THE WIDE-BRIMMED HAT
When it comes to dressing for the races, finding the perfect hat is crucial. Enter M&S Collection’s beautifully understated design, says M&S.com womenswear editor, Charlene Barton.
Hats can be tricky to master. There are of course the lucky few who can carry them off effortlessly, but for the rest of us it’s not always so simple – especially when certain dress codes deem them compulsory. This is when I believe you should play the timeless card. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – a vision of sophistication in a wide-brimmed design – or Saint Laurent’s fedora-clad power women; sometimes the most iconic and effective looks are, in fact, the simplest. Cue M&S Collection’s elegant black occasion piece. Not only is it a safe bet, but it will stand out beautifully in the grandstand against the predictable flurry of bright fascinators. Wear it with a full skirt to balance your silhouette, adding pin-thin heels and a statement clutch to finish.