Clodagh McKenna
– Dressing Sustainably for Royal Ascot

TV chef and darling of the “ITV This Morning” show, Irishwoman Clodagh McKenna is a presenter, author of several wonderful cookbooks and wife to lucky Harry Herbert, founder of Highclere Racing, a syndicate owners club for high calibre racehorses. As such, the big race meetings are a prominent part of Clodagh’s life, meaning a lot of elegant outfits are required!

Bringing a Sustainable Approach to Occasion Dressing

For Royal Ascot this year, Clodagh chose to look for a more sustainable way of dressing for the festival than purchasing new ‘everything’. With five days of racing, that’s a lot of outfits to plan, so she enlisted the services of the stylist Sarah Kate Byrne. Sarah is an expert in sustainable fashion styling and has perfected the art of mixing contemporary sustainable fashion with vintage finds to create eye-catching and on-point looks.


An expert in the field

An avid racing fan herself, Sarah knows exactly what it takes to stand out from the crowd at these occasions, without breaking the bank, thereby allowing her clients to be looking after the planet as well as their purses.


Designer Delights

Choosing to accessorise her lovely vintage finds with beautiful British-made millinery and her own shoes, Clodagh chose Tusting bags to complement two of her outfits. The vintage Versace lemon-yellow two-piece was perfect with a Tan Hettie and the navy and cream polka-dot silk Belville Sassoon dress was a match made in heaven for the Alabaster Hettie. Both dresses were from PretAVintage whose founder, Nicola Chinn, lovingly hand-sources perfectly pre-loved vintage designer items.


Tatler Approved

Clodagh and Sarah were certainly rewarded for their endeavours with Clodagh and Harry being spotted by Tatler Magazine and picked out as ‘best dressed so far’ on day two of the festival.

Shop Clodagh’s handbag choices here:

Hettie in Tan and Alabaster

Shop Hettie


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