After months of anticipation, The Tour de France is almost here in Yorkshire and the Grand Depart will be racing through Calderdale this Sunday.
But while cyclists jostle for the yellow jersey, who will be setting the pace in the fashion stakes?
With cameras lining the route, it will pay to look good whether you’re in the crowds, having a picnic, attending a garden party or spending the weekend glamping.
The Courier teamed up with Harveys of Halifax department store to discuss the fashions and accessories you will need to see you through this momentous day and for that matter, the whole summer.
“People will be celebrating The Tour in many different ways, from finding the perfect spot for a picnic to going along to an organised event,” said Maria Hoyle of Harveys.
So how can you make a fashion statement while watching one of the greatest shows on earth? Read on ...
Watching The Tour Pass
For the iconic occasion, your outfit needs to be bang on as a spectator if you want to stand out from the crowd, especially since the TV cameras will be rolling. Floaty pastel dresses are very chic, even more so if they have a distinctive pattern.
If there is a bit of a chill in the air on the day, a simple pair of leggings won’t go amiss.
Also, don’t forget to pack your rain coat in your bag if the sky looks slightly ominous.
Lots of us will be out picnicking when the tour arrives. Luxury picnic hampers, cool bags and colourful plastic crockery will be the order of the day. Waterproof picnic blankets will come in handy, especially for the little ones to sit on.
Fashion wise, layering casual separates is key. Again, the weather can turn at any point so having a simple cardigan tied round your neck when you’re not wearing it adds a stylish touch to your outfit and will ensure you don’t get chilly. How about a yellow cardigan in homage to The Tour?
Navy blue capri trousers are easy to wear when out on a picnic, because they will shun grass stains. Team them with a yellow top and add a touch of French style with a Breton striped jacket. On your feet, try some Pikolino shoes. They’re made from Spanish Leather, are versatile and are available in a range of colours.
If you’re off to a garden party or hosting one yourself as part of the tour, floral and feminine maxi-dresses are the must-haves. Maxis are easy to wear and can be dressed either up or down. They also suit all ages and you don’t have to necessarily be tall to wear one. Phase Eight and Wallis have some striking little numbers in stock this season.
Another casual look for a garden party can be achieved by wearing a simple pair of white linen trousers, teamed with a floral top. If you’re not brave enough to wear white, try linen trousers in a pastel shade. Light green and powder blue work well.
Its camping, but with a touch of glamour, hence, ‘glamping’. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are embarking on a glamping weekend to mark Le Tour, make sure you are not left without the essentials.
The Great British Summer isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. The heavens can open at any given moment, which is why it is a sensible idea to always have a raincoat in tow. For drizzly days pack a pac-a-mac? Not only are they lightweight, but they also fit comfortably into a bag, which means they are also a good item to have when watching the tour pass.
On bags, there are a range of them out there this season that will be appropriate for The Tour. Cath Kidston bags are waterproof, versatile and super-stylish. The brand is also affordable, with prices of bags starting at just £15.
Alternatively, inject a bit of fun into your wardrobe with a colourful Agatha Ruiz de la Prada bag. The brand offers a range of bags in a variety of vibrant summery colours from lime green to neon pink.
A good pair of wellies are essential for all glampers. Even the slightestbit of rain can transform a field into a mud bath in a matter of minutes. Hunter Wellies are staples for your wardrobe. While they’re not cheap at around £90 a pair, but come in a range of heights, colours and can be bought with expanders. They can be taken through into winter too. If you’re feeling in the mood to treat yourself, Hunters are definitely an investment buy.
What about the chaps?
There is a lot on offer this season in terms of male fashion.
Tailored shorts are a wardrobe staple for the summer that can be dressed up or down. Give them a casual look with an up-market t-shirt in yellow, or give them a more dapper style and team the shorts with a smart chequered shirt.
Accessories wise, baseball caps never go out of fashion and are an easy way of updating an outfit and protecting yourself from the sun. The traditional sun hat won’t go a miss, either. They can be picked up for about a fiver.
For the more daring of you out there, why not invest in a floral shirt? Not only are they a bit of stylish fun, their summery style will certainly get you noticed in the crowds.
lAll the items and brands mentioned in this article can be found at Harveys.