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STYLE ADVICE: Dare to be different at Ascot

Posted on: June 30, 2014

On the longest day of the year I was fortunate enough to spend it sipping champagne and soaking up the glorious sunshine in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. In the run up to such a popular event in the British summertime calendar, what to wear is a hotly discussed topic amongst women everywhere – How long does my dress have to be? Isn’t there some rule around shoulder strap width? And what about a hat!? Having said this, I’m not surprised that it is one of our most popular Style Advice questions here at Dressipi.

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Never being one to 100% conform to dress codes, and wanting to avoid the minefield that is finding the perfect dress that no one else will have, I decided to go bold and wear one of this season’s biggest but perhaps trickiest trends – the one and only jumpsuit. My quest for the perfect jumpsuit began a good two years ago, and after many failed attempts I finally found one that ticked all the right boxes for me – a black Topshop strapless number. But how to make my new purchase Ascot appropriate, or indeed, summer occasion appropriate?

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Black is the perfect canvas to be able to add bursts of summery colours to, so why not start with a pair of cobalt blue heels from Kurt Geiger? Does it matter that I’m already 5’8″ and the last thing I need is a pair of killer heels? Absolutely not…

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The next hurdle was what hat to wear – an absolute minefield for someone who rarely wears hats but loves the idea of them. I decided that I wanted something summery and a bit out of the ordinary, so it was through my sister’s friend Rosie I’Anson, a Milliner, that I was lucky enough to be able to wear this gorgeous flowery creation. She has some absolutely stunning hats which you can see here.

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With a statement piece such as this, I decided to keep accessories simple and to a minimum. My old faithful gold hoop earrings, similar to these ones from New Look did just the trick, and an over the shoulder bag from Whistles was perfect for carrying all the essentials. What I love about it is that it can easily be turned into an oversized clutch by taking the strap off, meaning it is an incredibly versatile and timeless essential.

Picture1All that was left to decide on was something to cover my shoulders as my jumpsuit was strapless (shhh…an Ascot Royal Enclosure no-no but one that can be easily avoided if you simply don’t take your cover up off!). I went for another Topshop number, this white slimline blazer – an absolute staple which will go with countless other items in my wardrobe, and one that can be dressed up or down in a jiffy.

Picture3So there you have it, a winning jumpsuit combination that can be used for many a summery occasion; be it Henley Regatta, weddings or garden parties. All that’s left to do is enjoy that champagne and soak up those rays…

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