Your L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 101, daaaahling

2015-01-07 12:32

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The 145th Queen’s Plate takes place at the Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town this Saturday, and it’s a serious affair. Here’s a simple guide to help you fit right in with the beautiful people.

Do: Dress formally. The event organisers clearly state: “Both ladies and gentlemen are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion adhering to the dress code of blue and white. Outfits should be elegant.”

That means no sneakers, or you’ll stick out – and not in a good way.

Dark loafers could be passable if the rest of your look is smart enough. Specifically for the guys: “No jeans, shorts, sleeveless shirts, open shoes or fancy dress is permitted.”

There is also a “best-dressed lady” competition at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2015 for a trip to Glorious Goodwood 2015, if that’s your vibe.

Don’t: Leave the house without sunscreen or a fan. The event takes place between 11am and 11pm, and January heat in Cape Town is not kind to any horse-racing attendee. If you can, incorporate a hat into your look.

Do: Drink champers. And air kiss. Daaaahling.

Don’t: Wear stilettos. Just don’t. The trying-to-not-sink-into-the-grass look isn’t elegant, and just not worth it. Wedges or pretty flats are your friend.

Do: Read up on the horses with good odds to win. Pretend you know your stuff.

Don’t: Take getting a hospitality tent ticket for granted, if you can afford it. The tents offer much-needed shade, bars, bathrooms and food all in one place and you can come and go as you please.

Do: Prepare for finger foods and take-out type food. And if, like me, those make you angry or you’re a messy eater who’s likely to spill on your white ensemble, nibble at home before the event so you’re not starving.

Don’t: Forget to practise your polite fake aristocracy clap. Polite, quick, light taps of the hands. And pinky raise.

Do: Enjoy partying like the privileged 2% of the country.

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