Friday, 21 July 2017

Debrett's Style Tips: Glorious Goodwood

Debrett's style experts talk us through the do's and dont's of dressing for Glorious Goodwood 1- 5 August

What is your partnership with Bicester Village and why does it work so well?
Debrett's and Bicester are both champions of British style; Debrett's as the authority on etiquette, British tradition and formal events, and Bicester through the exceptional partner brands it supports and showcases. For this reason we have collaborated to create the Guide To British Style, exploring all things sartorial with a focus on the comprehensive rules of dressing throughout the Season.

What is the 'Guide To British Style'?
It is a beautiful pocket guide to style and the Season, deciphering dress codes and exploring the surprising origins of some Britain's most cherished and iconic items of clothing. It reveals everything that remains central to the British notion of style, from its heritage to both its craft and creativity – qualities that Debrett's has championed throughout its nearly 250-year history.

Why would you advise Lady readers to visit Bicester Village when looking for an outfit for these summer events?
Bicester Village plays host to more than 130 boutiques, which makes dressing for a special summer occasion both convenient and affordable. Less than an hour from London, a visit to Bicester means you can find your dress, shoes, hat and accessories all in one place – and with up to 60% off.

What kind of statement should an Glorious Goodwood visitor seek to make? Is this a time for being sophisticated, glamorous or quirky?
Glorious Goodwood is generally less formal than Royal Ascot, but dressing up is nonetheless encouraged.

How best to combine fashion forwardness with fashion etiquette when selecting an outfit for Glorious Goodwod
Goodwood is more about summery elegance than sharp tailoring and statement accessories. It takes place in August, so it may be very warm – remember sunglasses and a hat for shade, and check the dress code in advance if you're visiting one of the enclosures.

What should ladies wear when attending Glorious Goodwood?
Elegant summer dressing is encouraged at Glorious Goodwood, although a formal dress code is only enforced in the Richmond and Gordon enclosures. Women may opt for stylish summery outfits in keeping with the rural setting – a summer dress or skirt with a blouse, for example, complemented with accessories such as a hat and clutch bag, and shoes suitable for grass.

What should gentlemen wear when attending Glorious Goodwood?
Men often wear linen suits or a blazer and chinos at Goodwood as opposed to the formal lounge suits or morning dress seen at an event such as Royal Ascot. Panama hats are also popular.

Are ladies and gentlemen required to get more dressed up for the Richmond enclosure?
Yes, visitors to the Richmond Enclosure are encouraged to dress as if for a summer wedding, and men should wear a jacket and tie. Hats are encouraged, but not compulsory, for women, and men often wear Panamas.

Are ladies required to get more dressed up on ladies day?
There is no formal stipulation, but dressing to impress is particularly encouraged on Ladies' Day (Thursday) and on the Friday, when a prize is awarded for the best dressed lady according to a sponsored colour scheme – this year, blue and white.

Do you advise that ladies wear hats or fascinators?
Hats and fascinators are optional, and are more likely to be worn on Ladies' Day (Thursday) or the Friday, when prizes are awarded for the best dressed.

What jewellery is appropriate for the occasion?
Jewellery for daytime events can be elegant but discreet – pearls or simple but sparkly options tend to work well.

For more advice and tips on dressing for the Season, Debrett’s and Bicester Village have published a Guide to British Style.

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