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Have you started planning your outfit for Newmarket’s Style Awards? Last year’s best dressed racegoer - Emily Roberts, a hairdresser and founder of Tabitha Ada Millinery from Bury St Edmunds - shares her top tips for creating a winning July Festival look.


I know: I can’t believe it was a year ago nearly. . . I still can’t get my head round it, as I just love fashion and really enjoy choosing the outfits.

I wore a black dress with white polka dots, accessorised with red Jimmy Choo heels, red Vivienne Westwood clutch, a red belt and a red hat with feather flowers.

I’ve been going to Ladies’ Day for the last 13 years with my friends. We always get involved with the Style Awards - a lot of my friends have either won or come in the top 10, too! Since I started getting into millinery, it’s been great entering for my hats to be seen.

Yeah, I’ve been rallying my friends already to sort their headwear out because I really want to try something different this year.

I start with the colour what are the ‘in colours’ this year? The hat is actually the hardest thing to choose because, being a milliner, it needs to stand out.

Make sure your shoes are comfy - there’s nothing worse than your feet hurting. If you’re wanting to go in for the Style Awards, have a look back at the previous top 10 shortlists, as that gives you a really good idea of colours and styles that work.

Hopefully I’ll be entering, but I still haven’t got a clue what I’m wearing! Four dresses I’ve bought and I still really don’t know where to start, but my Ascot outfit is all sorted at least! I’m currently enjoying helping my friends sort their outfits and hats out.

After a rubbish two to three years, this year is the year you really should go out with friends and dress up. It’s such a fun day out and you always make so many great memories. You never know: you could be the winner of best dressed, with the most amazing prizes. . .


Newmarket July Festival Ladies’ Day takes place on July 7.


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