Horses for courses: hats, heels and stable staples

here comes summer

K Frocker enjoying the sunshine

The sun has made a welcome re-appearance in these parts, which has not only helped brighten everyone's mood but has also encouraged us all to look out the summer frockery that has been patiently awaiting the arrival of warmer weather at the back of our wardrobes - or, in the case of our more organised sisters, in carefully packed storage boxes labelled 'summer clothes'  (that's so not us!)

Having just received a reminder about the upcoming Perth Races, we thought we'd put together a look for Ladies Day on 14th May, which raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It promises to be a fabulous event with live music, entertainment and first class hospitality to complement the afternoon's racing. It is also the perfect excuse to glam up in posh frocks, hats and heels, not least of all because there are prizes for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Male and Best Hat.

perth races ladies day

Enjoying Ladies Day (Image credit: Perth Races)

Of course you don't need to spend a fortune to achieve the wow factor (and possibly carry off the top £1000 prize!)  Our featured race outfit combination comprises an elegant pink peplum bow front dress by Dorothy Perkins (a snip at just £20), accessorised with an ivory brimmed hat with faux flower trim (from our own collection, but this Peter Bettley beauty would also turn heads!) and an Episode ivory crochet fringed stole.

day at the races ladies day outfit

day at the races outfit

We absolutely love these Capollini ivory ribbon tie high heeled ivory sandals and the faux ostrich handbag is just the right size to to hold the requisite paraphernalia (and winnings!) on your day at the races. Don't forget the pearls and sunnies!

day at the races outfit

day at the races outfit

You'll find more ideas in our Day at the Races section!

Talking of horses, two of the frockers are going riding next month for the first time in years (decades, actually) and will need to don some suitable stable staples so that we look the part when we get on (and hopefully don't fall off) our cuddies!  We'll post pics as evidence at a later date, but here's one possible outfit from our catalogue that might fit the occasion without breaking the bank.

snowgoose padded jacket

Snowgoose padded jacket

moschino indigo jeans

Moschino indigo denim jeans

red guernsey sleeveless cardigan

Red Guernsey sleeveless cardigan

faded blue denim shirt

Faded blue denim shirt

black leather riding boots

Black leather riding style boots

equine tooled leather belt

Equine tooled leather belt

You can also check out our Country Life section for more ideas!

And finally, our Grand National favourite this year (for no particular reason) is:  Night in Milan.