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Going to Royal Ascot on Ladies Day and will be in the Royal Enclosure - very excited!
Here is what I am thinking of wearing: this dress: http://www.johnlewis.com/phase-eight-yoko-dress-multi/p396826 with this (or a similar) jacket: http://www.johnlewis.com/fenn-wright-manson-camellia-jacket-black/p391478 and maybe this hat: http://www.lovehats.com/p/nerida-fraiman-isabelle (w/hair tied back/put up somehow, or blown out straight as it is curly and full so would not work under this smallish hat/headpeice)
I have to point out that there are touches of fuschia (small flowers) in the dress, near the neckline and elsewhere that aren't visible on the website
I know what you mean about the hat's size A pretty little thing would go very well but I am a not so slim size 14/16, 5'7" tall so was thinking something bigger would probably look better on me. Plus - it might be a sunny day (fingers crossed!) I could hire hat HP043 on this page: www.lizzieshats.com/hats/full-collections-4/
LOVELY dress. The FCUK jacket from AG&2B's clever link is more chic than the FWM jacket, though - I find FWM a bit frumpy personally.
The jacket should be as minimalist and sharp as poss with that lovely dress. Hobbs actually do pretty good small jackets. Given the neat silouette of the dress, that pillbox hat with the froth on top located by Fellatio is superb - a neat, sharp little hat (to match the neat, sharp shape of the dress) or a giant swooping circle hat (as a contrast) is the way to go, as pointed out upthread. Don't go the middle of the road hat - it's a bit tame.
If you can get the right hat and jacket, it'll look so smart and chic and stylish! Great look! I hope you have a wonderful day. Take lots of pics, sometimes it's easy to forget to take enough pics in the excitement of the day out. Am a bit jealous actually :-)
I agree that the FC jacket is much nicer - the other one looks a tad office.
Also, if you black jacket then black shoes and hat fine, but if you rally want to go with the back jacket I would rethink the olour of the hat and shoes. Too much black seems a bit heavy and funereal for an outdoors summery occasion.
All-thanks so much for all of your compliments/comments/ideas - so incredibly helpful!
Fellatio - love that little (pricey) hat! totally agree w/ your point about too much black - do want to look summery but not sure how as jacket and hat should probably match or the whole thing might look too 'broken up' and 'like too much is going on' - maybe i will try searching for a cream/taupe/lt grey jacket & hat (although much easier to match black w/black!) - and yes the FC jacket is way more stylish/less corporate looking
tethersend - thanks so much for the link to the bolero - I LOVE IT! and the hat ideas are great (although I would prefer a bit of colour on the hat to avoid the funereal look as fellatio mentioned - suppose I could buy some feathers/flowers somewhere and stick them on but to be honest I'm not sure I could do this w/o the result looking completely naff!)
Startail/ClaudiaCutie/Fellatio- i get what you mean about going with a timid hat - you have motivated me to go w/a proper full size hat so might rent the Philip Treacy (pictured on Polyvore link) or buy the one tethersend suggested