Spring may be just around the corner but The Cheltenham Festival is still considered a winter race.
Chances are you won’t be taking your coat off whilst watching the races, so for style your outerwear becomes the priority. Launched in 2015, Helen Howe Atelier is an award winning British designer label based in the UK and specialises in luxury but contemporary tweed with a feminine edge. Helen takes inspiration from her love of historical fashion and her childhood spent exploring the Scottish Highlands. We recommend you #RockitforRacing!
Her Jessie Cape made from 100% British tweed is fully lined in striking pink and features military style buttons. Price £495.
Helen is also a campaigner for ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry using British made tweed fabrics, supporting the regeneration of traditional quality manufacture in the UK and also serves to minimise the company’s carbon footprint.
Pair your cape with matching Alana high waisted culottes. Also fully lined and made from 100% British tweed. Price £295.
Bring out the blue in the check with Phoebe Grace’s silk jersey turtle neck in poppy print. As a layer against the skin and underneath another warmer layer, silk helps to maintain an even temperature when moving from warm indoors and cold outdoors. Price £200.
Run by mother and daughter, Phoebe Grace is a British designed brand reinventing luxe silk leisurewear into both fun and glamorous. Using 16mm pure silk, the patterns are designed in London and printed in Evesham, Samples and small orders are completed in Wimbledon with larger orders made in Bulgaria by a family run factory.
As mentioned, silk by itself will not keep you warm, so add another layer under the cape with Hayley Menzies’ red and pink Panthera jumper. Its boat neckline allows the silk top to still be visible. The leopard print sleeve with fringed detail gives a fresh approach to the animal print trend. Knitted from 100% Italian cotton. Price £190.
Launched in 2011, Hayley Menzies focuses on contemporary statement knitwear. Inspired by the spirit of Portobello (close to her showroom), Hayley combines elegance with a large dose of vintage and bohemian style. The brand works with sustainable manufacturers in the UK and Europe.
Although hats are not required, many women prefer to wear one to complete their racing day outfit. Don’t bring out your summer hats yet, stick to fabrics such as felt or faux fur to look stylish and keep warm.
Misa Harada’s Nico cap in turquoise velour adorned with a pearlised eye motif will add a pop of colour and glamour. Made in the UK. On sale was £240 now £168 but only one left. Check out her two other turquoise hats – Izzy and Sylvia.
Misa trained at the Royal college of Art in the mid 1990s and launched her own label at Paris Fashion Week in 1998.
Ankle boots are perfect for both cold and milder days. Just add thicker tights and a pair of socks if the weather is cold. Kick up that style notch with Hobbs’ Imogen boot in a deep red leather from their very own Italian shoe factory. Price £199.
A large size bag is very handy to carry gloves, scarves and even sunglasses if the sun does decide to shine. Steven Harkin’s handmade crossbody messenger bag in bright blue Italian leather combines practicality with style. Price £530 available via Etsy.