The fashion favourites to back at Royal Ascot

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THE five days of the Royal Meeting at Ascot, may provide some of the greatest races of the year, but they also provide some of the most colourful and unique outfits...

With this year’s events continuing until Saturday, we asked fashion expert Leonie Howe, owner of Berties, in Guildhall Road, Northampton for some outfit suggestions for one of the most fashionable days in the sporting calendar.

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THERE are many things that just get better with age, and in the case of Anne Murphy, style is just one of them.

Anne who will celebrate her 100th birthday next month on July 14, is starting off her centenarian celebrations with style when she travels to Ascot Ladies’ Day today, with four generations of her family, aged from 18 to 100-years-old.

Anne who has been a keen follower of fashion throughout the many decades of her life, let us have a sneak preview of her stunning outfit for her first Ladies’ Day.

“I bought this outfit for my grandson’s wedding a few years ago,” said Anne.

“It’s a three-piece in a lovely pink that I bought from Warehouse in Debenhams for about £350.

“I bought my hat there as well.

“The shoes I have had for a long time and they are so comfy, as well as very pretty.

“It is really important to me that shoes are comfy because I love dancing, and always have ever since I was a young girl.

“I can’t remember where I bought them, but I have always found the pattern very pretty.

“I thought it would be good to wear a comfy shoe to Ascot. I think they cost £35 at the time.

“I have always loved dressing up and buying clothes, and for my 100th birthday party in July I have picked out an even more beautiful dress.”

THERE is no piece of apparel that quite says Ascot like a hat.

But if you want a piece of fancy headwear without having to splash out a lot of cash, another option for this year’s races could be to rent a hat.

Kate Quarrington-Herd runs Classic Hat Hire, in Weldon, near Corby, offering a range of around 150 hats to borrow. She picked out a couple of her favourites.

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Salmon Hat (£35 to hire)

“This is a round shape that would suit a lot of people, and it’s not too high on the crown. It is also vibrant and pretty and is a nice bright summery colour for Ascot.”

Black & White Feathers (£45 to hire)

“This is a wow factor hat. There is definitely a lot of competition to wear a hat that stands out at Ascot and it’s the one place where anything goes.”

White Top Hat with a Feather (£35 to hire)

“This is a really funky and quite now type of a hat. It is also a hat that will make a shorter person look a lot taller and slimmer.”

Poppy Hattinator (£30 to hire)

“This is in-between a hat and a fascinator and is a real Dallas eat your heart out kind of a hat.”

Purple & Black Top Hat (£35 to hire)

“Again this is a really funky hat, that will make you look taller. Hats really can help to flatter different shapes and it is worth trying them on to see what suits you. Colour is another massive thing and you have to be careful you find a hat in a colour that suits your skin tone.”

Turquoise Hat (£45 to hire)

“This is a a really elegant elongated shape that would be very flattering to a lot of people.

“It is very classic and very Ascot.”

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