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THE ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE

FLOWER AND QUILL FASCINATOR, JOHN LEWIS.

It’s nearly that time again. The very British occasion that is Royal Ascot. Taking place from June 18th, we’re all very familiar with this four day event that is held just outside London.  It’s a fun, quintessentially English affair that gets a massive amount of publicity in the press, mostly due to the flamboyant fashion.

Over the years, it’s turned into a lavish occasion where people really love to dress up. This historic event was founded by Queen Anne, way back in 1711, she was an avid fan of horse racing, a sport that has always interested the royals. Although it wasn’t until 1807 that Royal Ascot became the proper occasion that we all know now, with the introduction of the Gold Cup. It’s quite the spectacle with about 400 helicopters and 1000 limousines descending on Ascot with an average of 60,000 racegoers per day. 

We’ve all seen the pomp and ceremony in the press and on television. Everyday there’s a royal procession at 2pm where the king and accompanying members of the royal family arrive in  luxury carriages. This is an age old tradition starting with King George the 4th in 1825.

Everyone always wants to see who is wearing what. Especially focusing on the Royals.  Last year, At Royal Ascot, I was lucky enough to see the Princess of Wales  and she looked amazing in her striking red outfit. I’m sure she’ll be sadly missed this year.

Royal Ascot is also a time for the celebrities to hit the headlines.  Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, Alan Carr and Demie Moore have all been papped in their finery.

So what to wear? Many people get into a real flap about their outfits and often confused about  what exactly you are allowed to wear. Even these days, there are quite strict dress rules in Royal Ascot.  Well I thought I give you some hints and tips, so you’ll easily glide into your perfect  outfit. There are so many beautiful ‘Ascot’ dresses out there…..

GREEN RUFFLE DRESS, PHASE EIGHT. FLORAL PRINT PUFF SLEEVE MAXI, TED BAKER. MAGENTA WRAP MIDI DRESS, PHASE EIGHT.

And there are gorgeous hats too that’ll definitely fit the bill!

FUCHSIA PINK OCCASION HAT, RED LOOP FASCINATOR, PALE GREY SATIN TRIM HAT, ALL BY JOHN LEWIS.

First of all let’s quickly talk about the different dress codes for each enclosure.

MAGENTA PLEATED A-LINE DRESS, CLOSET LONDON. RED RUFFLE MAXI DRESS, PHASE EIGHT. FLORAL FUNNEL NECK DRESS, MONSOON.

Starting with THE ROYAL ENCLOSURE. This is the most prestigious out of all of the 4 areas in Royal Ascot.

Hats and headpieces must have a solid base of 4 inches. If you’re determined to wear a fascinator you can be crafty and add a base as I did last year. Otherwise Fascinators aren’t permitted or novelty hats, or ones which are excessively oversized or promoting a brand.

 Dress and skirt wise, here in the Royal Enclosure it’s quite stringent too. As they must fall just below the knee or longer. Halter necks, strapless, off the shoulder, Bardot necklines and one shoulder garments aren’t allowed either. Open back dresses are permitted as long as the straps are one inch or thicker. Sheer or nude coloured straps or sleeves are also not permitted. But lace, coloured tulle, and organza materials are allowed. Pashminas and jackets are permitted as long as everything else underneath complies. Trouser suits of matching materials are permitted. Culottes and jumpsuits are also allowed as long as they fall below the knee. So the fabulous dresses above are all perfect!

FORMAL MORNING SUITS AND WAISTCOATS BY CHARLES TYRWHITT

For men, it’s morning suits in black, grey or navy.  Slogans or promotional messaging or cartoon imagery are not allowed on waistcoats and neckties, But, patterned waistcoats and those of a patriotic nature are welcome!  Short sleeved shirts are only permitted if you don’t take off your jacket. Men must wear black dress shoes with socks covering the ankles. 

Top hats must be black or grey in the Royal Enclosure and any hat customised with ribbons, feathers or bands aren’t permitted. Top hats are only allowed to be removed within a restaurant, a private club garden, terrace or balcony. 

FUCHSIA HALTER NECK DRESS, AND PETUNIA FLOWER DETAIL MINI DRESS BOTH BY ADRIANNA PAPELL AT JOHN LEWIS. PINK CRINKLE BURST FASCINATOR BY JOHN LEWIS.

THE QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE is the second most formal area. Ladies can wear halter neck and strappy dresses. There is no minimum dress length. So these wonderful ones seen here would be perfect.  A headpiece is still required but in this enclosure you can opt for a fascinator too  – hooray!

For men it’s a full length two or three piece suit as well as mourning suit as you can see below.

TEXTURED WOOL SUIT, BEIGE SLIM-FIT WOOL BLEND SUIT, NAVY BLUE CHECK WOOL SUIT, ALL BY REISS.

Then onto THE VILLAGE ENCLOSURE where the dress code for ladies is very similar to Queen Anne’s. But, men can wear suit jackets and chinos, so blazers can be different material and styles to the trousers. For ladies, strapless dresses, one shoulder, or Bardot outfits aren’t permitted. Or are sheer types of fabric or visible midriffs. Obviously, no trainers, denim, leggings or shorts.

PINK BOW DETAIL A-LINE MINI DRESS AND GREEN COTTON MINI DRESS BOTH BY ADRIANNA PAPELL AT JOHN LEWIS. COTTON STRETCH SLIM BLAZER, CHARLES TYRWHITT.

Lastly, THE WINDSOR ENCLOSURE has no official dress code, but guests are encouraged to wear smart daywear. A hat, headpiece or fascinator are preferred and so are jackets and collared shirts for men. Even here though, no fancy dress, novelty, branded or promotional clothing is permitted. If you were thinking it would be fun to have a stag or hen party at Ascot, probably think again. As novelty sashes, badges and tiaras aren’t allowed.

So now we know the rules, what styles would be good for you? Well, it would not be advisable to wear a super tight outfit. You want to have fun on the day, so it’s important you feel really comfortable. 

FUCHSIA KITTEN HEEL SLING BACKS AND PALE PINK PEEP TOE SHOES BOTH BY GABOR. CHUNKY HEEL STRAPPY SANDAL, JOHN LEWIS. RED SLING BACKS WITH GOLD CHAIN DETAIL, DUNE.

And for the same reason, skyscraper high stilettos aren’t recommended, as you need to be able to walk from the enclosures to the race stands. Most of the areas are grassy, so you don’t want to ruin your heels by them sinking into the soft ground.  You are better off with a highish pair of shoes with a good base on the heel.

PINK FLORAL MIDI DRESS, PHASE EIGHT. GREEN PRINT, FLOATY DRESS, YUMI. BLUE BIG FLOWER PRINT DRESS, MONSOON.

Royal Ascot is a really great opportunity to show off a wonderful, flamboyant outfit. Here, balancing your look is key. So in order to keep it looking upmarket, I would always focus on one hero piece of clothing. If you’ve gone big with your hat, perhaps overflowing with feathers or flowers, I would compliment the look with a fabulous block colour dress. Vice versa if your opting for a really bold statement print dress like the ones above, I would elevate this look with an elegant one shade hat. 

FRESHWATER PEARL AND CUBIC ZIRCONIA DROP EARRINGS, JOHN LEWIS. FAUX PEARL PENDANT NECKLACE AND EARRINGS, IVORY & CO. INTERLOCKING RINGS STUD EARRINGS, TUTTI & CO.

Accessories are so important, Especially jewellery. Keep it classy with small expensive looking pieces. As if you have a statement hat or a show stopping dress, you don’t want jewellery to be fighting against your look. You want to exude elegance!

CORAL MINI CHAIN  HANDBAG, JOHN LEWIS. FUCHSIA LEATHER BAG WITH GOLD FASTENING, RADLEY. TURQUOISE SATIN WRIST BAG, LK BENNET. PALE PINK LEATHER CLUTCH BAG, HOBBS. VINTAGE LOOK FLOWER DETAIL BAG, RADLEY.

The same with bags, you want to elevate your look with a well made leather handbag. Smaller, compact bags look more the part. You won’t want to lug around a big heavy tote all day. These ones here are particularly lovely especially the ones with an upmarket chain strap or the ones that you can wear easily around your wrist.

So I hope this guide has taken the worry out of all those dress rules and etiquette. And that you’ll find that fabulous outfit that’ll make you stand out in the crowd at Royal Ascot!

LOVELY FRIEND AND CELEBRANT TARA HEATH-ARNOLD AND MYSELF AT THE ROYAL ENCLOSURE LAST YEAR. WHAT FUN! MY PINK DRESS, RIXO, FEATHER & ROSE HEADPIECE, HATS BY CRESSIDA.

IN THE PINK !

PINK JUMPER & FLARE JEANS BY TOP SHOP. GINGHAM FACE MASK IL GUFO

Brrrrr it hasn’t been the warmest May so far!  So, woolly pullys are definitely coming into their own with all these outside meet-ups in restaurants and gardens.

Now that lockdown rules have relaxed, I’m desperate to show off my new summer clothes, but mostly end up blue with cold instead of feeling ‘in the pink’ as I do now that ‘freedom’ is in sight!

So I’m just going for big chunky knits in bright summery shades and topping the lot with big throws….. I’m just so pleased things are moving on and embracing life!

LOCKDOWN LUXE

 

Even though lockdown is now easing, so many of us are still working from home. I don’t know about you, but the comfy, baggy, tracky bottoms and slouchy tops have long lost their appeal. Being a stylist, I felt I had to up my game if I wasn’t going to look lockdown loco! I still wanted something comfortable to wear, but needed to look more stylish for Zoom chats and greeting the postman in the morning!

 

So, I was really thrilled when Femme Luxe approached me about doing a collab with their lovely loungewear. I really like their streamline belted tunic and legging sets. They’re very flattering and cleverly concealed how much banana bread I’ve consumed over lockdown! I’ve never done a collab before so was excited to give it a go. I really enjoyed the whole experience, although I must say it was very weird being the other side of the camera. This influencing game is much more challenging than it looks. It’s like a multi-tasking test extraordinaire – being the model, make-up artist, hairdresser, stylist and art director whilst continually beaming like the brightest lighthouse at the camera. Thanks to Team Elgood – my hubster and daughter Lily who were remarkably patient on the shoot taking turns humouring me and snapping away on their iPhones. It’s amazing what my family will do for a takeaway curry and a couple of beers!

 

Anyway, click here to see the full fabulous loungewear range at Femme Luxe.

 

GREAT LENGTHS

High neck dress by Tredlist

I always feel happiest in a maxi dress and with all the Victoriana long dresses around this Autumn, we thought we’d shoot our own version of Cathy in Wuthering Heights.

The team all piled into my car one Thursday morning in August and headed for Hitchin Lavender Fields. I’d already done a shoot here using all shades of purple clothes in the lavender fields, so this time we used the rougher terrain there to achieve our windswept romantic look…….

Polka dot dress by Lace and Beads. Pearl hair clips by Top Shop.
Blush dress by Lace and Beads.
Dress by Trendlistr.
Print dress by Trendlistr.
Silk dress by Baby Ceylon.
Silk dress by Baby Ceylon.

PHOTOGRAPHY – LESLEY EDITH,  FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN,  HAIR & MAKE- UP – SIAN DUKE,  MODEL – ISHTAR AT NEVS

https://youtu.be/BW3gKKiTvjs

BRIGHT SPARKS

Purple and green metallic dress, Lalla X RR.

NEON has emblazoned so many runways this Spring. In these precarious times, it’s great to get some heart sizzling colour in our lives!  So, one cold Saturday morning in February, we met up at Lesley’s studio and created this. I love the movement, angles and the fantastic make-up by Keti that really completed the super bold look!

Purple and green metallic dress with feather skirt, Lalla X RR.
Pink Jumpsuit, Goddiva. Yellow neon scarf, Figleaves.
Pink Jumpsuit, Goddiva. Yellow neon scarf, Figleaves. Lime snake pattern sandals, Zara.
Orange dress, Mistress Rocks. Vegan trainers, M&S.
Orange dress, Mistress Rocks.
Striped, metallic knit sweater and skirt, Miss Red. Blue metallic hoops, Forever 21. Metallic blue courts, Bon Prix.
Hot pink sweater, Zara. Visor, Wrangler. Hoop earrings, Forever 21.
Hot pink sweater, Zara. Hoop earrings, Forever 21. Metallic blue shoes, Bon Prix.
Lime green dress, Goddiva.
Lime green dress, Goddiva. Silver courts, Bon Prix.
Blue shift dress, Miss Red. Metallic blue courts, Bon Prix. Scarf, Bon Marche.

Fashion Stylist – Becky John

Photography – Lesley Edith at Adrenelin Photographic

Hair & Make- Up – Keti Nikolova at Adrenelin Photographic

Model – Omolola at First Model Management.

SHAPES

Striped sweater and check leggings both Top Shop. Necklace Phannatiq. Trainers throughout Kurt Geiger.

I love all the gorgeous geometric prints around at the moment. So,we decided to do a shoot using these fab shape prints and have our model do some amazing body shapes too! Prior to the shoot we had had some wonderful weather and gorgeous blue skies…… But of course, come the day of our shoot the heavens opened and it poured all day! But every cloud has a silver lining and the grey skies created a really strong moody look….. take a look at the pics, I think you’ll love them!

Geometric print jumpsuit, Top Shop.

Pink faux fur coat, Amo Couture. Chevron sweatshirt, & Other Stories. Trousers, Ipseity at Wear The Walk
Red tracksuit top, Roklt. Geometric print trousers, Lalla X RR.
Lime green coat, Dear Freedom. Colourful print trousers, Amanda Thompson Couture.

Photographer – Lesley Edith @ Adrenalin Photographic

Fashion Stylist – Becky John

Hair & Make-Up – Niki Mark

Model – Saffron Reeve @ PRM London

ON WHITE HORSES

ANYA WEARS DRESS BY WILD & GORGEOUS

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Who knows what the next couple of months will bring. But in this world of uncertainty it’s lovely to create these magical pictures. We shot them way back in the Summer in The Cotswolds and  were lucky enough to have them published in Mini Maven this Christmas. The styling and inspiration came from a TV programme, ‘The White Horses’  I loved to watch as a child.  Yes, I’m feeling positive – it’s difficult not to, when I work with so many gorgeous and talented people. So, bring on 2019!

ANYA WEARS DRESS AND SLEEVES BY TUTU DU MONDE
LIVVY WEARS DRESS AND FEATHER SHRUG BY TUTU DU MONDE AND BALLERINA PUMPS BY H&M
ANYA WEARS WING TOP AND SKIRT BY ANGEL’S FACE. LIVVY WEARS CASHMERE SWEATER AND SKIRT BY MARIE-CHANTAL.
LIVVY WEARS STAR ORGANZA DRESS BY BILLIEBLUSH
ANYA WEARS DRESS BY ANGEL’S FACE AND CAPE BY TUTU DU MONDE. LIVVY WEARS DRESS AND CAPE BY TUTU DU MONDE.
ANYA WEAR WINGS TOP AND SKIRT BY ANGEL’S FACE
ANYA WEARS FAUX FUR JACKET AND RIPPED JEANS BOTH BY H&M. LIVVY WEARS FAUX FUR GILET, CARREMENT BEAU, WHITE HEART SHIRT, BILLIEBLUSH AND WHITE JEANS, MARKS & SPENCER. BOTH WEAR WHITE PUMPS BY CONVERSE AND FEATHER HEADRESSES MAKE BY ME USING HOBBYCRAFT PRODUCTS.

PHOTOGRAPHY – TARA KATHERINE. FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN. HAIR & MAKE-UP – KAMILA ROBERTS AT MACH MANAGEMENT. MODELS – ANYA AT GRACE & GALOR AND LIVVY AT OLOGY UK.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ANYA’S WONDERFUL MUM FOR LETTING US INVADE HER HOUSE AND USE THEIR BEAUTIFUL HORSE MISTY!

 

 

 

ROSE COLOURED SPECTACLE

Tops and tutus, Angel’s Face. Sunglasses, Zoobug.

Wow! It’s September – how did that happen? It’s very difficult to say goodbye to Summer this year. It’s been amazing and the sun has just kept on giving. One of the highlights of these hot, balmy days was doing this shoot in the majestic grounds of Littlecote House in the West Country.

 

We were thinking pink! So, when I turned up at the spectacular gardens, my car laden with party dresses and tutus, our hairdresser, Jess already had pink hair spray in hand and fab make-up artist Kamila was poised with beautiful rose petals for face decoration. Our three little pink ladies had such fun dressing up in all the gorgeous frothy clothes. Photographer Tara worked her magic and these beautiful images were published in Luna Magazine.

Dress in the middle, Billie Blush. Dresses either side, Wild & Gorgeous.
Star printed dress, Little Marc Jacobs.
Star printed dress, Little Marc Jacobs.
Cold shoulder dress, Carrement Beau.
Top and tutu both Angel’s Face.
Batwing dress, Their Nibs. Flower headdress, Astrobohemia.

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN. PHOTOGRAPHER – TARA KATHERINE, MAKE-UP – KAMILA ROBERTS, HAIR – JESS AT GOLDWORTHYS SALON. MODELS – OLIVIA, LIVVY AND LILY.

ROCKABILLY KIDS

Alexander wears sunglasses, Zoobug, clothes, River Island. Olivia wears sunglasses, Zoobug, clothes Angel’s Face.

I was thrilled to style the new sunglasses campaign for Zoobug London.  It’s a great brand, founded in 2006 by Dr Julie Diem and the first specialist eyewear company for kids. Not only do these sunglasses provide maximum protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but as you can see they are also super stylish too!

 

The theme ‘The Camden Rockabillies’ was perfect for Zoobug’s SS18 sunglasses collection with hip metal frames, small lenses and edgy mirrors – such a fabulous retro look.

 

We all had a blast, zooming around Camden on this shoot. The kids loved wearing the sunglasses and really got into the cool rockabilly style. They all looked amazing in their ‘rock and roll’ leather jackets, ripped jeans and swirly tutus. Great fun…….. can’t wait to meet up with the Zoobug gang again!

Madison wears metal frame glasses, Zoobug London, leather jacket, River Island and tutu, Angel’s Face.
Kitt wears metal frame sunglasses, Zoobug London, clothes River Island, trainers, Converse.
The Fabulous Zoobug Gang!
Ruby wears Daisy sunglasses, Zoobug London, clothes, H&M.
Alexander wears metal frame sunglasses, Zoobug London, leather Jacket, River Island.
Olivia wears metal frame sunglasses, Zoobug London, cardigan and tutu, Angel’s Face.

PHOTOGRAPHY – LESLEY EDITH,   FASHION STYLIST -BECKY JOHN,   HAIR & MAKE-UP – KETI NIKOLOVA

VALENTINE VIBE

Coral lace lingerie, Figleaves. Orange faux fur coat, Top Shop.

Well, Valentine’s Day is nearly here. So I thought I’d do a very glamorous lingerie shoot to put us all in the mood. Being February it’s far too chilly just to wear JUST your bra and knickers so I thought I’d throw in a couple of fur coats (faux of course darlings!) for good measure! Happy Valentine LOVE BIRDS !

Coral lace lingerie, Figleaves. Orange faux fur coat, Top Shop. 70’s print furniture, Monica Rivron Homeware at Hampstead Antique Emporium.
Pale pink lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Pale pink faux fur coat, Amazon Fashion.
Pale mink coloured lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Grey leopard coat, Peacocks.
Pale mink coloured lace lingerie, b.tempt’d. Grey leopard coat, Peacocks.
Purple and Red lace lingerie, Figleaves. Faux fur red coat, Zara.
Purple and red lace lingerie, Figleaves. Red faux fur coat, Zara.
Pale pink lace lingerie, Freya. Feather cape, Lalla X RR.
Pale pink lace lingerie, Freya. Feather cape Lalla X RR. Cane furniture, Monica Rivron Homeware at Hampstead Antique Emporium.

FASHION STYLIST – BECKY JOHN, PHOTOGRAPHY – IAN HOOTON, HAIR & MAKE-UP – ANNA DURSTON,  MODEL – CHRISTINE ILIEVA, HIVE AGENCY LONDON.