THREE FAILSAFE ST LEGER FESTIVAL FAVOURITES

Just a few days stand between you and one of the biggest social events of the year. The St Leger Festival isn’t just one of the most prestigious race weeks on the horse racing calendar, it’s also a day to up the ante in the style stakes.

We have already shared our St Leger style secrets but wouldn’t it be great if an exceptionally fashionable fairy godmother could whip up something special just in time for the big day, accessories and all? Well, you can thank us later because that is just what we have done with out three failsafe outfit options. With the stress taken out of last minute outfit planning, you’ll be free to start scouting the race card and picking a winner!

Here are three outfits and coordinating accessories from designers including Michael Kors, Mulberry, Boutique Moschino and more. Visit us in store this weekend to shop your St Leger race day look.

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THE SECRETS TO ST LEGER RACE DAY STYLE 

The horses aren’t the only thing on parade at the annual St Leger Festival; have you planned an outfit to pip the rest to the post?

There’s less than a week to go until the region’s finest fillies gather for the St Leger, one of the social highlights of the whole year. The race is on to find an outfit for the most anticipated weekend of the summer and here at Robinsons we are on hand to help in your time of need, with our St Leger race day style secrets.

The races are a time for a flutter and they are one of the few occasions on which you can afford to take a gamble when it comes to your outfit too. Dressing for the St Leger can be a minefield littered with sartorial slip ups, so we’re sharing some top tips that’ll take the hard work out of outfit planning, even if you have left it until the very last minute!  

STRING OUT SUMMER IN FLORALS

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without florals, but ditzy prints and bold blooms have a tendency to find themselves relegated to the back of our wardrobes when the warm weather shows the slightest sign of simmering down. Given its mid-September date, the St Leger Festival is an opportunity for one last hurrah for your favourite floral looks. Black accessories will toughen up your races look and take it away from high summer status. Opting for a black shoulder bag like the gorgeous goat leather Mulberry Lily with gold accents will leave your hands free for marking up that race card and placing bets.

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DON’T SHY AWAY FROM STATEMENT SHADES  

Going back to taking a gamble, one of the simplest ways to update your St Leger look is to turn your attention to statement shades that you might otherwise find yourself overlooking. Nothing catches the attention quite like a bold pop of colour in a sea of neutrals and we adore this look by Boutique Moschino. The 1960s boat neck, A-line shift and mini length would do Twiggy proud. Most importantly, the shorter hem will look just as good with pointed flats as it does with sky-high heels.   

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 RETHINK RACE DAY HATIQUETTE

Aside from races and weddings, there aren’t many opportunities to wear a hat or headpiece, so we say go all out. Subtle fascinators can add a final flourish to statement looks that would be overpowered by a more flamboyant hat, so opt for a sprig of something in a coordinating colour and let your outfit do the talking. Alternatively, use your accessories to make the statement. With summer not too distant a memory, you can still get away with a straw boater, especially one worn slightly to the side so you can peek seductively out from beneath. 

FLATS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FABULOUS

It is hard to believe that flats were ever considered frumpy, particularly now that they are more in fashion than ever before. From ballet pumps to statement satin slippers, flats have never been more fabulous and even those who were once staunchly averse to a lack of a heel are embracing them with gusto. Heels are hard work at the races, so join the rest of the fash pack in shunning them, accessorising your Versace dress with a pair of leg-elongating pointed toe flats instead. We promise you will thank us for it by the last race.

With the St Leger just around the corner, let us take the hard work out of your last minute outfit planning. Visit Robinsons today at 2 South Parade, Bawtry, DN10 6JH for some race day inspiration. We’re open 7 days a week, with free parking available outside the shop. 

OUR FIVE STYLE RULES FOR YOUR RACES LOOK

And they’re off! The St Leger is just around the corner and you’re running out of time to find a races outfit that sees you leading out front.

The annual St Leger is one of the most anticipated events on our social calendar and part of its appeal is the opportunity to get suited and booted. If your day-to-day look is more casual, a chance to slide a suit jacket over your shoulder, polish the leather on those dress shoes and adjust the knot on your tie is almost as exciting as watching the horses do their thing on the track.

The stakes are high but there’s still time to avoid a races fashion faux-pas. Here are seven style rules to follow that’ll help you on your way to the finish line.

CUT IS KING

When it comes to suiting, cut really is king. Tailoring is very much alive and kicking, and no other item in your wardrobe is worth getting just right. Speak to our style specialists in store today and find out more about our suit tailoring services.

KNOW WHEN TO MAKE IT MATCH

When it comes to your accessories, there are two rules regarding matching; your shoes and belt should, your tie and pocket square should not. Instead, look for a pocket square in a coordinating colour but not a matching print. 

GO HARD ON THE ACCESSORIES

The fastest way to ensure you’re a cut above the rest is to use your accessories to add some personality to your look. Invest in some great quality cufflinks, wear your finest dress watch, add some colour with bright socks and if you’re feeling particularly dapper, accessorise your traditional tweed with a pocket watch. Leave the monocle at home.

FREE THE CUFF

A well-cut suit should show no more than a centimetre of your shirt cuff below. Which is why those cufflinks should be ones that are well worth showing off. We’re big fans of Mulberry’s sleek circular styles.

PULL YOUR SOCKS UP

It’s not just the colour of your socks that matters, it’s their length too. They should be long enough to cover your legs when your trousers rise up as you sit down.

Be a winner in the style stakes this St Leger. Visit Robinsons today to shop your look.