One of the most exciting parts of a glamorous day or evening out, is not actually the event itself; it’s deciding what to wear! In the UK, there are so many different events and venues to experience — especially over the glorious summer months. Wearing the best outfit possible will set the tone for the rest of the evening; making you feel more confident, and just as glamorous and showy as the event itself. It’s no wonder the looks on the red carpet at the Oscars get so much attention in the press!
Here are the top ten glamorous events and venues to attend — and what you should wear while you’re at them.
Known as the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, Royal Ascot is one of the most fabulous events of the season and attended by everyone from celebrities to royals and some of the world’s elite.
If you’re looking to access the Royal Enclosure, it might take some planning to attend (entry requires sponsorship from two members who have attended the Royal Meeting in the last 4 years) — but the Queen Anne Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure and the Village Enclosure are open to the public.
Whatever your ticket, make sure to dress like the royals who frequent the most exclusive enclosure. An elaborator fascinator or wide brim hat is a must; and a matching midi-length dress with heels makes for a pulled-together look.
A theater production at London’s West End
London’s West End has been a hub for theatre productions for centuries. Theatreland, located in the heart of the city’s West End is the home of over 40 venues — and has hosted some of the longest-running shows in the world including Les Misérables, Cats and Phantom of the Opera.
For an evening out at the theatre — keep it fabulous. A sleek dress with chandelier earrings and chunky jewellery makes for a good look.
The rooftop cocktail bar
There’s nothing like a rooftop cocktail bar to start – or end – a glamorous night out. Luckily, proprietors have clocked onto their popularity; you’ll have your pick of the lot in cities across the UK.
What should you wear? None other than a cocktail dress! Think slinky and form fitting; the perfect outfit to accompany a martini or cosmopolitan while taking in views of the city.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The world’s largest open submission has happened every summer since 1769. Featuring new and recent art from both artists and acclaimed artist and features over 1,500 pieces — most of it available for purchase.
One of the highlights of the event is the preview party; an evening of canapés and champagne in celebration of the exhibition’s launch every year. It’s a great opportunity to get glammed up, while also showcasing and supporting some of your favourite independent designers. Match an outfit with jewellery purchased off Etsy, for example!
A night at The Hippodrome Casino, London
Nothing feels more Hollywood glamour than a night at a casino. No matter what your budget, it’s best to dress like a high roller — a figure-hugging dress and diamonds (or cubic zirconia!) won’t go amiss.
There are more advantages to dressing your best than feeling like a celebrity: the Hippodrome Casino offer comps for those who make the effort to look smart — including everything from free drinks and meals, to VIP lounge access and sometimes, even hotel rooms! As with the majority of land-based casinos, The Hippodrome Casino is facing serious competition from online casinos offering free spins however, this is positive for visitors, who are more likely to receive comps as a way of trying to remain custom!
The Henley Royal Regatta
One of the most famous sporting events in the world, the Henley Royal is also a highlight of the UK’s summer social season. It’s also known for its rather elegant formal style code — especially in the Stewards’ Enclosure.
While there’s no official dress code outside the Steward’s Enclosure, it’s been recommended to keep in the spirit of the races and go chic and simple.
A Summer Festival
These days, festival style is a cool combination of all that is casual and glitzy. From Glastonbury to Leeds Festival, it’s not which festival to attend but how many!
Getting the night look right for a music festival is simple; brush on a smokey eye, pop in an elaborate hair accessory and switch those trainers out for some chunky heeled boots. Day-to-night should feel like a glitter-fuelled breeze!
A club night out
Going on a club night out, either for a date or with your girlfriends? It’s time to dress to impress — but more importantly, for the dancing! Try out a mini dress and flashy jewellery to suit the mood. Heels are a requirement of some clubs; but a chunky platform (also a style trend for 2019) keeps them easy on the feet.