We’re on the final stretch for the Flat racing season with the last major event being the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20th October 2018.

We wouldn’t like to bet on the weather being warm and sunny so try a midi dress with long sleeves – a great transitional piece allowing you to layer underneath with a thermal t-shirt and thick tights if it is a bit nippy.

Gallop ahead of the fashion crowd in Hobbs Claudine dress with its equestrian print and cowl neckline mirroring the style of the western bandana scarf. Price £160.

Here shown with Aurora Western belt. Price £59.

Both will be in Hobbs store/website at the end of Sept/beginning of Oct.

Hats are not compulsory for British Champions Day with many ladies choosing not to wear one; however it is still a major racing event and will complete your fabulous outfit. Don’t go too ostentatious; aim for a subtle style rather than the flamboyant feathers and frills.

Beverley Edmondson’s tobacco fedora is a classic style with an eye-catching twist – a row of leaping horses around the brim. A perfect match for the Claudine dress. The wooden horses with their twinkling Swarovski crystal eyes attract just enough attention without going overboard. Price £175 and available now, just contact Beverley.

Complement the fedora with a pair of large hoop earrings. Dower and Hall hoop earrings have a ripple effect for texture. They come in small, medium and large; silver, rose gold vermeil and yellow gold vermeil – so a pair to suit everyone’s tastes. Shown here are the large ripple hoops in yellow gold vermeil. Price £198.

Cowboy boots have travelled far from the dusty Western trails to make their way on to the catwalks and high streets. Along the journey some have stayed true to their original style whilst others chose a glamorous makeover. Hobbs Aurora Western boots are slick and chic in all black with a chunky high heel. Price £129.

Available in the stores and website at the end of Sep/Oct.

Team your Western style boots with a saddle handbag. Zatchels offer sizes from micro to large and a variety of colours from the neutrals to the brights.

Here we’ve chosen the autumnal oxblood shade in the large size. Price was £85 but is now £42.50.

Don’t be caught out in the fashion stakes if it rains on the day. River Island’s vinyl tie waist trench coat in shiny toffee brown will keep you dry and sweet. Price £85.

Cosy up with a super soft scarf. White Stuff Caitlin Check scarf. Price £29.95.

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: www.frumpytofunky.com

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