Feeling Glorious at Glorious Goodwood

August 15, 2016

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.

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watermelon clutch

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.

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watermelon clutch

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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.

Juicy Watermelons!

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?


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  • Reply Gemma August 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Totally gorgeous! Love the white dress and watermelon bag

    • Reply Kristy Barber August 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks lovely! xx

  • Reply Aisling Brock August 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The event looks like so much fun and that bag is ADORABLE!

  • Reply Stephanie August 20, 2016 at 12:22 am

    You look amazing! Love the watermelon bag too, so cute! x

    • Reply Kristy Barber August 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Connie August 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    The clutch is perfect, absolutely adore this look! This may be pushing it but the girl in the picture with you.. any idea where her jumpsuit is from? I’ve been looking for one similar for age xx

    • Reply Kristy Barber August 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Connie! Jess’s jumpsuit was from Missguided, I think she got it a few months ago now though! xx

  • Reply Lucy Cunningham (@Lucy_Wavelines) August 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I was at Glorious Goodwood this year too so it was lovely reading your post and reminiscing back to the day as it was so much fun. Really loving your outfit and the watermelon clutch is such a statement piece but to be honest it is your shoes which stole my heart! They are beautiful!! I’m going to try and track them down in Faith, x

    • Reply Kristy Barber August 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Ah that’s cool! It’s such a great day out 🙂 The shoes are pretty gorgeous, they hurt sooooo much though haha! Going to have to wear them in a bit more I think… x

  • Reply Tamzin✨ (@TamzinSwann) August 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    That outfit is amazing, I wouldn’t have thought the outfit was seperates. It looks like a dress, so so nice! That bag is amazing though xx

    Tamz |

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