Fashion: Ladies’ Day at Musselburgh Racecourse

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Birthday celebrations call for a big party, and we all know that’s the perfect excuse to dress to the nines.

After a decade of glitz, glamour and galloping, Ladies Day at Musselburgh Racecourse is set to sparkle once again as the dazzling raceday returns for its tenth anniversary celebrations.

Picture: Jane Barlow

Picture: Jane Barlow

Saturday’s Stobo Castle-sponsored event will once again welcome a sea of fashionistas sporting divine dresses, luscious locks and a gorgeous glow. Giving the ladies of Ascot, Aintree and Cheltenham a run for their money, the Capital’s chicest residents will be out in force sporting this season’s strongest looks.

With prizes awarded for the most sophisticated attendees, including the coveted “Queen of Style” title – a £3,000 prize for the best dressed female – there is even more reason to dress to impress. But what to wear and how to style it?

“Ladies Day is all about the girls; the perfect excuse to go all out embracing the season’s hottest trends,” explains Siobhan Lamb, personal shopper at Debenhams.

“It’s all about elegance, finesse and femininity! Race day is exhilarating and the ideal time to indulge in champagne and celebrations with friends, all while looking knockout in something a little special.”

“It’s not often we ladies get to push the boat out in the style stakes, but Ladies Day is most definitely the time to do so. Opt for a statement dress or stellar accessories that lift a simple style. Sophisticated tailoring is key. Don’t be tempted to forgo fabulous for comfort.”

This summer prints reign supreme. From exotic tropical and graphic designs inspired by foreign climes as seen at Givenchy, Hermes and Valentino, to ladylike florals that were a staple on the runways at Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior. Go bold with a striking printed maxi or embrace botanicals with a delicate floral silk number.

Pink burst back on to the catwalks this season, with the likes of Balmain, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang all tipping their hat to this most feminine of shades. From fuschia and vivid neon, to pretty pastels and muted blush, all shades go so it needn’t look too girly. Combine with simple nudes for a sophisticated take or combine vibrant pinks with zingy shades of coral and orange to stand out from the crowd.

A timeless classic, monochrome is always a failsafe go-to. Simple shift dresses with contrasting black and white accessories may not sound exciting on paper but can be the most striking look of all.

To top it all off, Siobhan recommends experimenting with a dramatic hat or fascinator: “No race day would be complete without some fantastic millinery. Breathe life into a simple outfit with a standout hat and you’ll be surprised how many heads will turn! Try a delicate fascinator that makes the colours on your dress sing, or try a saucer style hat if you want something in-between. Accessories are a good way to experiment with colour blocking; a teal headpiece against a fuschia dress for example makes both colours pop without clashing,” she says.

The main thing to focus on is fun; try something new, embrace patterns, print and vibrant shades, and amp up the look with stunning accessories.

Newly crowned Face of Ladies Day, Laura Fraser loved experimenting with new styles and colours: “This season’s looks are all quite different from what I would normally wear. I was really surprised at how versatile such bold colours and patterns could be. Where better to try something new than at Ladies Day!”

“I think it’s important to keep it classy; you don’t need to show flesh to make an outfit work. I love using key structured pieces and showing just my shoulders off or a little leg. Work an outfit around your best features. Siobhan has given me some amazing new ideas and I’m not sure which direction I’ll go in now!”