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BY LIZZIE, WOMENSWEAR EDITOR ON 27 APR 2012 01:45 WOMEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

Debut, Red Herring, Rocha - Races

Here at Debenhams we’ve been looking out the window in dismay lately, bemoaning the rain, shivering as we leave the office, even resorting to chocolate picnics at our desk, just to try and help us raise a smile…

Today though, the sun came out – both literally and metaphorically – when the rainclouds moved on from the sky and the latest collections rocked up in store. Now, instead of despairing over our lack of spring/summer, we’ve got sun in the sky and a spring in our step as we plan our new season style – with Ascot, particularly Ladies’ Day, first on our fashion hit list.

These days, as fun as it is to glam up all rock chick chic in our leather trousers and head to Mahiki to try and catch a glimpse of Prince Harry, we don’t tend to get too many occasions to really dress up to the nines, in the presence of the Royals no less. Ladies’ Day at Ascot calls for high fashion and elegant style. Even the official Ascot website itself states that Ladies’ Day, while all of Ascot is indeed reminiscent of a fashion show, is “when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach new heights.”

So here we come to that old question of ‘what to wear’. Read on for our top pick of the spring/summer, Ladies’ Day destined styles…

At Ascot, take it from us, you’ll want to dress it up. The style of Ascot is traditional, very British, one might say. Finding the right dress for such an occasion can be a nightmare which is why we both love, and recommend, Debut at Debenhams. A collection full of prom perfect, dainty delightful dresses, you can be sure that no matter how your horse does, you won’t be coming last in the style stakes.

(Top image: DebutRed Herring and Rocha.John Rocha)

While we love the creamy tulle effect of the number above, we also love the Red Herring Limited Edition we’ve picked out alongside it. When it comes to British style nothing says it quite like florals, evoking the image of the quintessential British Rose. The Rocha. John Rocha number alongside it, is certainly the colour of roses.

(Above image: No. 1 by Jenny Packham, Collection, Black.Betty Jackson)

New to Debenhams this month, we can’t wait to snap up the entire No. 1 by Jenny Packham range – a favoured designer of Kate Middleton – with this floral 50′s style number a sure thing for Ladies’ Day. If you love the prom style yet like your colours more classic, you may want to bet on buying the Collection option. The Betty Jackson floral number is another favourite of ours. There’s just too much choice when it comes to occasionwear – what’s a girl to do?

 (Above image left to right: Ann Harvey, Hatbox, Kaliko)

Well we say if in doubt, shop some more. For an occasion such as Ladies’ Day, a girl is allowed to have a back-up plan. In fact, the best way to support your outfit is with fabulous accessories – something regular attendees of such racing events will be very much aware.

Racing events such as Ascot are all about the hats. Fascinators are usually the choice du jour, with Ann Harvey, Kaliko and Debut just a few examples of the brands available at Debenhams. While we do love the odd quirky fascinator or two on Ladies’ Day, we always have a style soft spot for those who take a risk and sport a big hat. Take a peek at the wide range in Hatbox to see how you too could be sure you stand out in the crowd.

(Above image: Peep-toes by VT, Bag from Star by Julien Macdonald, Corsage shoes at Faith)

With the head taken care of, now for toes and the final pieces of the style jigsaw. At Ascot, or any racing event, heels are a must – it’s a glam occasion, you need the tools to ‘strut your stuff’. Quick tip from us – if your dress is bold, bright and beautiful, tone down the heels with a nude style such as the above by VT. If your dress is a simple, one-colour classic, then jazz up your toes and with a pair of funky coloured shoes from Faith’s latest colourful collection. Hold it all together, by holding the gorgeous Rose bag from Star by Julien Macdonald. You’ll have to hurry though, from what we hear, it’s selling fast.

Tell you what… we’ll race you.

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