May Festival – what to wear: The Boodles May Festival at Chester is again set to bring ‘oodles of excitement, fun and of course an excuse to strut your fashionable style. So spring into action and start planning your Ladies’ Day race outfit.

The culotte jumpsuit is still a winner in the fashion stakes especially when teamed with one of the top trends of the season – the ruffle.

Coast’s Jojo culotte jumpsuit is adorned with layers of cascading ruffles along the top and will dazzle the racing crowd with its cobalt blue shade. Price £119.

A trick to elongate the leg when wearing a mid length outfit is to pair with footwear of the same colour. This way the eye sees the culotte and shoe as a continuation of each other.

Havana’s high heels from Office, will also help lengthen the look. Here in bright blue nubuck suede, but also available in black or beige. Price £69.

Add a juicy pop of orange with Claire Hedley’s handmade blue fascinator adorned with matching and contrasting orange sinamay swirls and arrow head turkey quill feather. Price £65.50 via Etsy.

Another top trend is the tassel earring. So as not to compete with the headwear, choose blue. This way the earrings will complement and allow the orange in the fascinator to shine. Take the plunge with a pair of deep blue sea silk tassel sterling silver earrings by Blue Day Today on Etsy. Price £26.

Although it has been popular in the past, the bum bag has never been the height of fashion but that has all changed. Wear it as it is for a sporty look but for the races turn to its sleeker and more elegant cousin – the belt bag.

Not only will this little belt bag free up your hands in a way your clutch could never, it can also cinch in your waist or if worn looser over your hips it can add that chic sports luxe touch to your outfit.

We’re going for a zest of lemon with Zara’s yellow belt bag. Price £15.99 Available in stores.

Accessories – Please Forget Me Not!

Say it with flowers and accessorise with a chunky resin floral bangle made of forget me nots and gypsophila by Buttonsy Jewellery. Price £35 via Etsy.

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

Chester Racecourse has launched their Official 2018 Style Guide, in association with McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks, in preparation for the new season and to get racegoers thinking about planning that perfect raceday outfit.

The guide brings to life the dress-code guidelines across all areas and enclosures at Chester Racecourse, whilst providing some fashionable inspiration with some carefully selected ensembles, from the extensive range of fashion brands available at Cheshire Oaks.

Planning is well underway to get the course in perfect condition for those both on and off the track and for racegoers, now’s the time to begin planning a winning outfit. No need to rely on the luck of the draw, ensure you’re first past the fashion post with some pre-raceday preparation.

The official Style Guide has now been revealed online at chester-races.com and showcases summer trends and a range of possible outfits perfect for a day at the races. This season we expect to see contemporary, statement dressing, with bold colour blocking and injections of pastel or monochrome.

A special competition has been announced to celebrate the launch of the guide and there are some fabulous prizes up for grabs, including hospitality at 188BET Chester Cup Day and an overnight stay at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel. Instagram blogger Olivia Laura is working collaboratively with Chester Racecourse and Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks to bring her influencer input and provide suggestions on accessorising the perfect raceday look. Expect much more exclusive content in the run up to the season start and information on two Best Dressed competitions running on City Day (Wednesday 9th May) for the gents and Ladies Day (Thursday 10th May) for the ladies.

Racegoers are encouraged to share their outfit inspiration on social media using the hashtag #ThisIsStyle and tag @ChesterRaces and @cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet for a chance to win tickets to opening day of the Boodles May Festival and join the conversation online.

Tickets, badges and a strictly limited number of hospitality packages for the Boodles May Festival, as well as all remaining fixtures in the 2018 Chester season are available to buy online at chester-races.com

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