Musselburgh Racecourse has teamed up with Edinburgh Fashion Week to offer expert tips for women ahead of the hotly-anticipated Stobo Castle Ladies Day.
With tickets selling out fast, the savvy team behind Fashion Week have highlighted the importance for race goers to organise their outfits sooner rather than later for the biggest fashion event in Scottish sport.
From this year’s hottest summer trends to avoiding a headwear mishap, the partnership will ensure that attendees have a stress-free experience when getting ready, so that they can focus on enjoying the day in their most stylish attire at Musselburgh Racecourse.
The 2015 Stobo Castle Ladies Day attracted a record attendance of 10,300 and tickets for this year’s event are selling out fast. So, eager fashionistas are being encouraged to get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Cathy Owen, Project Manager at Edinburgh Fashion Week, advises guests to take full advantage of the unique opportunity to get fully dolled up that Stobo Castle Ladies Day offers.
Cathy said: “I have a personal mantra that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Most people only get the opportunity to really dress up for the occasional wedding or festive party, so I would encourage everyone attending to make the most of it.
“Long dresses can be a little awkward at the races. Navigating heels, hats and grass is enough to contend with never mind having to grasp the hem of your dress all day, so I would recommend trying a new silhouette, such as a tea-length style or a Bardot neckline, which is great for highlighting shoulders and clavicles.
“With June not so far away, some great summer styles are already dropping into high street stores, so I would suggest planning an outfit early by browsing these styles, tearing pages from magazines or starting a Pinterest page in advance, so as to have a clear idea of how fabulous you want to look.”
Laura Russell, personal stylist and shopper and blogger at Satisfashion, is set to host a variety of sessions as part of Edinburgh Fashion Week, two of which will be dedicated to occasion wear and Stobo Castle Ladies Day.
Laura said: “I’d definitely say anyone attending should start to think about their look now. Go for an inspirational shop and try on some different styles to get fresh ideas - it’s never too early to find the perfect outfit.
“Ladies Day is typically all about the dresses, but some great alternatives are jumpsuits and skirt co-ord sets. The trouser suit has made a massive come back this season so I’d love to see some ladies sporting this trend at the races.
“It can be particularly challenging to last the whole day in heels, so I would recommend a good platform or a thicker heel or wedge for stability. For shoes with straps, Vaseline and gel pads work wonders.”
As well as being just a few miles from Edinburgh, the East Lothian course is a one of Scotland’s best known five star venues, with superb facilities. That, combined with the thrill of a high-quality race card, has turned the June event into one of the highlights of Scotland’s social and racing calendars.
Aisling Johnston, Musselburgh Racecourse Marketing Manager, said: “Every year we are inundated with calls and messages from people who desperately want to come to Ladies Day but for a variety of reasons have left it too late and we have sold out to our maximum capacity.
“For anyone thinking of coming to Scotland’s premier racing and fashion day, plan ahead now and make sure you have purchased your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.”
In addition to general admission tickets, a variety of picnic, marquee and hospitality packages are on offer to suit all budgets.