ONE OF A KIND
This is a vintage dress, from Opera by Richards. I bought it on eBay. I do a lot of eBay searching, always on the lookout for things that are individual, things that are unique. The risk with going to the races so often is that there will be someone there in the same outfit as you. Buying vintage means that I negate that risk – and of course it’s very environmentally friendly. The greatest challenge is in the sizing – current sizing bears no resemblance to that from 20 to 30 years ago. I have also been passed many amazing dresses by my friends’ mothers – I say: don’t be afraid to try it on and see. For this one I bought faux-fur cuffs and they really change it up. I love a hat, too. They are a requirement at some meets, of course, but on a really sunny day they are vital – a really helpful sunscreen and eye-protector. Racecourses are very exposed, so there’s no relief if it is hot or cold and a hat makes a huge difference, winter and summer.