What to wear to a Boat Race?

I've been invited to the Queens University Belfast Boat Race this Saturday, 2nd June and it got me thinking, what does one wear to a Boat Race? So I headed to Boat Race sponsors, the Outlet at Banbridge to try on some potential outfits..

First up, it was the LK Bennett outlet for some dressy options for the Boat Race enclosure. This high-waisted cream skirt caught my eye. Beautifully cut, it's reduced from £145 to £75. The silver silk top (similar) is just £30 and the coral & cream blouse is £40.

LK Bennett's shoes are stunning - I'm wearing the Selina pumps in red on the left and the Anna sling backs in coral on the right. Here's a close up of the Selina...
These are just one of those pairs of shoes you'll have all your life and they could be dressed up or down. Stunning. They are reduced in the Outlet from £185 to £115. I was so tempted but then there was this lovely outfit too - a little less dressy so perhaps better for this School Gate Mummy..
This sleeveless linen shirt dress (£95 reduced from £175) also comes in Coral and Stone and these stunning wedges (£100) are perfect for daytime. I could definitely see me wearing both again and once more I was tempted! But then there was this handbag <swoon>
In a nude/pink colour, it's the statement LK Bennett Annina bag. Gorgeous leather, beautiful deserves another picture I think..
It's reduced at the outlet by almost 50%, from £245 to £125...with an additional 10% off if you sign up for VIP vouchers at the Outlet's welcome centre. On top of that, there's a  special Jubilee Tea Party this Friday (1st June) with more discounts across the shop so it could be reduced even more then. What should I do...dither, dither...
To take my mind off LK Bennett handbags, I headed to the Marks & Spencer Outlet to look at some more causal outfits for the Boat Race. First up was this adorable boat print dress - only £12.50 which I paired with a white linen jacket priced at £28.
Then the shoe addiction kicked in again...these basket weave peep-toe pumps are so cute. They come in Red and Navy colourways and are just £16. What a lovely nautical look..

I think a maxi dress is a great look for a day into night-time event. This black dress (£25) could be paired with a cardigan or short jacket during the day but it equally suits an informal evening event. I paired it with black jewelled sandals (£17.50)
Then for a classic nautical look for daytime. Striped top (£5), linen jacket (£28), cropped jeans (my own!) and some blue boat shoes (£19.50):
And finally, cream slim fit jeans which unfortunately weren't in my size (white on link), a flattering striped top and some cream/metallic pumps (£18 & not unlike French Sole). The jacket is my own.
If you're in Belfast this weekend, you can watch the boat races from the new viewing area opposite the Queens PEC. It's going to be a great family day out with live entertainment, food and refreshments available from 12.30pm. More information HERE. I'm heading with the kids but what will I wear?? this space!



  1. Carrie7417:39

    Ooh, get the bag, get the bag!!! I LOVE that bag.

    Think the first outfit looked tremaze - v posh!

  2. Anonymous17:45

    Avril. the LK Bennett silky grey top, black belt and white skirt looked STUNNING!! May not be the right thing for the boat race - cropped trousers and blue boating shoes outfit might be more pratical etc, but it was still STUNNING! Your figure rocks in it! Sharon

  3. Totally agree. Outfit no1 is incredible on you and the Selina shoes are just adorable. I hope you bought them!!

    Nic x

  4. Anonymous18:42

    The first outfit is fantastic. Hope you bought it? Mind you, I have a "thing" for maxi dresses so what the hell I hope you treated yourself to both outfits. Carol aka @garlinder

  5. Wow Avril, please say you bought outfit 1, the beautiful red shoes and the maxi dress plus sandals.c x

  6. I love the first outfit, really glam. But I suppose if you're on a day out with the children something more casual might be practical.

  7. Love this post. You look amazing!

  8. I LOVE the boat print dress!

  9. Brilliant post today. You look amazing in the first outfit!! But step away from the bag - that has my name on it!! I wish......

    Maybe Mr SGS could buy the bag for your birthday present....x

  10. Have to agree with everyone else - the first outfit looks amazing on you. I'm sure you will find somewhere to wear it though it's not suitable for a boat race. But the black maxi looks good too. Buy both!

  11. Hi Avril! That cream skirt is amazing on you! I love the M&S boat dress too with the white linen jacket... such a fun casual look and very good pricing which always helps! Have a good day, hope that rain disappears!!
    ~Anne xx

  12. I agree, first outfit is absolutely amazing. Think it is my favourite outfit ever on your blog. x

  13. Love the first and the shoes are amazing!!

  14. Anonymous15:54

    I love the LK Bennett skirt and shoes - just gorgeous and classy! Get the damn bag too or you'll regret it - it's an investment piece:) xx

  15. That high waisted cream skirt with the red top looks fantastic on you! Love those red shoes too, very happy shoes

  16. If only you have it all *sigh* I wish I could, some lovely things there but you lovely in everything but that first outfit is amazing on you x

    1. Ahhh.... The first two pictures with you in the white skirt and red shoes are to die for! The blouses are perfect. You look classy, stunning, and sexy. Wow Avril, I can see why you loved your shopping day:) Oh you have such an eye for style. I'm smitten by your styles! xxx Thank you!


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