What to wear to high-society events!

Summer is upon us, and with it, a slew of high-society events that demand our utmost attention. There’s nothing like finding that perfect outfit, but it can be tricky, as each event has written and unwritten rules on what to wear and what not to wear. But, there’s no need to panic, as there’s plenty of time and more than enough styles and designer brands to go around! Whether it’s Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta, Goodwood, Glyndebourne, or Wimbledon, we’ve got you covered with this list of essential guidelines and tips that will ensure you look the part.

Racing off at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot has recently updated its dress code, so it’s important to be aware of any changes if you’ve been to this event in recent years. Ascot chief executive Charles Barnett stated that Royal Ascot wants to promote ‘modern and stylish dress,’ as long as it is ‘within the parameters of formal wear.’ So, what are these parameters, then?

Well, ladies are required to wear skirts that fall beneath the knee or lower and a hat or a ‘headpiece which has a base of 4 inches or more in diameter’ (their words, not mine). Strappy or off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are a no-no but you can wear sleeveless. It’s best to start with a dress you like, and then pick a hat, jacket (depending on the weather) and shoes to match. We don’t think you can go wrong with our Eucalyptus dresses, which range from sumptuously summery Rose colours, to navy floral designs, all equally stylish and unequivocally classy. From there, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect jacket or coat and you’re ready to go!

Out of Xile Silk Habotai Top and linen skirt in rose pink available from colmershill.com
Out of Xile Silk Habotai Top and linen skirt in rose pink from colmershill.com

Centre Court at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a tricky one, but we welcome the challenge, don’t we ladies? You’ll need something trendy and sleek, but also comfortable. As a general rule of thumb, it’s probably best not to go too short or tight – think billowing, stylish, and classy. Plus, you want to make sure you’re feeling comfortable, as you’ll no doubt be sitting down for quite a large part of the day.

If the weather’s good (fingers crossed!), then you’ll need some trendy sunglasses to protect you from the sun. As stylish as they may be, it’s a tad frowned upon to wear big hats to Wimbledon, as it can obscure the view for the person sitting behind you. These stylish Powder Sunglasses come in a variety of styles and will keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Powder tortoiseshell sunglasses from www.colmershill.com
Powder tortoiseshell sunglasses from http://www.colmershill.com

Looking Good at Goodwood

At Goodwood, like with many of these events, the dress code varies depending on which enclosure you’ve chosen. Make sure you’re aware of the differences before you start composing your outfit!

Eucalyptus Lily May Dress from colmershill.com

Unlike Wimbledon, hats are more than welcome and will give your outfit that extra sparkle. Plus, they are great in combination with retro dresses, which provides that incredibly sought-after vintage look. The Eucalyptus Lily May dress is perfect for this, as the red and white floral patterns can be effortlessly combined with a light cardigan and a stylish hat.  Retuned also have a great selection of classy summery dresses which would be perfect for Goodwood. Make sure to check out the Retuned Emily Red Floral Dress, which is both subtle and intricate at the same time.

P.S. The organisers explicitly mention on the website that they don’t advise stiletto heels, as the terrain can be a bit up and down, so make sure to keep this in mind when you’re putting your outfit together!

Retuned Red Floral smocked dress £69 available on colmershill.com
Retuned Red Floral smocked dress £69
Retuned retro styled lemon and navy print dress available at colmershill.com
Retuned retro styled lemon and navy print dress

Time to shine at Glyndebourne

If you’re going to Glyndebourne and you love full evening dress, then you’re in luck! If I had to pick one brand that stuck out from the rest for this occasion it would be Out of Xile, as they pretty much have everything you need to look as classy as is womanly possible! They’ve got a simply beautiful collection of bubble skirts and gorgeous Bell Dresses from their Ribbon Stripe Collection, which all come paired with their own elegant and unique design elements.

If you’re looking for a coat to combine this with, check out this gorgeous Out of Xile Linen Coat – the perfect addition to any classy outfit. It features intricate floral details on the collar and the back, providing just a little more intrigue, without compromising on the subtle nature that is so characteristic of the Out of Xile look.

Out of Xile bubble hem dress (or skirt) with Andrea Top available from colmershill.com
Out of Xile bubble hem dress (or skirt) with Andrea Top

Going Traditional at Henley Regatta

When it comes to the dress codes, we’ve saved the strictest for last. Henly Regatta is known for its strict guidelines so it’s important to get it right.

The dress code is meant to emulate that of a traditional English Garden Party, so think traditional clothes with a real vintage look. Trousers are a big no-no, so it’s time to get out your traditional Edwardian-styled dresses. For coats think of something along the lines of the Out of Xile Crinkle Collection Coat, a luxuriously ornate design with knotted details on the front and back, resembling rose buds. Perfect for the summer season!

Colmers Hill Fashion are here to help!

At Colmers Hill, we don’t do mediocre service. We guarantee one on one style advice and can help you prepare for any events, whether it’s the British High Society events or not. In short, we help you compose flattering outfits that truly mirror your unique personality. So, please don’t be shy, as you can always contact us for any style advice or questions about our clothes.

Credits: Images from Simon Emmett Photography, Fiona Baker Millinery for providing the fabulous hats and Jane Briggs-Harrison @janelymehair for the hair styling

Razzle dazzle them this Christmas

The festive season is upon us and we are revelling in our party wear. Everything we love about winter fabrics is here: velvet, cashmere, lace, sparkle and shine. We’ve done the hard work for you and you’ll find dresses and separates which are individual, pretty and stylish. No need to pound the pavements or stress about what to wear, just browse our new collections and be inspired! If you need guidance and advice, feel free to call us or email us; we’d love to help.

Our style masterclasses with Lindsay Punch have confirmed a common worry about dressing appropriately for our age and not looking like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ – yucky expression. Such is our dread of being judged that we are almost in danger of going the other way and blending into the background.

We say, if you can’t have fun with fashion at Christmas, when can you?! It doesn’t need to be a comedy jumper; you can look fabulous, festive with quality clothes that express your personality and make you stand out from the crowd.

Have a snoop through our selection box of party outfits. We’ve grouped them in descending order of bling, beginning of course, with the sparkliest!

Full-on glamour

If you want a real showstopper, look no farther than Darling’s Renee dress. This is truly a work of art: beautifully embellished with silver and bronze sequins and embroidery. The style is simple and classic, a mesh bodice and fully lined below with a soft taupe fabric.

Darling Renee sequin dress available on www.colmershill.com priced at £135
Darling Renee Sequin Dress £135

Collectif’s gold star dress is like a beautiful foil-wrapped chocolate: gorgeous on the outside and pure quality on the inside. Its fit and flare style holds you comfortably in all the right places.  Appropriately named Trixie Atomic – you will look and feel like the biggest star in your personal galaxy.

Collectif Atomic Star Dress £59 available on www.colmershill.com
Collectif Atomic Star Dress £59

Midi skirts are still a big trend and Cotton Brothers’ gold pleated skirt has an urban  sophistication and is flattering and easy to wear. Team with a simple black jumper from Darling or a beaded vest top by Myrine.

Cotton Brothers Gold Pleated Skirt £55 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Gold Pleated Skirt £55

A sprinkle of stars

If full on glamour isn’t for you, take the bling down a level with separates in rich patterns, metallic and a dusting of diamante.

Robell trousers look and feel great and inspire any number of party outfits. We have a gorgeous range of printed trousers new in, such as the silver jacquard print or the black rose print.  Balance the bling with a soft cashmere knit from Luella or Cocoa.

Robell printed trousers available in black or aubergine £75 available on www.colmershill.com
Robell printed trousers available in black or aubergine £75

Alternatively, we have the Darling Ana cigarette trousers which come in a smart, textured patterned fabric. Team this up with a simple ivory top or a thin knit.

Darling Ana Cigarette Trousers £79 available at www.colmershill.com
Darling Ana Cigarette Trousers £79

A sparkly poncho instantly puts you in the party mood. Malissa J trimmed ponchos were a massive hit last year and their new styles are equally tempting. Alternatively, go with   the metallic trend with a Cotton Brothers gold or silver shift top. Wear with plain skirt such as the Cotton Brothers pleather skirt.

MalissaJ Diamante Raining Beaded Poncho £55 available on www.colmershill.com
MalissaJ Diamante Raining Beaded Poncho £55
Cotton Brothers silver top £45 and pleather skirt £45 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers silver top £45 and pleather skirt £45
Cotton Brothers Sequin Stripe Top £45 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Sequin Stripe Top £45

Understated glamour

If you are looking for low key impact check out Myrine’s beautiful Jupiter spot dress in mulberry or navy. This dress is classically Myrine: combining flattering style with an imaginative spot print with subtle sparkle.

Myrine Jupiter Polka Dot Dress £101.50 available at www.colmershill.com
Myrine Jupiter Polka Dot Dress £101.50

Cotton Brothers black crepe and velvet blouse is beautifully luxurious and very classy. Team with a black or green pleather skirt by Soaked in Luxury, or go for black supersoft faux suede trousers by Robell.

Cotton Brothers Semi Sheer Top with Velvet Neckline £55 available on www.colmershill.com
Cotton Brothers Semi Sheer Top with Velvet Neckline £55

Red is always a winner at Christmas; try this deep cherry Collectif dress, which is so pretty and festive. It will take you everywhere you want to go.

Collectif Delphine Swing Dress £69 available at www.colmershill.com
Collectif Delphine Swing Dress £69

This is just a snapshot of what we have online. In the shop you will also find lots of Envy and Treaty jewellery, Powder accessories, plus quality shoulder and clutch bags to complete your look.

Now, surely it must be time to put something fizzy in the fridge…

Happy shopping!

 

 

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