Henry Hunt is our latest go-to brand to find countryside fashion that offers tweed with a twist. With Jump Racing's premier event, the Cheltenham Festival, fast approaching, Henry Hunt’s Founder and Designer, Phoebe Garlick, talks about Festival Fashion and brings you some of her suggestions to get the look...
As the icy cold days subside, there’s still a chill in the air, which can be particularly noticeable when standing open to the elements at the finish line! So, still clinging onto our coats, we eagerly anticipate the coming spring after a seemingly never-ending month of January. This coming season, the catwalks have been spritzed with bright, bold colours, featuring equally bold and contemporary prints; a sort of mixture of childish cliché, lifting our spirits after a somewhat down-and-out previous year. Floaty, sheer feminine dresses take on a new light in bright, almost tropical, prints, lending themselves perfectly to Ladies’ days – with a hat and champagne to complement, of course.
Let’s not kid ourselves though, it’s definitely not summer yet, and we know how hard it can be to strike the balance of fashion-forward and cosy-comfortable. We’ve put together some looks from Henry Hunt that will hopefully get you thinking about how to stay warm, without committing fashion suicide.
Firstly, the Darla dress. Made from a very fine wool fabric, it not only keeps in the warm, but is lightweight and offers movement in the fabric, while still providing structure to flatter all body shapes. Team it with the Georgia Wax Jacket over the top, which boasts with a burgundy, tartan lining to pick out the colours of the dress - for warmer days, just roll up the sleeves for an extra flash of tartan. This jacket is wonderful for dressing up or down and, with its big pockets, there is no need for the inconvenience of a bag, so your hands are free for a winning celebration. If you are still not sure its time to bare those legs and if the thought sends an inward shiver violent enough to shake you back to your senses, you may want to stay faithful to a pair of thick tights or even better, some ridiculously warm Mohair thigh high socks. These can be worn at their full dizzy heights (for the more daring) with a neat pair of shoe boots, or rolled down over some sensible leather boots.
Darla Dress - £68
Georgia Wax Jacket - £88
Corrymoor Socks - Plum - £22
You can never go wrong with a classic little tweed skirt for a day at the races, and this Florence skirt is a simple, flattering cut with a trim of lace to add an element of ironic seduction and flirtation. My fashion advice would be to wear with a sweet blouse or vest top to focus attention on the skirt – we’ve teamed it with our Navy blue Tori Vest; a key wardrobe staple which can also be layered up with the button detail showing through, perfect for a take on today’s current layering trend.
Florence Skirt - £68
Tori Vest - Midnight Navy - £18
Corrymoor Socks - Slate - £22
The Holly skirt is a more fun take on the tweed skirt, with a girlish flounce of a gathered skirt, lined with a sultry satin underskirt. In addition to the classic tweed skirt I simply cannot finish without a nod to the tweed jacket; an absolute essential for any racegoers wardrobe. A well-fitted tweed jacket never goes out of fashion and with stylish finishes like this Isobel jacket, trimmed with pink and purple striped silk it is the perfect compliment to pretty much any outfit. Enough said.
Emma Shirt - £48
Holly Skirt - £52
Isobel Jacket - Plum Check - £228
So with the excitement of Spring and the anticipation for The Festival building, we can start to look ahead, prepare our summer wardrobe and lighten our spirits, while getting in the mood for longer, warmer days… just have a handy pair of tights until then!
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