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WHAT TO WEAR WHEN

WHAT TO WEAR TO THE RACES

We’re so excited that the races are back! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time fancy-event-goer, you might just be wondering what to wear to the races. Unlike the usual Friday-night-out look, a races outfit kinda has rules. Now is NOT the time to wear your fave ripped denim and sneaks, even if they’re drenched in luxe designer logos. A race-day dress with puff sleeves and perf pastels always fits the fancy-schmancy vibe or make your 'fit more modern and choose a co-ord.

Oh, and we haven’t even started on those finishing touches. The hat, the bag, the glam-yet-practical shoes (because now maybe isn't the best moment for sky-high stilettos)... Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of inspo coming. Keep scrolling for our tip-offs on what goes great with grass, bubbles and all-day fun. P.S. Always check the deets of their dress code (for their dress length, strap and neckline rules!) before you decide on The One!

MIDI DRESSES FOR THE RACES

The quickest and easiest way to look oh so sophisticated? The midi dress! Give ultimate summer vibes in florals and pastels, and add in chunky sandals (no sinking-in-the-ground situs over here).  Style tip: pair with a cross-body style bag. Gotta keep those hands free for canapés and champs.

GLAM RACE-DAY DRESSES

Calling all the girls that love to go all-glam, always. A white races dress brings main-character energy like no other – especially if it's got big blouson sleeves and ruffle deets.

A PINK RACES DRESS

Pastel pink, hot pink, dusty-beige kinda pink... When it comes to pink dresses, we REALLY don’t have a type. Short or long, with or without a split, we can't get enough. But for an extra-fancy occasion, why not add a print like the ones below? Now THESE are the dresses to wear to the races.

A PLUS-SIZE RACES DRESS

If you’re looking for a plus-size races dress that's cute, chic AND comfy, then you’ve come to the right place. Make it a polka dot moment with a sweetheart neckline, or up the cottagecore vibe with this gorge beige number. And the best part? You can wear these classic styles ANYWHERE – dress 'em up or dress 'em down.  

ALTERNATIVES TO A RACE-DAY DRESS

Not into dresses? Not a problem! Get suited and booted in a co-ord and some matchy-matchy tailoring. Keep it short with a tailored skirt and crop top, or play with proportions with an oversized blazer. We're totally here for the spring vibes this sage green set is giving. The flared bottoms, the super-slouchy blazer, the effortless steeze... Wear a top underneath the blazer, or you *could* dare to go bare. Not us testing the dress code!

SHOES FOR THE RACES

Just because we’re switching dancefloors for grass doesn’t mean our shoe can't be extra. Swap out the 6-inch stilettos for block heels or wedge sandals – styles that'll save you from sinking into the ground – and any reduction in heel height can defo be made up for in the colour and design stakes. Ruched finishes, wavey patterns, silver studs... These are deets that make ALL the difference. Uneven ground? Huge stretches of grass? It's nothing our heels can’t handle.

RACE-DAY ACCESSORIES

We can’t talk about the races without mentioning accessories – and not just any accessory, but *the hat*. Is it just us or is the hat more important than the rest of the race-day ’fit? Like, it IS the ’fit, you know? Lucky for you, we’ve thought ahead. Wide-brimmed straw hats are the ultimate two-in-one – they shade you from the sun AND they look good on you main feed. If you really wanna keep it super classic, opt for a simple black fascinator – it's always a safe bet.

BAGS FOR THE RACES

If you’re anything like us, you want options. From a dreamy petal design to an oversized ruched clutch, we’ve popped some of our fave pose-proof companions below. May the best races dress/accessory (oh and horse) win!!

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