Styled With Thanks

Royal Ascot At Home

It was a very different Royal Ascot this year – being held behind closed doors. But lots of people still got involved with the style of the occasion by dressing up in their finery at home for the #styledwiththanks charity appeal. Never knowingly underdressed I of course seized the opportunity to join in!  With all events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small occasion wear businesses have been hit particularly hard – who wants to buy a hat with no weddings to go to?! Well apparently some ladies do as all six hats in the charity hat sale at The Cotswold Hat Club were sold! Three of my outfits were featured in “best dressed” press coverage by The Daily Telegraph  💁🏻 which is also excellent exposure for these brands helping them to stay visible in uncertain times.

I’ve detailed below all the outfits from my Royal Ascot at Home feature – lots of the discount codes expire today but some are valid until the end of June – see the brand profiles at the bottom of the page for details. The end of lockdown may be in sight, so wouldn’t it be nice to have a fancy outfit to re-enter reality with?!

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N.B. I don’t take any commission from the sales in my Royal Ascot at Home feature – all profits made go to the designers and charities. All outfits on loan for the week.

Unless otherwise stated my discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities Royal Ascot is raising funds for here.

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Saturday 20 June 2020

Day 5

 

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   Ascot at Home Day 5 2  Ascot Tea

  1.  Hat 1 – Camilla Rose ; Hat 2 – Juliette Botterill / Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  3. Clutches – Wilbur & Gussie . 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Shoes – Marks & Spencer

 

 


 

Friday 19 June 2020

Lisa Redman

  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill at The Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress Coat – Made to order from Lisa Redman. 15% off bespoke orders when quoting The Lady’s Maid.
  3. Bag – L.K. Bennett
  4. Shoes – Boden

 

Stine Goya

Dress – Stine Goya at Mojo & McCoy. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20


 

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  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill/Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress and dress coat – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag and shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

Day 4

Day 4 dress

 



 

Thursday 18 June 2020 

25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June. and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25.

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  1. Pink jacquard coat and dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  3. Clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Jennifer Gibson 
  5. Shoes – Boden 

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  1. Mango dress coat and dress  – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  3. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  4. Clutch – Wilbur & Gussie

 

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Wednesday 17 June 2020

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  1. Hat – Rachel Trevor-Morgan
  2. Dress – Ethereal London . 10% with the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag  and Shoes – Sargasso & Grey 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan.  15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Ascot Wednesday

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Featured in The Daily Telegraph on 19 June 2020:


 

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Ascot Tuesday 2020

  1. Hat – Camilla Rose Millinery. 10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid at time of sale).
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy / Saloni. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Sister Sister Collective.
  5. Shoes – M&S

 

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Monday 15 June 2020

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  1. Dress: Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Hat: Cotswold Hat Club / Rosa Olivia Millinery
  3. Bag: Wilbur & Gussie. Customised Charlie clutch with a horse brooch. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes: Marks & Spencer


 

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Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat below each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Contact Rachel at The Cotswold Hat Club directly to purchase.

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Styling ideas for these hats:

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  1. Hat – Sophie Hunter at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Suzannah at Mojo & McCoy.  20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

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  1. Hat by Jennifer Wrynne at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Mango jacquard coat – Caroline Charles. 25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: THELADYSMAID10.
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  5. Shoes – L.K. Bennett.

 

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  1. Hat – Sarah Cant at Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Samsoe & Samsoe at Mojo and McCoy. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes – Boden.

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  1. Hat – Cotswold Hat Club/Julie Kenny – £75.  Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy/Libelula. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan.
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  5. Sandals – Aquazurra. 

 

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  1. Pink Cara Meehan hat – Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Pink dress – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Vintage earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Charlie silver glitter clutch – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW
  5. Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood.

 

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  1. Navy wide brimmed hat by Bundle Maclaren  SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Navy/ivory polka dot dress and green stretch luxe dress – Bombshell London. 15% off with the code: LADYSMAID15. 5% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Pearl necklace – Caroline Charles. 10% off with the code: THELADYSMAID10. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Navy suede heels and Navy suede clutch – Sargasso and Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Navy glitter clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. Enter the code: TLMRAINBOW for a free rainbow crystal brooch with every purchase. 10% of all sales are donated to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  6. Pearl Earrings and Hummingbird brooch – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  7. Emerald/navy heels – Boden.

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a great range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25


 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to your occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: LADYSMAID10.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Royal Ascot At Home

 

 

Royal Ascot At Home

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Royal Ascot might not be going ahead in it’s usual spectacular form this year but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the fashion fun!  The spring/summer event season has been particularly difficult for small occasion wear businesses this year so I’m happy to be showcasing a few on this page during “Royal Ascot At Home”, some of whom are offering exclusive discount codes to my followers alongside charity donations. So if you’ve got a postponed wedding to attend later this year or next year,  now is a good opportunity to plan ahead and support these small businesses whilst also helping to raise money for charities helping those affected by Covid-19. Or even if you haven’t got a wedding to go to I think we could all do with a lockdown treat!

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities the appeal is raising funds for here.

 

Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat on my Royal Ascot at Home page each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

Unless otherwise stated the discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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10% of sales at Lalage Beaumont during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a wide range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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10% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID10



 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their full collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to you occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.



 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Keep an eye on my Royal Ascot At Home webpage for more updates next week!

 

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The Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show gets underway this week – marking the start of the summer season and the perfect place to wear a floral dress. Here are 15 of my favourite floral frocks available now:

 

L-R: Maje; Hobbs; Marks & Spencer.

 

L-R: Boden; Warehouse; Hobbs.

 

L-R: Mango; Wiggy Kit; Zara.

 

L-R: Zimmerman; Zara; Suzannah.

 

L-R: Beulah; Bombshell; Borgo De Nor.

 

 

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Designer Clothing Charity Re-sale

I am holding another designer clothing re-sale on behalf of a lady who is having a wardrobe clear-out this spring. Buying pre-owned designer clothing is a great way of adding a unique, quality garment to your wardrobe without having to spend a fortune.  All pieces listed below are less than five years old and either unworn (some still with tags) or barely worn, so in excellent condition. Sizes range from XS to L. If you see anything you like, click on the icon and you’ll be taken to my Vestiare page where the pieces are available to purchase. So, if you fancy sharpening up your look with a bit of designer flair whilst doing your bit for sustainability, why not shop someone else’s wardrobe!  All of the owner’s proceeds from this sale will be donated to charity.

 

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Royal Wedding – Best Dressed

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An autumn wedding is always going to be tricky when you’re planning an outfit in advance. The gusty winds in Windsor yesterday saw plenty of hats fly off the heads of guests filing into St. George’s Chapel, revealing those who had and had not utilised the hat pin! The most successful headwear on a day like yesterday were the small discreet pill box style hats/headpieces, secured with an elastic band, or the alice band style headbands that are more popular lately, as worn by the Maid of Honour, Princess Beatrice. For dresses – heavier fabrics, longer hemlines or fitted dresses/skirt suits were the best choices to avoid any unfortunate Marilyn Monroe moments. Autumn/winter weddings are a great time to wear rich jewel shades and there were a lot of them on show – forest green being the most popular, worn by Princess Anne, Autumn Phillips and Pippa Middleton – also berry pinks and burgundy reds. My top three favourite outfits go to those who seemed to nail the autumn wedding look in colour, style and appropriate headwear.

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Alessandra de Osma wore a forest green midi dress by Andrew Gn, with ¾ sleeves and scattered floral embroidery. This was definitely my favourite dress of the day amongst the guests. I love the deep green colour, the slightly fluted sleeves and flounce hem and the floral scatter embellishment adds just the right amount of autumnal floral detail to glam it up a bit. Forest green was a really popular colour at the wedding but I like the combination of green with berry pinks here. Alessandra picked out the berry of the embroidery in her headpiece by Mimoki, with burgundy velvet clutch and patent heels.

 

 

The Duchess of Cambridge

 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits are fairly predictable at formal royal events as she rarely strays from her two favourite designers for formal wear – Alexander Mcqueen and Catherine Walker. For yesterday’s wedding she opted for Mcqueen – wearing a lovely raspberry shade of pink, matching it with a velvet veiled headpiece trimmed with handcrafted flowers – a bespoke variation of this velvet calotte from the AW18 collection of Philip Treacy. If Alessandra wore the best dress this is definitely my favourite hat from the wedding – a variation of the style was also worn by Kitty Spencer at a wedding earlier this year and on Michelle Dockery at Royal Ascot in June. Kate’s dresses by Mcqueen tend to be variations on a theme, but I’m not holding that against her as the hat was the standout element in this ensemble anyway, so it needed to be set against a simple block colour to shine. Her burgundy velvet accessories were the perfect final touch to the look.

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Cressida Bonas wore a blue devoré velvet dress by Tory Burch. The dark velvet fabric could have drowned her delicate frame if worn with the wrong accessories but she matched it perfectly – with a velvet headband by Juliette Botterill and contrasting burgundy shoes by Rupert Sanderson. The hemline and fabric were perfect for the weather and season and the headband adds a touch of youth to freshen up the look. Big ticks all round from The Lady’s Maid.

Other Best Dressed Guests:

Demi Moore

I think Demi was the “Amal” of this wedding – dressed head to toe in burgundy red. Dress: Stella McCartney, hat: Philip Treacy, bag (appropriately named “Demi”): Gabriela Hearst, shoes: Malone Souliers.

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Princess Beatrice

Princess Bea has never looked better – loved this royal blue skirt suit by Ralph & Russo with lilac suede accessories, also by Ralph & Russo, and a blue/purple headband by Sarah Cant. The bee brooch is adds a nice elegant touch too.

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Jane Gottschalk

I love this belted blush/burgundy shirt dress by Luisa Beccaria – I featured it on my Instagram page last week so I’m glad to see it make an appearance at the Royal wedding!

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Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs

Loved the autumnal florals of this midi dress matched with a dusky pink hat by Laura Cathcart.

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Alice Naylor Layland

A bold and beautiful teal floral jacquard tiered coat by La Double J with hat by Laura Cathcart.

 

Ayda Williams

A stylish silver look – love the patent pewter accessories. Suit: Armani, hat: Philip Treacy.

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Autumn Phillips

Dressed in the colour of the day – a forest green jacquard dress by Suzannah.

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Caroline Sieber

Chic in lilac Chanel.

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Lydia Forte 

There were a lot of veiled hats at this royal wedding – and this one by Jane Taylor was one of the chicest – love the statement brooch too.

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Anya Rowland

Monochrome chic in a tailored ecru dress from The Fold with hat by Jane Taylor.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor

Here comes the next royal bride – Lady Gabriella Windsor in turquoise Claire Mischevani.

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Nicky Malone 

Beautiful in burgundy by Claire Mischevani with matching floral headband by Juliette Botterill

Clare Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford-Haven

Wearing an elegant navy blue Claire Mischevani dress coat.

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Royal Wedding – what to wear

With Princess Eugenie’s wedding a couple of days away I’m rounding up my series of Instagram outfits that I would like to see some of the royal party wearing!

The Queen

I’m thinking pink for HM. It’s a colour she hasn’t previously worn at a royal wedding and one that would suit this time of year. Most likely to be by her milliner and couturier dream team Rachel Trevor Morgan and Stewart Parvin although she could choose something by her senior dresser, Angela Kelly, who designed the green hat she wore at the last royal wedding. One thing that’s easier to bet on is HM’s accessories – she may be known for dressing in a kaleidoscope of different colours for her formal events but her accessories rarely change: black patent shoes by Anello and Davide, black patent bag by Launer, classic pearl and diamond stud earrings – a wedding present from Queen Mary, a triple strand of pearls, and a diamond brooch. Her pearls are part of her regal uniform and I can’t imagine her not wearing them can you?!

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Mother of the Bride – The Duchess of York

It will be a big day for the Duchess of York next Friday, welcomed back into the royal fold in her prominent role as Mother of the Bride. Fergie made two public appearances with the royals this year (at the Royal wedding in May and at Royal Ascot in June) wearing classic navy blue head to toe both times, but I’m expecting her to up the style stakes a little as MOTB. I think she might dress in Roland Mouret or Vivienne Westwood with hat by Philip Treacy and I’d love to see her in gold  –  she’d look great in a dress coat like this one by Claire Mischevani – classic still but with an edge of glam.

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Hat: Rachel Trevor Morgan, clutch: bottarga Veneta; pearls: Annoushka; heels: Jimmy Choo; brooch: The Antique Jewellery Company.

Maid of Honour – Princess Beatrice 

Princess Beatrice was spotted leaving Ralph & Russo in London earlier this week carrying what looked like a shoe box I like to think it might have inside these gorgeous Empire pink suede and rose gold pumps – they look right up Princess Bea’s street. The York Princesses are known for their lively sense of style – who could forget the infamous pretzel hat Beatrice wore at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Her style has got more elegant and classic in recent years but still with a quirky edge, like the white tweed boater hat she wore to Easter Sunday service this year or the teal headband for the last royal wedding. If she was picking up R&R accessories then that could be a big clue as to who has designed her Maid of Honour dress…and possibly Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress too. I’d love to see her in something like this divine vision in blush from Ralph & Russo – perhaps a bit glitzy for a Maid of Honour dress but I’m sure they could tone down the sequins a bit so as not to steal the scene from Eugenie too much! I’ve pictured the dress here with R&R accessories, morganite earrings Kiki McDonough and a ceramic rose headband by Fi Graham Millinery.

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The Duchess of Cornwall

As with many of the female royals The Duchess of Cornwall has go to designers for formal events like weddings. She almost always wears Anna Valentine dresses/dress coats and Philip Treacy hats, so I think this will be the combination she will choose at next week’s royal wedding. You can always count on Camilla to wear a proper hat – she wore a fabulous wide brimmed pale pink feather trimmed hat by Treacy for the last royal wedding so I’m hoping he will have designed another spectacular hat for this occasion too! Wide brimmed hats don’t suit everyone but it’s great to see them still worn by those that can carry them off. The Duchess tends to wear pastel colours in formal daywear so I’m imagining her in silvery grey this time. Something similar to this stylish “Michaela” graphite silk dress coat by Lalage Beaumont perhaps, pictured here with a hat by William Chambers, clutch and shoes by Emmy London and vintage jewels by Susan Caplan.

(N.B. since I wrote this post it was confirmed the Duchess of Cornwall is not attending the wedding due to a prior work engagement.)

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The Countess of Wessex

Sophie always rings the changes with the style of her event outfits – at the royal wedding in May she wore separates: an elegant short sleeve ice blue silk top and matching midi skirt by Suzannah, and at Royal Ascot this year she was the first royal to wear a jumpsuit in the royal enclosure. I love how she’s not afraid to take risks and try new things with her clothes. She’s worn dressy shirt dresses in the past and I think the style really suits her so I’d love to see her in something like this burgundy/blush belted midi dress by Luisa Beccaria –  featuring a blush velvet collar, burgundy floral jacquard pattern and flared midi skirt. Elegant and formal but still a bit of a style statement. The Countess always wears hats by Jane Taylor (the one I’ve pictured is by Juliette Botterill and available to hire from The Cotswold Hat Club). Burgundy/blush is a great colour combination for autumn too – holding on to the blush from summer and dipping into some wintery burgundy! Other accessories: antique garnet earrings from The Antique Jewellery Company, velvet burgundy clutch by Jimmy Choo and blush velvet heels from Prada.

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The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t usually stray from her tried and tested style formula of a fit-and-flare dress coat with matching hat for formal events like weddings, usually from her ‘go to’ designers Alexander McQueen and Catherine Walker. She also usually prefers not to make too much of a style statement at weddings so as not to draw attention away from the bride. So I’m expecting either a repeat wear from Kate or something fairly neutral/classic. I really like this Catherine Walker beige tweed dress coat with peplum detail at the waist. I’ve accessorized it with a beautiful oyster silk pillbox hat by Juliette Botterill, pinky beige clutch by Loefflerr Randall, suede courts from Gianvito Rossi and morganite earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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The Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Sussex has shown a preference for neutral colours in her working wardrobe as a member of the royal family. Her last appearance at a royal event in formal daywear was Prince Louis’ christening where she wore a khaki green dress and hat. I think she’d look great in this jewel green pleated silk dress by Gabriela Hearst. I’ve matched it here with an elegant saucer hat by Edwina Ibbotson, her black accessories by Givenchy and Aquazzura and diamond stud earrings from Birks.

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Zara Phillips

Zara wore a teal dress coat by Claire Mischevani at the last royal wedding so I think this sapphire blue colour and cut by the same designer would also look good on her with a matching blue velvet headpiece by Juliette Botterill. Other accessories – heels by Manolo Blank, bag by Amanda Pearl and opal earrings from Annoushka.

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Autumn Phillips

I’ve been studying the fashion form and Autumn tends to favour the fit and flare style of dress, similar to the Duchess of Cambridge. She wore an elegant ice blue coat by Suzannah Fashion with matching hat by Juliette Botterill for Easter Sunday in Windsor this year and for the last royal wedding she wore a beautiful turquoise dress coat by Hen House HQ with matching hat by Juliette Millinery, so she may well repeat this design duo next Friday. She isn’t afraid of wearing bright colours and often contrasts the colour of her hat with her dress so she may not go for a matchy-matchy look. I’ve picked out the Princess dress coat in flag red by Suzannah here and matched it with a silk bow headpiece by Juliette Botterill. Red is sometimes considered a bit of a taboo colour at weddings but I think it’s fine to wear it these days, especially in autumn/winter. The Duchess of Cambridge has worn red a couple of times to weddings. You can always tone down the look by adding nude accessories or a darker shade of red – like I’ve done here. The unwritten rules are that a guest should blend in as much as possible and not wear anything that detracts too much attention from the bride – red is often considered a bit of a scene stealing colour so I think that’s why many people steer clear of it at weddings. But if we’re talking about scene stealing then canary yellow a la Amal will do it just as much! As will any other brights. The only colours that are a no go are black and obviously white!

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The Countess of Snowdon 

The Countess of Snowdon doesn’t get much media coverage at royal events compared to the more senior royals, which is a shame because she’s one of the most stylish. Often opting for chic pill box hats all “Lady Lucan” style! I think Serena would look great in a floral headband like this one from Laura Cathcart Millinert teamed here with a navy Ballerina dress by Suzannah and jazzed up with some gold/navy brocade shoes by Rupert Sanderson.

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The power of a pretty shoe

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If I find a pair of shoes that I like I’m very loyal to them – perhaps too much – I once hung on to a pair of tan flats that I loved for so long, even when they had a crack in the sole and it was a sad day when I had to throw them out. I also have a pair of black brogues whose cost per wear is probably less than a penny by now. I’m not immune to the lure of a new pretty shoe however. I wonder if anyone has done a study on shoe psychology?! It’s the area of the wardrobe that’s easier to buy for as your shoe size doesn’t usually fluctuate as your clothes size can – a good thing in theory but can result in impulse purchases in practice. I bought a pair of pink satin ballet style slippers in Barcelona once (over six years ago) and I’ve never worn them outside as I’m frightened of spoiling them. I wore them once at a dinner party at home and the rest of the time they’re tucked away in their shoes bags. Practical they are not but pretty they most definitely are. I also have a pair of gold T-bar dancing shoes that I bought for a 1920s party (from a dancewear shop – I’m not sure these ones are even meant to be worn outside as they have a really soft leather sole). I never wear them now but I look at them often, like an artwork!

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I’m still on a quest to own a pair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz – the shoe of dreams that must be the most famous pair ever designed and surely begins many ladies love of a pretty shoe. I saw one of the originals at a film costume exhibition at the V&A several years ago (four pairs were made for the original movie). It was quite an exciting moment! One of the original pairs was stolen from a museum in 2005 (it wasn’t me, I promise) and were finally returned just a couple of weeks ago. I remember Harrods selling some Limited edition ruby slippers in 2009, I think it was – they had a ruby slipper pop-up boudoir to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. I hot-footed it over there on an afternoon off when I was working at Buckingham Palace – alas they had sold out pretty quickly. So the quest continues for my own pair of these pretty and powerful shoes!  “Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there’s no place like home”. 👠

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Here are some of my favourite statement shoes – not so practical but oh so pretty – if you feel like having a Marilyn/Dorothy moment this weekend! My top pick on a budget would be the Marks & Sparks silver sparkly slingbacks ✨ sure to be a favourite come party season and great if you want to combine comfort with glamour!

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Annabelle blue velvet, L.K. Bennett; Fern wine velvet; L.K. Bennett; Red satin courts, Carvela Kurt Geiger; Breanna blue jewelled, Dune London; block heeled silver slingback, M&S; Jenna wine heels, Lisa Kay Shoes; Supernova velvet & gold lip, Rupert Sanderson; Stardust Brocade, Rupert Sanderson; Crystal embellished blush suede, Prada; Romy 100 gold glitter, Jimmy Choo.

 

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Designer Clothing Charity Resale

For ladies who love to shop, making room to store all your clothes can sometimes present problems. ‘Detoxing’ your wardrobe is something I recommend doing at least once a year, so that you realise what garments you actually wear and what garments are sitting stagnant, never seeing the light of day. In this post I’m bringing you the fruits of one wardrobe detox – offering for sale some pre-owned designer clothes on behalf of a lady who is having a big wardrobe clear-out! 75% of all proceeds will be going to charity so your purchase will be benefitting good causes as well as your wardrobe! All pieces are in excellent condition, 2 to 4 years old, and range from size 6 to 16. Designers to be featured include: Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Valentino and Erdem.

N.B.  remaining pieces and lots of further garments can be viewed and purchased  here via Vestiare Collective.

All these Dolce & Gabbana pieces are as new with tags still attached.  The sizing for D&G is quite generous and these pieces have a loose fit, so I would say most of them would fit one size up too.

Dolce & Gabbana gold/green brocade dress coat – SOLD

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: green/gold jacquard dress coat. Jewelled decorative buttons. ¾ length sleeves. Matching dress available. Style: occasion/evening dress Size: IT 42 (UK 10 / US 6) quite a loose, 60s style cocoon fit – would fit a size 12 too. Date: Purchased in 2016. Condition: as new – never worn, tags still attached. Measurements: length: 95cm (from back of neck to hem); bust: 52cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: 48% Acrylic / 35% Acetate / 17% Lurex; Lining: 100% silk. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £3,000.

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Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: green/gold jacquard sleeveless shift dress. Matching coat available. Style: occasion/evening dress. Size: IT 48 (UK 16 / US 12). Date: Purchased in 2016, as new – never worn, tags attached. Measurements: Length (from back of neck to hem): 87cm; bust: 49cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: Dress: 48% Acrylic / 35% Acetate / 17% Lurex; Lining: 94% Silk / 6% elastane. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £2,000

Dolce & Gabbana Poppy/Daisy print dress coat – SOLD

 

 

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: daisy and poppy print coat (matching dress available). Round neck, long sleeves, embroidered brocade design, concealed front fastening. Spring 2016 range. Style: day/occasion Size: IT 40 (UK 8 / US 4) quite large though – more suited to a size 10/12. Date: Purchased in 2016, as new – never worn, tags attached. Measurements: length: 84cm (from seam, back of neck to hem); bust: 51cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: 65% cotton / 26% silk / 9% viscose; lining: 94% silk / 6% elastane. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £2,000.

Dolce & Gabbana Poppy/Daisy print shift dress – SOLD

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Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: Sleeveless poppy and daisy print brocade cotton/silk shift dress. Spring 2016 range. (matching coat available). Style: day/occasion. Size: IT 48 (UK 16 / US 12). Date: Purchased in 2016, as new – never worn, tags attached. Measurements: length: 91cm (from seam, back of neck to hem); bust: 51cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: 65% cotton / 26% silk / 9% viscose; lining: 94% silk / 6% elastane. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £1500.

Dolce & Gabbana multi-coloured patterned dress coat – SOLD

 

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: multi-coloured patterned dress coat. (matching dress available). From the Spring 2016 range. Style: day/occasion. Size: IT 40 (UK 8 / US 4) Fits more closely to a UK 10/12. Date: Purchased in 2016, as new – never worn, tags attached. Measurements: length: 89 cm (from seam, back of neck to hem); bust: 52 cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: 64% viscose / 36% cotton; lining: 96 % silk / 4% cotton. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £2000.

Dolce & Gabbana multi-coloured patterned shift dress – SOLD

 

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Description: multi-coloured patterned shift dress. (matching coat available). From the Spring 2016 range. Style: day/occasion. Size: IT 48 (UK 16 / US 12). Date: Purchased in 2016, as new – never worn, tags attached. Measurements: length: 89 cm (from back of neck to hem); bust: 52 cm (measured from underarm-underarm when flat). Material: 64% viscose / 36% cotton; lining: 96 % silk / 4% cotton. Origin: Made in Italy. Retail price: approx. £1500.

lots more pieces here at Vestiare Collective!

 

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What to wear – Glyndebourne

With Glyndebourne Opera well underway I thought I’d bring you a selection of my favourite black-tie summer dresses. The annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera takes place from May to August in the grounds of Glyndebourne House, East Sussex. The founder of the Festival, John Christie, started the tradition of wearing evening dress during the Festival as he felt it was one way that the audience could show their respect for the performers. Black-tie dress is customary still. You can get away with a short dress for black tie these days but I prefer long, so that’s what I’ve selected here. As it is an outdoor event it is advisable to go for a block-heeled sandal or a dressy flat rather than spiky stilettos. There is no way of reliably predicting the English weather from May to August, so I would definitely bring some kind of cover-up. A pashmina wrap or cropped dressy jacket are the best options to keep warm and stylish.

For the dress, I like the idea of picking something that fits in with the outdoor setting – spring/summer florals, pale colours and lightweight chiffons, for example, rather than heavy velvets. You want to sashay around the grounds, and blend in with nature like a pre-Raphaelite beauty! And something with a loose skirt, preferable un-creasable, that makes it easy to picnic in style.

Here are some of my top picks available now:

Cassidy maxi dress, Alice & Olivia A pretty billowy ruffled silk-georgette maxi dress with a crochet-knit waistband and lace-trimmed hem from the Pre-fall 18 collection. Inspired by the country setting and costumes in the Academy Award-winning film Atonement.

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Cold shoulder gown, Dundas. An ethereal sunny yellow gown fit for a Grecian Goddess!

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Bouquets of painterly blooms adorn this stunning Malcolm open-back floral-print cloqué gown by Emilia Wickstead. Perfect for posing amongst the peonies!

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Another gorgeous colour for summer in this Alexis V-neck crepe maxi dress by Marni. A simple style with an edge of drama in the wide belt and skirt ruffles.

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La Fleur crepe maxi dress, Free People.

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I love this Whimsical Gown in rose quartz by Needle & Thread. Featuring a pretty ditsy floral pattern, and made of layers of tulle. A really romantic dress perfect for a night at the English opera.

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Floral embroidered mesh maxi dress, Self-Portrait .  A pretty long-sleeved floral mesh bodice with pleated maxi dress in a soft shade of blue.

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Mint green maxi dress with asymmetric shoulder, Ted Baker.

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Phase Eight, Anastacia embroidered dress.

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Adrianna Papell, long beaded dress in rose gold.

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Floral print chiffon maxi dress, Self-Portrait

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I love the fresh aqua hue of this Lace-trimmed Swiss-dot tulle gown by Costarellos. Topped with a leaf lace pattern – perfect for black tie summer soirees.

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The Little White Dress

If there’s one dress that screams summer it’s the little white dress. Simple, stylish and it looks great with a suntan. I love designs with a bit of broderie anglaise trim or frill to add a feminine touch, or button detail for contrast. Wearing white is great in summer as it reflects the heat rather than absorbing it so will keep you cool. The downside of wearing white is obviously that it is more prone to visible marks – so it will probably need washing more than other clothing. Wash as soon as you notice any marks – once they settle it will be harder to bring it back to its original pristine condition (particularly make up, sweat or sun lotion). Most of these dresses are cotton so will withstand a higher temp wash which is best for stain removal (check the care labels though – if there are delicate lace trims or linings hand-washing or dry-cleaning may be necessary).  Adding whitening or brightening agents to the wash will help to maintain the brightness too. And if you leave to dry hanging outside then the whites will benefit from the sun’s natural bleaching rays. Here are some of my top picks available now for every budget. There are some great budget little white dresses available that look just as good if not better than some of the designer options!

Designer:

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Sarafina lace-paneled embroidered cotton-voile midi dress, £650, Talitha

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Corsail lace-insert cotton dress, £975, Zimmerman
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Sofie broderie-anglaise cotton dress, £460, Sea

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Embroidered cotton silk dress, £696, Burberry

 

Mid-range:

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Y.A.S High Neck Lace Midi Dress With Asymetric Hem, £120, ASOS.

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Belted pleated pointelle-trimmed cotton midi dress, £195, Michael Kors

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Aileen Zinnia Dress, £168, All Saints

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Ivory Broderie Anglaise Dress, £89 (reduced from £129) Mint Velvet

 

Budget:

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Embroidered midi dress, £39.99, Zara

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Ruffled lined dress, £49.99, Mango

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Broderie midi dress, £65, Oasis

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Embroidered dress, £69.99, H&M

 

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