How to Dress For the Races

How To Dress For The Races

If you are a fan of horse racing, one of your biggest style challenges of the summer could be how to dress for the races. Horse racing has a huge following in the UK and around the world and race days are often a big event and the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in your best clothes. But as with any big event choosing how to dress for the races can present a bit of a dilemma. First of all you need to ensure that you follow the correct etiquette, secondly and obviously, you will want to look incredibly stylish and thirdly you will need to think about the practicalities of what you wear.

Dress For The Races – Course Etiquette

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Cream Butterfly Dress Dorothy Perkins

The etiquette and dress code for race day will depend on a number of factors including which race course and which race day you are attending and also which type of ticket you have. Some parts of the race course allow for much more casual dress, whilst others have a strict dress code. If you are attending ladies day or another special event the dress code will be more formal and require a smart ladies day dress and perhaps a hat or fascinator. Other meets may be much less formal. If you are unsure, you can usually find full details of the dress codes for the date and course that you are visiting on their website.

Picking a Stylish Ladies Day Dress

Wine Shift Dress by John Rocha at Debenhams

As ladies day is usually the biggest event in the racing calendar, it is a great time to make a bit of an effort with your outfit. Everyone usually gets dressed up in a ladies day dress or suit and you will see plenty of hats. At Ascot, it is particularly formal and ladies go out of their way to wear the biggest and most noticeable hats.

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Tea length dresses look great for the races as they are elegant and stylish without revealing too much leg. A beautiful shift dress is also another great choice which is both flattering to most figures and very classic. If you are on a budget, a maxi dress on sale is the ideal way to look well dressed and stylish without spending too much money.

Dress For The Races – Race Day Practicalities

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Border Polynesia Flirty Dress – Oasis

The final consideration when considering how to get dressed for the races is your comfort. Race courses can be windy and depending on your ticket you could well be standing up outside for some or part of the day. If it is a windy day, think carefully about hats, fascinators and long floaty skirts, which could become a hindrance. A shift dress is probably the easiest style of dress to wear in these conditions. Add a jacket or shrug to keep you warm. Depending on the race course and your ticket, you may also be stood on grass, so consider wearing a wedge heel rather than a stiletto that will sink into the ground.

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Kimberley Patent Slingback Wedges – Missguided

Race day is really all about having fun so how every you choose to dress for the races, make sure that you are comfortable and stylish.

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