The young Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, so let’s fly the flag vintage style.

The Wartime Princess

(Pictured right) This distressed cotton Union Jack shirt was inspired by the flags and celebration of VE day (8th May 1945) when our queen was still a princess.

Price £60 and available from



The shirt will look great with the high-waisted and wide-legged Swing trousers but for the races glam it up with Tara Starlet‘s satin Hourglass skirt in rich red. This below-the-knee ladylike look is one of the key trends this year. Price £65.

Seamed stocking were all the rage in the '40s and when they were scarce during the war that didn’t stop those fashionistas from having gorgeous pins. Firstly they stained their legs with tea and then they’d ask a friend, sister or mother (the one with the steadier hand) to draw a line down the back of their legs.

No problems here with these M&S Limited Collection ‘Made in Britain’ back seam tights.

Price £9.50 from

With Upper Street you can design your own pair of shoes, and for the Jubilee they’ve produced the Rule Britannia Mary Jane peep toe shoe using navy suede, red snakeskin and white leather. Price £285.

But you still can customise it by changing the material and rearranging the colours.

Shoe sizes range from 1.5 to 10 and fittings from narrow C to extra wide EE.

The Young Queen

In the early '50s the full circle skirt was very fashionable and now this ladylike style has come back in vogue – you can say it’s ‘come full circle’.

Jane & Marilyn dresses are inspired by the glamour of the 1950s. The Peacock blue dress is 100% silk taffeta with matching wide belt, button front fastening and bracelet-length sleeves which can be worn up or down. Plus it ticks all of the Royal Ascot Enclosure dress code boxes.

Price £845 from

The bracelet-length sleeves of the Peacock dress are ideal for displaying the Tresor Paris Union Jack Crystal magnetite bracelet. This British inspired piece mixes crystal spheres sporting the union flag design with magnetite spheres.

Price £149. More designs on under the Union Jack collection. 

Headscarves were popular in the '50s either worn the traditional way or around the neck. Roll this Union Jack scarf by lengthwise and tie around your neck with a knot to the side. Price £5.99. 

Stiletto or kitten heel courts were the trend to wear with full skirts but ballet pumps were also very popular. This is good news for a day at the races where heels are in danger of sinking in to the grass and mud.

Cocorose have brought out a new Luxury Heritage Made in England calf leather ballet pump which are handcrafted in Northampton. These pumps are fully leather lined and are designed with a slow memory foam (Poron) for underfoot cushioning.

Price £180. Colour choice is black, taupe and rich burgundy red to keep with our Jubilee theme.

Structured handbags and clutches were popular in the '50s.

Aspinal of London has brought out the Brit Manhattan clutch bag. Handmade in Sapphire Blue Italian calf leather with a hand stitched Union Jack design on the front and a detachable heavy gilt chain.

Price £325 from






Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International. You can read more of Karen's fashion advice at:

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Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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