WHAT TO WEAR WHEN
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE RACES
By Steven Potter, 12 February 2020
It’s almost time for the races. You’ve bagged a ticket and got your mates together for the fanciest of fancy day sessions, and now the question is: what are you going to wear? If you didn’t know, the dress code can differ depending on which racecourse you’re going to, and even where on the track you’re watching from. Some of the stricter rules can even include dress lengths, strap widths and necklines. Generally, though, you can wear whatever you want, and before you pick your outfit, here are a few things to think about. Alternatively, head to the bottom of the page to get shopping right away.
A PRINTED DRESS IS ALWAYS A WIN
SAY YES TO A BODYCON DRESS
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A FROCK
CHOOSE YOUR SHOES WISELY
FASCINATOR OR HAT?
Apart from the odd wedding, chances to actually wear a fascinator are kinda slim – so, why not take every opportunity you can to wear such an extra-AF accessory? They're basically race-day uniform, and we have loads of options, ranging from ‘subtly chic’ to ‘look at this work of art on my head’.
If you’re cringing at the thought of totally impractical (but always fabulous) headpieces, a smart wide-brim hat can be the more low-key option. Heck, you can even get away with a straw hat if you like. Is there a more summery look than a white broderie-anglaise dress with an oversized straw hat? No. There isn’t.
Skipped straight to the bottom? Fair enough. Here's are the key need-to-knows:
• Printed dresses are always a win – time to go loud, right?
• Say yes to a bodycon dress
• You don't have to wear a dress – suits and tailoring are a cool choice, too
• Choose your shoes wisely – block, platform and flat styles are your race-day BFFs•
• Definitely take this opportunity to wear a fantastic fascinator or a statement hat