Devore silk/viscose coat and silk evening outfit
Plus Size Summer Season
A sophisticated medium length lady’s evening coat that is perfect for an Opera first night performance. Hand painted and devore hand printed silk/viscose makes a soft luxurious evening coat. The long slim fitting silk evening skirt and top is painted to co-ordinate with the elegant satin coat and can be made in a range of iridescent colours. This luxurious women’s coat and silk evening gown makes a dramatic statement for the discerning woman who loves unusual creative evening wear that would be perfect for the mother of the bride, or a wonderful evening on a cruise.
A long two piece outfit made in hand painted silk crepe back satin can be worn for less formal occasions. There is no added decoration allowing a space for a beautiful jewel. This outfit is very good for a range of sizes from a small person with a dainty figure to a woman with a more curvy and fuller figure.
Style: Art Coat:
Fabric: Hand painted and hand printed silk/rayon satin.
Color: Choir Blue – a rich combination of deep blue and purple hand painted on black.
Print: Garden Border (devore). Other colours and prints available to order.
Size: to order petite to plus.
Style: Slim Bias skirt and Overblouse
Fabric: Hand painted silk.
Colour: Rich Lapis Purple
Size: to order petite to plus.
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The Summer Season and the dress code, what to wear
The traditional summer season events such as Ascot Ladies’ day, or the Henley Regatta are occasions where you can really dress up. For Ascot there is a dress code, but thinking within the boundaries of what is considered acceptable you can have lots of fun choosing your outfits to suit your mood and of course there are the hats that you might need. But remember that ladies in the Royal enclosure are still warned that midriffs must be covered while gentlemen are required to wear morning coats with a top hat which must be sported at all times!
According to Moss Bros advice for the summer season: “Nowhere is this emphasis on tradition more evident than in the dress code. If you’re a patron of Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, only a morning suit will do. This classic suit was created in the nineteenth century, when horse riding was a common form of morning exercise for the Victorian gentleman.
For ladies in the Royal Enclosure, off-the-shoulder or halter-neck dresses, and those with a strap of less than an inch, are considered unsuitable and not permitted attire in the Royal Enclosure – as are miniskirts. Midriffs must be covered and trousers suits should be full-length and of matching material and colour. Hats are, of course, obligatory and the Royal Enclosure is famous for a fantastic display of millinery over five days.
Dramatic headgear is not limited to the ladies – a top hat is essential and must be worn. Gentlemen are required to wear a top hat at all times when within the Royal Enclosure area other than within a private box or facility. In the late nineteenth century, when Lord Harris wore a brown bowler hat to Ascot, Edward VII is reported to have taken one look at him and loudly enquired, “Goin’ rattin’, Harris?”. Morning suits also remain extremely popular in the public enclosures of the General Admission and Silver Ring areas, though not essential.”
Part of the summer season is the Henley Royal Regatta – for which there is a dress code and to quote from the Henley Royal Regatta site: ‘Those attending the Regatta in the Stewards’ Enclosure must dress in accordance with long-established tradition. Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, and a tie or cravat. Ladies are required to wear dresses or suits with a hemline below the knee and will not be admitted wearing divided skirts, culottes or trousers of any kind. Ladies are encouraged to wear hats. Similarly, no one will be admitted to the Stewards’ Enclosure wearing shorts or jeans. Members are particularly asked to bring this custom to the attention of their Guests, to ensure that the standards are maintained and to avoid the possibility of embarrassment of a Guest being refused admission.”
They go on to say that there is not a dress code for those attending, but not in the Stewards Enclosure, but are encouraged to enter into the spirit of things.
Another suggestion is that very large hats should be avoided as a large hat might obscure the view for someone who wants to watch the rowing.
Then there is racing at Goodwood – a must for the summer season. In the Richmond Enclosure, ladies are encouraged to wear hats at the Festival Meeting. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or polo neck sweaters. Linen suits and the archetypal ‘Goodwood’ Panama hat are traditionally worn by gentlemen as Characterised by Edward VII in the early twentieth century. Jeans and shorts are not permitted at any meeting. In other enclosures dress is informal. Bare tops and fancy dress are not allowed in any enclosure. Due to the terrain at Goodwood and areas of decking, stiletto heels are not recommended.
In total contrast as part of the summer season there is the Chelsea Flower show which is held every year in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital by the Royal Horticultural Society. If you are lucky enough to be invited to the preview along with the Royal Family and then to the charity gala in the evening, you will have a fine excuse to wear something decoratively floral in tribute to the occasion.