Picture perfect tweed fashion from Olivia Tullett for the most elegant and sophisticated outfit on the racecourse
Last month saw the opening meet at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse as anther exciting season of high-level National Hunt racing gets into full swing. At tracks up and down the country keen racing fans are looking forward to the return of their favourite equine stars such as Altior, Thistlecrack and Might Bite, and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the atmosphere of a big race day. For some, the thrill of the races and a flutter or two is enough to make the day a great one, whereas for others (and I freely admit to being in this camp!) a day out like this is a fabulous excuse to dress up.
But what to wear? Dress codes at the races in summertime are quite prescriptive but in winter it’s often less flashy, but still formal. For years tweed has been the uniform of choice for those heading to the racecourse in winter, but more recently the rise and rise of heritage fabrics in British fashion means that tweed is now desirable, chic and fun! And there’s no need to look like just another member of the crowd – there are amazing styles and a myriad of designs on offer as well as stunning accessories to choose from.
If you have a day at the races planned and want to stand out from the crowd then why not turn to bespoke clothing to find a look that’s totally individual to you? One company that does bespoke tweed country clothing that will turn heads even on the most prestigious of days is Olivia Tullett Ltd, and here are some of my absolute favourites from her collection.
Sophisticated, seriously warm and deeply luxurious, the Duchess Cape is simply fabulous. The cape is an enduring trend for the British country lady, and this version in the classic combination of British tweed and fur will look perfect at the races. What better way to keep warm whilst looking quite simply fabulous?
If you like a slightly subtler way to stay warm or are not very keen on fur in your race day outfit, then the Clara Poncho is a wonderful option. The clever turned down collar gives a fun flash of the lining (which can be as bright or as muted as you choose but I’ll get to that a little later on), and it can also be turned inside for a classic cowl neckline.
I was so excited to set eyes Olivia’s take on that country clothing staple, the tweed skirt, and when the Lola Skirt was unveiled it did not disappoint. Olivia has designed a beautiful, flattering and so wearable skirt that will look perfect in the truly countryside surroundings of a race day or worked into a more contemporary outfit too.
Olivia loves nothing better than helping her customers look and feel their best, and all her pieces can be made to measure and crafted from a range of over 200 tweeds and a myriad of complimentary linings to make them completely unique to you. There are new items being added all the time (I spotted a baker boy cap on her Instagram recently that I keep checking the website for!), so why not follow Olivia on social media to see the very latest pieces in her collections?