Set in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, Goodwood Estate is one of my favourite places in the country. Mostly known for it’s motorsport events, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, the estate spans over 12,000 acres and has some of the most breathtaking views of the South Downs in the area. So a few years ago when I discovered it also had a horse racing track, I was over the moon.
Racing season is one of my favourite times of the year. I’ve never been a huge fan of horses, but I LOVE the fashion that comes with it. Dressing up is probably my favourite part of the going to the races so whenever I go I make sure I have my outfit fully prepared.
When I discovered Glorious Goodwood I fell in love with everything it’s about.
When King Edward VII described Glorious Goodwood as a “garden party with racing tacked on” he captured just what was, and still remains, the unique, quintessentially English ‘Goodwood’ style.
Goodwood is about dressing up but expressing yourself at the same time; it’s smart but never stuffy – take the joy of fashion and run with it.
A lot of people don’t like going to the races because of the pretentiousness that comes with it. That’s why I love Glorious Goodwood, it’s a lot more laid back. Yes Ascot may be the most well known for it’s outlandish fashion but when it comes to summer style, nobody does it better than Glorious Goodwood.
A few months ago whilst shopping in Kate Spade I stumbled across this amazing watermelon clutch bag. Although I left the shop without it (because I’d already bought two other bags!), I couldn’t get this bag out of my head. When I started thinking about what I wanted to wear to the races I knew I had to buy it. Because the shop I saw it in was the Bicester Outlet, I couldn’t find the bag on the Kate Spade website. Or anywhere else for that matter! Eventually I decided to take the plunge and order it from America. I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of having this bag!
Once the bag arrived, it then came to the question of ‘What am I going to put with it?’. Florals and bright colours are two of the biggest trends when it comes to races fashion, but when you already have statement accessories, they’re not needed. I decided to stick to white. Whilst having a little look online I found the most amazing dress on Revolve. The only problem was that it was over £100, and that didn’t include postage. Still needing to buy shoes and having spent quite a bit of money on the bag, I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on something I may only ever wear once.
In the end, after many hours of research, I ended up back on Revolve and bought this skirt by ELLIAT. The same brand the dress was originally from! Matched with a simple off the shoulder body from Missguided and some sassy red shoes from Faith my outfit was complete.
The watermelon fruit has been a big trend this summer. They’re everywhere! So because my Kate Spade bag was pretty hard to find, I’ve found some alternatives you can pick up if you fancy getting your own watermelon clutch.
Pretty Little Thing Watermelon Clutch £25
Yazbukey Watermelon Clutch £137.20
Puptart Watermelon Zip Pouch Clutch £15
Karl Largerfeld Watermelon Clutch £48
South Beach Woven Watermelon Clutch Bag £10
Aranaz Watermelon Clutch Bag £155
Did you go to the races this year? What did you wear?