On Tuesday I was off to the races for the opening day of Royal Ascot for the second year running. I had so much fun last year after experiencing it for the first time and getting all dressed up, that I couldn't wait to do it all again; there's just one substantial difference this time round...I had a 6 month baby bump to work round! It wasn't too much of the mammoth task as I thought it might, as I am lucky with the fact my bump is still fairly modest. Therefore I was able to root around in my wardrobe and find a lovely little coral bodycon number, that had only been worn once before for a couple of hours, (as I said in a previous post, I've turned into quite a thrifty dresser as of late, to save my pennies for all things cute and teeny tiny!) picked up a good as new hat in a charity shop and finished my look off with subtle gold jewellery and a coral lip.
As I did last year, I wanted to create some outfit inspiration to show the array of styles, colours and patterns to choose from if anyone is struggling with deciding on their Ascot style. Now the pieces I have chosen are quite pricey, but remember, you don't have to spend a fortune on your outfit; get creative and have a rummage round some charity shops, I guarantee you'll be amazed at some of the gems hiding among the dusty old books and chintzy crockery!
Stand out from the crowd in colour popping brights...
Pink notch neck jacket: Topshop, £55, Kiara jacquard citrus shift dress: Reiss, £149, Sandals: Topshop, £62.
...play it safe with monochrome or a pretty floral number...
Floral print dress: Karen Millen, £160, Sara hat: John Lewis, £125, Rose shift dress: Jigsaw, £149, Lisa hat: John Lewis, £125, Liliana stiletto court shoes: Reiss, £139.
...or keep your look uber feminine with cute and girly embroidery or stay chic with a tailored, ladylike silhouette. With so many gorgeous choices out there, your possibilities are endless!
Hoop heeled sandals: ASOS, £45, Embroidered lemon dress: Karen Millen, £190, Curved seam jacket: Reiss, £195, Printed pencil dress: Karen Millen, £160, Grazia geometric sandals: Reiss, £99, Plated leather tote: Topshop, £75.
What's your signature occasion wear style?