We’re all about getting our glam on, and a day at the races is a top-tier opportunity to go all-out. With a history of strict dress codes, everyone is dressed to the nines, there are fascinators everywhere, and there’s endless bubbles on hand. There’s so much going on that it can be overwhelming trying to decide on an outfit, but we’ve got you covered. These are our top tips to help you prepare so that when race day finally arrives, our bets will be on you for best-dressed.
Go For Midi Lengths
There’s nothing we love more than a midi dress, as when you need a quick and easy way to look sophisticated, they tick all the boxes. When choosing your dress for the races that feels like you but still fits the dress code, we love a unique cut paired with a bold print. Our Estella Dress is the perfect pick. The sleek fit matches the chic-ness of the day, and the gorg’ keyhole back is a guaranteed head-turner.
It Doesn't Always Have To Be Dresses
Whilst the traditional option for many race-goers, dresses aren't for everyone. Don't panic; a chic trouser suit or jumpsuit can look just as elegant as any dress. You can’t go wrong with stunning florals. Take a note from the Duchess of Cambridge's book and stick to a classic base colour, like the navy of our Gabriella Jumpsuit, as they'll always look classy. To nail this look, simply pair a chunky belt and a cream fascinator with minimalistic gold jewellery and wedges for a put-together look that's effortlessly cool.
Accessorise To The Nines
If you ever needed an excuse to bring out all your extra accessories, this is it. A fun way to pull your look together is to match your accessories to your outfit. If you're wearing a floral piece, then pairing your hat and clutch with one of the colours in the floral print is an easy way to elevate your style, so it's just the right amount of fabulous. Some racecourses have specific rules about accessories (usually concerning hats), but if you’re attending a more casual event, then play around with headbands, hair clips and hair scarves for a unique look.
Another way to draw your accessories into your outfit is by sticking to a colour palette. By sticking to two colours, you’ll find it easy to make your accessories work, however you style them.
Leave The Stilettos At Home
At the races, you’ll most likely be on your feet all day, so this is not the time to bring out the stilettos. They might look amazing, but by the end of the day, you’ll be wishing you’d brought flats! Not only this, but there’s a high likelihood that you’ll have to walk across the grass at some point, so to avoid getting stuck in the mud, stick to shoes with either a chunky heel or a wedge.
Rules Are Rules
If you're struggling to pick an outfit, we'd advise checking the dress code. For example, the Epsom Derby has three different dress codes, depending on the race day, and The Royal Ascot is notoriously strict on what to wear to the races. Each racecourse has a different dress code, with varying levels of formality, so it's a good idea to read ahead so you don't get caught out.
What To Wear To The Races In Winter
Whatever your style, when choosing your winter race-day outfit, you’ll want it to be full-length. Jumpsuits are amazing options for layering, whilst maxi dresses keep you covered and classy. For outerwear, a tailored, longline wool coat is a fab option as it’ll keep you cosy whilst the full-length will protect you from the elements. When it comes to shoes, ankle boots will be your best friend. Throw on some tights under your outfit and pop on a pair of heeled ankle boots to look stylish without worrying about the rain and cold. Finish the look with a pair of leather or wool gloves.
What To Wear To The Races In Summer
We’ve got our fingers crossed for gorgeous sunny days at the races, so you’ll need your outfits ready. Stay cool in light and floaty dresses, or pick pieces made from materials like breathable viscose to beat the heat. Another fab option is to choose a piece with delicate angel sleeves, like our Cayenne Dress. Not only will they protect your shoulders from the sun, but the floaty sleeves are the perfect detail to elevate your look.