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Article: Race Day looks

Race Day looks
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Race Day looks

Race season is upon us and much like the Royal Wedding, you will only be admitted when sporting some fierce headwear and a seriously sophisticated frock. While the pretence of the day rests on the idea that everyone will be watching the horses, we know all too well that all eyes will be on the outfits. Even us normal folk will be in hot competition with the glitterati while mingling amongst the trays of champagne and horse boxes, so it is crucial to impress. Forget the jockeys; this is where the real action is. So as it is the season, here are some of Team LBD's favourite Race Day dresses that you'd be a fool to say neigh to... BLACK & WHITE Given that the 2013 catwalks have deemed it a must, it was inevitable we were going to discuss monochrome for one of your Race Day looks. And for a day that is steeped in tradition, we must say that this clean and contemporary trend creates a fabulous contrast. Depending on your inclination, you can go for full-on fantasy like Ms Dell'olio in her cascading fascinator, while the more cautious members among us can do simple sophistication like Colleen. Either way, make sure it's black and white. The Kate Fearnley Buttercup dress is the perfect dress choice for your day in the stands with its full, flared skirt and cute bow detail; it also has added strength when teamed with a matching fascinator and a colour-pop clutch. Get the monochrome race day look: Kate Fearnley Long Buttercup Dress in Monochrome, £180, Rachel Black Millinery Exchange Beret Headpiece, £85, Moda in Pelle Daphine Shoe in Black, £59.95, Moda in Pelle Missiebag Clutch Bag, £45.95. LITTLE BLACK LADIES' DAY Nothing says sophistication like the classic black dress, so express your ladylike charm this season in a delightfully dark number. This lacy dress from Reiss is all about easy elegance and the sleeves even cater to the ever-changeable British weather. Before things get too practical though, pop on a pair of sky-high heels in the form of these silver peep toes. They are totally unsuitable for a grassy lawn but when they look this good, who cares? For a nod to spring, an eye-catching corsage will work in lieu of an actual hat. Get the classic LBD look for Ladies' Day: Reiss India Black Lace Bodice Dress, £149, Moda in Pelle Instinct Silver Snakeskin Peep Toe Court Shoe, £69.95, Johnny Loves Rosie Over-sized Silk Ava Corsage in Purple, £75, Joy Everley Pearl Ear Studs, £49. SPRING BLOOMS As spring arrives and the flowers begin to bloom, this is our cue to take a step into the pale; if it's good enough for royalty (Beatrice counts right?), than it's certainly good enough for us! The Pretty Dress Company is more than ready to cater to such needs with their beautiful floral dress. In a delicate shade of cream, and with a sweetheart neckline, it is also made out of a special stretch fabric that instantly flatters your figure. Add this unusual feather headband to have you looking fashion-forward rather than flower power. Get the floral look for race-side fun: The Pretty Dress Company Seville Hourglass Dress in Cream, £101, Johnny Loves Rosie Pearl Ball Necklace in Gold, £16, Rachel Black Millinery Floating Feather Headpiece, £47, Moda in Pelle Keleese Shoe in Nude Patent, £59.95. SHE'S A LADY For those who worship the style of Sarah Jessica Parker, this is the look for you. Smart and structured, they add elegance to any outfit plus ward off the chills during a day in the great outdoors. A more demure upper half means you have freedom to raise your hemline a couple of inches to compensate. Make like SJP in this fabulously formal nude jacket and little white dress; add a string of pearls to complete the look. Dress like a lady for Race Day: Lipstick Boutique Eve Dress in Cream, £75, Bourne Nicole Jacket in Nude, £221, Johnny Loves Rosie Metal Headband with Beaded Leaf Detail, £39, The Paula Bolton Collection White Pearl and Necklace Set, £48. COLOUR POP Welcome summer with open arms in an eye-popping shade on Ladies Day. Wishful thinking? Instead, brighten up a cloudy sky dressed in your favourite bold hue; from shocking crimson to neon mint and the brightest fuchsia, anything is fair game at the races so take your pick. Team LBD suggests this bold Kate Fearnley dress, which nips you in at the waist and creates curves in all the right places, whilst oozing statement style. Add some eye-catching finishes with a look-at-me fascinator and some glitzy heels. Get statement colour-pop ladies day style here: Kate Fearnley Azui Dress in Pink and Red, £180, Rachel Black Millinery Heart Headpiece, £85, Moda in Pelle Lilobag Clutch in Black, £45.95, Moda in Pelle Rizora Shoe in Silver, £89.95. Shop all Race Day dresses here.

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