Picture this: a stunning racecourse bathed in golden sunlight, where horses sprint and the air is filled with cheers and clinks of champagne glasses. It's not just a race; it's a chance to feel the thrill of the track while wrapped in elegance.
This isn't your typical day out; it's a blend of sophistication and fun that invites everyone to join in the festivities and soak up the unique charm of the L'Ormarins King's Plate.
The King’s Plate is one of the oldest races on the equestrian calendar. Hosted in high summer on the first Saturday of the year at the Kenilworth Racecourse, in Cape Town, it is one of the most prestigious horse race events of the year.
The next running of the King's Plate will be on 6 January 2024.
Hosted by L’Ormarins and attracting a well-healed audience, including captains of industry, key opinion leaders, and recognisable faces, it’s a must-attend event.
Now, as the spotlight turns to the grandeur of the L'Ormarins King's Plate 2024, the question arises: How does one get the dress code correct?
Blue and White: The Essence of Elegance
The dress code is not a mere suggestion but a canvas upon which one can use to paint an exquisite portrait of luxury fashion. The tones of blue and white resonate with the language of opulence.
When you think about it, the colours make sense. It’s summer in Cape Town, and you need something light that doesn’t make an afternoon at the races unbearable.
While some do wear darker shades of blue, from navy to midnight blue (some have worn violet!) you mostly find attendees finding solace in lighter shades of blue, and white.
Luckily, the Joburg Fashion Week runway presented some impressive options for those planning to attend the King’s Plate, with a myriad of blue and white garments. So, if you’re looking for an outfit for the first social event of 2024, House of Nala by AFI has great options from some of Africa’s best fashion designers.
Womenswear Style Tips for the L'Ormarins King's Plate 2024
As we delve into a guide tailored just for you, envision donning the perfect ensemble that seamlessly blends grace with the effervescence of the season. Whether it's navigating the spectrum of blues or adorning pristine whites, these tips are designed to empower you to make a sartorial statement at the upcoming high summer equestrian affair.
From flowing silhouettes to bold accessories, here is how you can land yourself on the Best Dressed Woman at the L'Ormarins King's Plate 2024.
Light and Airy Fabrics
Looks from Malondié, Kaylaamiel Creations, AFI Privé and Ngüo. SHOP HERE
Opt for light and breathable fabrics like linen, silk, lace, or cotton to stay cool in the summer heat. A flowing blue sundress or a tailored jumpsuit in a pastel shade can be both stylish and comfortable. Or look to the options seen on the runways of Ngüo by Tumie Mohoasa and AFI Privé at Joburg Fashion Week.
Play with Patterns
Looks by Alia Baré, Kaylaamiel Creations, Bongiwe Walaza and Alia Baré. SHOP HERE
Consider incorporating patterns such as floral prints or subtle stripes to add a touch of playfulness to your outfit. These patterns not only enhance your overall look but also complement the vibrant atmosphere of a high summer equestrian event.
Accessories in Sea Tones
Accessories by Enjipai, Alia Baré and Shamai Accessories. SHOP HERE
Accentuate your blue ensemble with accessories in sea tones. Think turquoise or aquamarine jewellery, a wide-brimmed hat, or a chic scarf. These accessories not only enhance your outfit but also pay homage to the oceanic vibes of Cape Town.
Just Wear White
Looks by MASANGO, Ngüo, AFI Privé and Ngüo. SHOP HERE
Experiment with just simple white for a refreshing and crisp look. It's perfect for summer, while it allows you a blank canvas to accessorise your look to up the style ante.
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