Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 158th Queen’s Plate! It was a blast. The Queen’s Plate was first inaugurated with royal blessing in 1860 and the tradition of watching the horses race has continued ever since. One of the highlights of the Queens Plate is the Hats & Horseshoes Party where ladies and gentlemen dress in their finest wears topped off with a hat.
The ladies typically wear a fascinator, which is a late 20th century term used for a certain type of millinery that usually has a decorative piece attached to a band or clip. The gentlemen typically wear some type of top hat. However, people are encouraged to wear whatever hat they prefer to wear as long as it veers on the formal side. Last year, when I attended the Queen’s Plate I wore a large sun hat with a white flower but this year I wore a look that was a little different.
Since the Queen’s Plate took place over the Canada Day long weekend, I decided to be festive and wear a red lace dress with matching fascinator. Originally, I had planned on wearing a beige sun hat with a white flower but once I tried it on with my dress I found that the hat looked too frumpy and dated. Regardless of the occasion or fashion trend, I think that it is important to always look modern. I purchased this red lace dress on my 30th birthday this year from H&M. When I first saw this dress I was smitten. As you already know, I love to wear red and I loved how even though this dress is a strong, powerful colour the lace and cut of the dress kept it feeling fresh and flirty for summer. The reason why I decided to purchase this dress aside from the colour was ultimately the nipped-in waist. When I tried on this dress, I first noticed how flattering the nipped-in was and loved the timelessness of the fit and flare red lace dress. The last thing that I loved about this dress is the tea length for its modesty. Since the neckline of this dress is a bit on the low side the longer length of the dress creates a nice balance.
As mentioned, my fascinator was a last-minute decision and I am so pleased that I made it. Although I have attended the Queen’s Plate in the past, this was my first year (and first time!) wearing a fascinator. I love how the fascinator looks as if it is gently resting on my head. The fascinator has tiny clip underneath the decorations that easily clipped into my hair. I must say that it was nice wearing such a lovely headpiece that is reserved for formal occasions. It is not every day that we get the opportunity to dress up for a fancy affair so when I had the opportunity to wear my fascinator, I happily obliged. For my handbag, I used a creamy, knitted, quilted handbag that I have had for ages. The colour went nicely with my Canada Day themed outfit and it fit the classic feel of the historical Queen’s Plate. This handbag was the perfect size to carry my essentials for the day: iPhone, sunglasses, racing tickets and a handheld fan.
Wearing red lipstick with my Queen’s Plate outfit was a no-brainer. I purchased this cream lip stain from Sephora and I absolutely love it. The colour is rich, it lasts long and it leaves a soft and suede-like texture on my lips. To match my lips and the rest of my outfit, I went with, of course, red nails. I am usually not so matchy matchy with my outfits and prefer a colour contrast in my looks but this Queen’s Plate outfit just called for lots of red. For some reason, I find that Queen’s Plate outfits just look better when they are coordinated.
The umbrella that I am holding in some of my photos actually belongs to my aunt who attended the event with me. Although I did not bring an umbrella with me to the Queen’s Plate, I could not resist taking a photograph with this gorgeous umbrella which fits right into the red colour scheme of my outfit. When taking photograph sometimes, you have to seize the moment and I most certainly did.
Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day!