Cheltenham Festival Day 2 - Ladies Day

How To Choose a Hat For Ladies Day

A handy guide for turning heads at Cheltenham Festival's Ladies Day

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Ladies Day at the annual Cheltenham Festival in Cheltenham, England is the one day during the four-day horse racing competition where grace and glamour take center stage. And as custom dictates, you will want to make an impression. There are a few things one should consider before choosing a hat for Ladies Day...

A matching ensemble is a fine place to start. Focus on the hat and jacket, and consider using the buttons as an essential "second color" to pull the outfit together. Mike Egerton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images A matching ensemble is a fine place to start. Focus on the hat and jacket, and consider using the buttons as an essential "second color" to pull the outfit together. Power colors? Always a good idea! Tim Goode - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Power colors? Always a good idea! No matter what, your hat should express your personality. This will require some honest reflection, some introspection. Steven Paston - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images No matter what, your hat should express your personality. This will require some honest reflection, some introspection. Does your hat have to sit straight atop your head? No, it does not. Matt Cardy/Getty Images Does your hat have to sit straight atop your head? No, it does not. And when in doubt, put a bird on it. Matt Cardy/Getty Images And when in doubt, put a bird on it. Or put fur on it. WPA Pool/Getty Images Or put fur on it. Or put a bird AND fur on it. You know, sort of a Turf 'n' Coop approach. Tim Goode - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Or put a bird AND fur on it. You know, sort of a Turf 'n' Coop approach. Or choose a hat that makes you look like you just strolled out of a time machine. Tim Goode - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Or choose a hat that makes you look like you just strolled out of a time machine. A little mystery is always a good idea... Steven Paston - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images A little mystery is always a good idea... But no matter which style rules you adhere to, be sure to select something that you'll be comfortable in. Steven Paston - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images But no matter which style rules you adhere to, be sure to select something that you'll be comfortable in. You know, a hat you can have a good time in. Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images You know, a hat you can have a good time in. Because this is your moment, your moment to shine. David Davies - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Because this is your moment, your moment to shine.
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