Royal Ascot is focusing on sustainable fashion for its Style Guide this year so with such a perfect excuse for vintage shopping we have rounded up our favourite online finds for racegoers’ outfits.
Of course it doesn’t have to be just for Royal Ascot – vintage accessories are ideal for raceday outfits all year round.
They also offer a great opportunity to go for designer names at a fraction of their original price – and they should hold their value too, making them good investment pieces or simply sell them on again after you have finished with them.
Whether you love the full bling or something more understated, there is plenty of vintage jewellery to choose from.
Prices correct at time of writing.
1 | Ultra Rare Chanel CC Triple Double Strand Necklace with multicolor beads, pearls, crystals and gold chain price £1305 from Open for Vintage. 2 | 1990s Vintage Horse Head Statement Clip-On Earrings, price £385 from Open for Vintage. 3 | Vintage Hermes Cloisonne Enamel golden click and clack Flacon bangle with multicolor ethnic and horse design, price £595 from Open for Vintage. 4 | Vintage Gold Stirrups Necklace, hallmarked 9k, Birmingham 1969/70, price £243 from PrimroseFeather via Etsy.
1 | Old Cut Diamond Ring, Art Deco 1930s, 18k white gold stepped design, price £315 from Addy via Etsy. 2 | 1888 Victorian Antique Good Luck Horseshoe Sterling Silver Brooch, price £165 from Open for Vintage. 3 | Silver Plated Horse Saddle Vesta Match Safe Snuff Box (okay we know it’s not jewellery per se but isn’t it gorgeous?! Good for tucking your betting slips into perhaps!), price £100 from Millys Marvels Vintage via Etsy. 4 | GUCCI Ladies Watch White Shell Silver, model YA134511, Quartz movement, features bit-shaped fastening, never been used, price £535 from Open for Vintage.
1 | Victorian Antique Woven Hair Good Luck Horseshoe, 9ct Rose Gold Necklace, price £260 from Open for Vintage. 2 | Napoleon III Turquoise Natural Pearl 18 Karat Yellow Gold Horseshoe Brooch, price £2085 from Open for Vintage. 3 | Vintage Chunky Gold Snaffle & Bit Bracelet, 1970s, price £170 from Open for Vintage. 4 | ’80s Gold Style Brooch with Sparkling Horseshoes, price £20 from Gwen and Bert’s Attic via Etsy.
Generally smaller bags are more popular for racedays, including clutch, cross body and shoulder bags – as plain or decorative as you like!
1 | GUCCI Monogram Canvas Satin Stripe Harness Horsebit Chain Clutch, WAS £1956 NOW £1630 from Open for Vintage. 2 | Owen Barry VERY rare Limited Edition Leather Handbag. Made exclusively for Cheltenham Races using vintage 1950s horseracing fabric. (Yes, it is Jump racing but get it now before it’s gone!) Blue leather handles, frame and base with heavy cotton linen fabric, price £50 from Jolly Super Things via Etsy. 3 | Christian Dior Saddle Shoulder Bag, WAS £1469 NOW £1335 from Open for Vintage. 4 | GUCCI Soft Stirrup Shoulder Bag, WAS £1029 NOW £935 from Open for Vintage.
1 | Christian Dior Saddle Clutch Bag, WAS £1007 NOW £915 from Open for Vintage. 2 | HERMES Horse Logo Leather Shoulder Bag, price £685 from Open for Vintage. 3 | GUCCI Horse Bit Motif Leather Shoulder Bag, price £365 from Open for Vintage. 4 | Rodo Raspberry Red Suede Top Handle Bag, made by Italian house Rodo with a circular strap and horse buckle, price £150 from Shoeporium via Etsy.
Wear around your neck, or knotted on your handbag, beautiful silk scarves can add colour and pattern to your outfit.
1 | FURSTENBERG COUTURE Vintage Silk Scarf – Equestrian Horse-bit design in Blue/Cream, price £24 from Marshmallow Carnaby via Etsy. 2 | HERMES Scarf with ‘ETRIERS’ Design, 100% Silk, WAS £358 NOW £325 from Open for Vintage. 3 | HERMES Panoplie Equestre Silk Scarf, WAS £450 NOW £375 from Open for Vintage. 4 | Chequerboard Harness and Stirrups Vintage Silk Scarf – Large, price £24 from Marshmallow Carnaby via Etsy.
1 | Vintage 1940s Derby Winners Foulard Scarf featuring ‘My Love’ and names of all the English Derby Winners from 1780–1948 (still time to buy it before this year’s Derby!), price £95 from ttvtgshop via Etsy. 2 | Vintage Racing Silk Scarf c.1940 with corner vignettes of horses heads with The Derby, St Leger, Grand National and The Oaks written below, and a racing scene in the centre, price £68 from The Lady at Skiers via Etsy.
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