The time has come to see and be seen, at one of the most stylish equestrian gatherings in Africa. The running of the 159th Queen’s Plate and the fourth year of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate, is taking place this weekend at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town.
The dress code is strictly Blue and White and should be smart and elegant. Blue is the colour of 2020, but don’t stress, sky blue is not the limit. You can ‘bring it’ by simply playing around with different shades and hues—from teal, to midnight blue, cerulean, aqua, cadet blue, navy, eggshell blue, you name it.
GLAMOUR’S new Editor-in-Chief Nontando Mposo, shares some fashion Dos and Don’ts, for those attending the event for the very first time.
- Do honour the Blue and White theme. It’s an important tradition that is there for a reason.
- Do accessorise with sunglasses. The bigger the better for the day at the races.
- Do carry a fashionable clutch, tote or purse. Be practical in your handbag choice, your bag should fit your phone, power bank, lipstick, powder and brush for touch-ups, your bank card and nothing more.
- Do complement your outfit with an elegant hat. A casual straw hat will work with just about any outfit or couture hat if you will be entering the best hat competition.
- Do wrap your hair in a head wrap fit for an African Queen. Individuality and personality are the best way to complement your outfit.
- Wearing a proudly South African designer or outfit is encouraged. Do support our talented designers and creatives and buy local.
- Don’t wear cigar thin and high stilettos but choose comfortable shoes such as mules, formal sandals and platform heels. You will be on your feet for most of the day and walking on grass.
- Don’t wear flip-flops or sneakers.it’s not that kind of occasion.
- Don’t forget to put on sunscreen. It’s a long day under the scorching January sun, protect yourself.
- Don’t forget to hydrate with water in between glasses of champagne or beer.
- Don’t over dress or accessories. This is not a costume party, please save your OTT fascinator and outrageous outfit for another occasion that requires such.
- Don’t show too much skin. Do avoid mesh dresses and pants that show your underwear and bum hugging miniskirts.
- Denim may come in shades of blue but don’t wear jeans to LQP, Queen Victoria will not approve!