designs for a guide on what to wear wherever you spend Ladies Day.
Sartorial standards are understandably high in an area where one may be rubbing shoulders with royalty. For women, think formal dress, with hemlines no higher than just above the knee and sensible necklines with straps of at least one inch wide and nothing off-the-shoulder or asymmetric.
Queen Anne Enclosure
Named in honour of the monarch who founded Ascot racecourse, formal dress still applies but the rules are slightly more relaxed than the Royal Enclosure – and therefore the perfect area to employ a more interesting neckline or sleeve.
While this section of the grounds doesn’t officially impose a formal dress code, Royal Ascot’s request is racegoers ‘dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion’. It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator, but with no restrictions on necklines, here’s where you can show your style credentials with an of-the-moment off-the-shoulder number, or abandon sleeves all together. Just remember, as Suzie says, to“keep it unique, keep it classy.”
And finally, a few sage tips on which horse to back from Fitzdares:
Gold Cup (4.20): “All the talk is about Order Of St George and Stradivarius but they could easily run each other into the ground. Vazirabad, the French raider, looks the each way value and could surprise a few people.”
King George V (17.35): “First Eleven finally fulfilled his Frankel heritage by winning last time out – ridden by Dettori, he will relish the extra distance.”
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