Off To The Races? You NEED To Read Our Style Guide…

Weddings, races, christenings... you name it, we have advice for it

Got an invite to a posh race to attend? Or are you expected to be present (with presents) at 3 different weddings this year? Whatever you occasion wear woe, we reckon we’ve got the answer.

Where better to gather said answers than occasion ear mecca Debenhams! The British high street fave has been dressing the public for their finest occasions for decades.

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We asked Debenhams Occasion Accessories Buyer Amy Herod to give us the lowdown on what’s hot for SS17…

How long have you been buying occasion wear accessories for Debenhams?

Just over a year so this is my second spring/summer races season at Debenhams.

What’s your fave thing about your job?

Definitely the hats! There’s no limit to where you can take the design process. It’s a case of ‘more is more!’

Do your mates constantly harass you for advice come wedding/races season?


So what’s new for SS17?

There’s beautiful new millinery for the No.1 Jenny Packham for Debenhams collection. It’s feminine with a sophisticated edge, We also have an exciting new range coming soon!

What is the hottest shade for occasion wear in 2017?

There’s been a lot of buzz around hot pinks this year with a hot, fiesta feel; it’s the perfect colour for sunny (we hope) summer occasions!

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Embellishments. Talk to us…

It’s still a massive trend and a great way to ensure your accessories are eye-catching. We have some incredible gemstone and diamante embellished pieces in beautiful blush and soft grey with elegant bags to match.

What’s your most popular style of hat or fascinator during race season?

Our oversized saucers definitely – the bigger the better!

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For the first time ever we can wear jumpsuits to Ascot! How would you accessorize one for the races?

Because it’s a modern choice, this should be reflected in your accessories. Look for fascinators with more modern materials, quills or cut feathers for a contemporary feel. Then I’d add a metallic or soft neutral bag to finish off the look.

Should we be matching our shoes, bags and hats?

For a big event like a wedding or race – why not! We have gorgeous matching hats and bags available. One of my fave pieces is the floral pill box. It goes with the Debut cold shoulder dress and clutch bag. It’s the ideal way to do matchy-matchy.

Is there such a thing as a hat that’s too big?

When it comes to Ladies Day at the races… no! Our largest saucer style is a whopping 57cm at its widest point and sold out last year!