This may be the oldest racecourse in England, but Boodles May Festival is definitely thoroughly modern in the fashion stakes.

Usually sold out, the Boodles May Festival is packed, sparking and sassy – piling out in to the city centre after racing for partying in to the early hours. This is not a day to be burdened with coats and jackets. Fashion comes first so come rain or shine, summer dresses, bare legs and sky high heels are the order of the day (and night).

Firm Fashion Favourites: Bardot neckline, frills, dipped hemlines and the mini bag.

Show off your gorgeous fake tan with a sexy Bardot neckline and floaty mini dress. The Keepsake mini dress features several on trend must-haves: the pleated skirt, the dipped hemline, shorter skirt lining and the fashionable frill overlay along the neckline and sleeves. Available from House of Fraser, £165.


Bare shoulders form the perfect frame to show off your statement headpiece. Looking pretty in pink with Joanne Edwards’ Floral Bouquet sinamay hat. Complementing the floral pattern of the dress are the handmade blue silk flowers. A smattering of Swarovski beads will ensure you sparkle in the sunlight. Price £875 from Joanne Edwards Hats on Etsy.

Keeping the neckline free of jewellery will bring more attention to your statement hat and your (fake) sun-kissed shoulders. But there is nothing stopping you from making a statement with bangles, cuffs or bracelets. The hanging chains of the shiny stainless steel Waterfall bracelet by Edblad drape nicely and will catch the light. Price £62 and available via Nordic Agencies.

Brighten up your step in silver and blue metallic caged stiletto sandals by Carvela. Were £140, now in the sale at Debenhams.

The mini bag is a BIG BIG trend this season so you need to be able to pack wisely for the day, or go with a friend with a bigger bag! Adding a touch of bling is the Dune Elady jewel clutch bag. In two tones of blue to complement the floral dress. Available from John Lewis, £60.

Whether it is for the sun or the paparazzi, don’t forget to complete your outfit with a pair of sunglasses. Vogue’s cat’s eye sunglasses in blue and light grey will match the dress perfectly. Price £99 from House of Fraser.

For the final accessory, ensure the man on your arm looks dapperly fashionable.

Looking summery but still sartorially sharp is Richard James’ slim fitting, double breasted, blue seersucker suit from their SS17 ‘Dandy Kim’ collection. Price £765.

Accessorised with a slim fuchsia and blue geometric blocks tie in 100% silk. Price £95.

Adding a touch of flair is the pink Deco flower silk pocket square. Price £55.

Worn with a pair of Walton Loafers fully welted and bench made in Northampton. In rich chestnut brown calf leather. Price £415.

Finish the look with a pair of blue mirrored sunglasses.

Paul Ven Fox Clubmaster ICE blue wooden sunglasses, £44.99 available via Etsy.

For further racing fashion tips, plus advice for men, which hat to choose for your face shape, and summer make-up suggestions, see our Summer  Racing Fashion Guide 2017.

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