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Dressing For The Occasion

As the seasons are beginning to change and Autumn is approaching, we caught up with Jackie from Bawtry based Incognito, a designer dress boutique and one of our Go Racing In Yorkshire Ladies Day Final sponsors, to find out what’s on trend and what they will be looking for from the finalists.

According to Jackie and her sister Bernie, dresses are always a first choice for the racing calendar and it would seem anything goes!  Prints, florals, block colour or classic monochrome.  Hem lengths can be mini to midi but they would never advise long – this is more suited to summer weddings, garden parties and the dance floor.  It tends to be less practical for a day at the races.

Alternatively a well-tailored suit, either trouser or skirt is always a winner and the popularity of the jump suit continues to rise.

A day at the races can often mean being on your feet as you walk around to see the horses in the parade ring, before making your way to watch them race up the home straight, with perhaps a little trip to the bookies in between.  That’s before a trip to the restaurant or champagne terrace!  Therefore, either a block heel or wedges make life much easier.  If stilettos are your thing, try and keep a fold up pair of flats in your handbag to change into for the journey home.

After a very strange 18 months, people are still craving colour, pinks, blues, winter white and print combinations of all of these.  It’s a great opportunity to pull through from spring 21 and feed it into early Autumn purchases, making your wardrobe work harder for you.  We all feel robbed with a lack of events, occasions and opportunity to socialise and anticipate that there will be a lot of effort on the dressing up front over the next year.

We have seen a lot of effort going into the outfits and turnout at the Ladies Day’s so far and to date, florals have been very popular among our racecourse finalists with a hint of monochrome.  A hat or fascinator ties everything together and adds to the occasion, while the accessories of handbag, belt and even gloves and umbrellas offer the elegant finishing touch.

When it comes to the final, our judges will be looking for style-led looks, appropriate hem lengths which will be cutting edge but keeping the occasion and season in mind.

Incognito offers the best choices to racegoers and Jackie and Bernie are keen racegoers themselves, meaning they not only get to share in their stylish customers enjoyment of the event but can also keep an eye on trends arising on course.

Their involvement with the Go Racing in Yorkshire Best Dressed Lady is a natural fit for this stylish boutique and we look forward to seeing them at the final at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday 23rd October when the pressure will be on to find the Best Dressed Racegoer in Yorkshire!