Packwood Grand: Get Ready for the Races on Canada Day

On July 1st, the Millarville Racetrack is going to be hosting a splendid social gathering. If you managed to get a ticket, then you should be patting yourself on the back right now because the Packwood Grand is going to be a day like no other. Inspired by the Kentucky Derby, it’s an elevated affair that involves lots of beautiful people, six exhilarating races and only the hottest summer fashion. 

To help you prepare for what is sure to be one of the most talked about to-dos this summer, Notable spent the morning at Holt Renfrew getting a few style tips from Nico Szigety, personal Shopper extraordinaire, on all the dos and don’ts for the very first Packwood Grand.

The Dos:

Ladies, we’re there to make a statement. Plan to stand out from the crowd with the latest trends. If you find yourself trying on an outfit or accessories and asking yourself ‘is it too much?’, it’s not. Plan to be over the top! 

Derby hats and fascinators are simply a MUST. With hats, the bigger the better. When it comes to finding the right fascinator, again, it’s all about being adventurous. Think netting, ribbons, feathers and flowers. It’s being classy but pushing the envelope in a major way. 

When it comes to the outfit, cocktail dresses and heels with a few extra inches or wedge sandals will look great together. If you follow a few of these tips you’re sure to be the belle of the ball!

And gentlemen, to make sure you’re looking spiffy, you’re also encouraged to go over the top. Looking your best at the races means finding that blazer that’s form-fitted or tailored for you. Don’t be afraid of bright summer colours and patterns. 

While guys probably can’t pull off fascinators, you can still accessorize with a smart bow tie, a snazzy pocket square, and suspenders – always an easy way dress up an outfit. This is your chance to show the ladies your swagger. 

The Don’ts:

Under no circumstances should anyone wear an outfit that’s office appropriate and, for goodness sake, no jeans! This isn’t the rodeo. 

If you’re still looking for last-minute items to give your look that extra panache, stop by Holt Renfrew and ask for Nico.

See you at the races, darling.

Sean: Hugo Boss blazer and scarf with an Etro dress shirt
Reba: Oscar de la Renta dress with a Lilliput fascinator 

Sean: Paul Smith three-piece suit, Holt Renfrew dress shirt, Etro tie, Etro pocket square and Prada dress shoe
Reba: Valentino dress with Valentino rock stud heels and Lilliput fascinator 

Sean: Paul Smith blazer, Prada pant, Paul Smith shirt, Etro bow tie, Etro pocket square and Paul Smith shoes

Reba: La Petit Robe dress, Christian Louboutin heels and Liliiput hat


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