High summer is very nearly upon us here in the UK and with it come some truly exciting events! The formal ‘English summer season’ might now be a thing of the past. But the social calendar that it encompassed takes in some wonderful high-profile sporting events. Plus, they are at some of the UK’s most swoon-worthy locations. Glorious Goodwood, Wimbledon, Guards Polo and Henley Royal Regatta are all international events that represent the pinnacle of their respective sport. With this in mind I’m ensuring my fingers are firmly crossed for plenty of sunshine!

The Dreaded Dress Code

The dress code for certain enclosures at these events can be really rather strict. They may demand skirts on or below the knee. No spaghetti straps, covered shoulders and a hat or large fascinator. While they might seem a little restrictive when you are first presented with them, these rules can actually lend a new and ladylike slant to the way you dress. If your usual ensemble comprises jeans, long boots and a smart shirt (or a threadbare gilet and jodhpurs!) then getting dressed in dresses and hats might just be fun. Once you are prised away from the denim…

Upscale your headwear

One thing is certain – the most amazing outfits are always finished off with perfectly chosen accessories. If you want to totally embrace dressing up for an event, then why not go a little further than your favourite department store or online fashion retailer for your accessories? Caroline Nicholls is an expert milliner working out of a studio in the beautiful Somerset countryside. She creates hats and fascinators for fashion-conscious countryside ladies. There is a wide range of off-the-peg options. Or you can commission Caroline to create a totally bespoke, one-off headpiece. What a way to add a truly unique edge to your ensemble that is sure to turn heads!

Accessorising for English summer weather

You don’t need to stop after selecting the perfect hat – there is also a wide selection of wraps, capes and scarves. Available in so many different shades that you will definitely find the perfect match. Pastel shades to complement a glowing summer tan. Or chic black trimmed with the softest fur for a truly luxurious cover up. Much as we love to hope that the weather will be kind for the big day, it’s always worth factoring in the possibility of cool or damp weather when you plan your outfit.

Caroline’s website really is a treasure trove of beautiful accessories with a countryside twist – discover fun fur-trimmed sliders, snaffle slip on shoes, handbag charms, gloves, cuffs and more: https://carolinenicholls.com/shop?olsPage=products