What should I wear to the races?

Whatever your reasons for attending the races, whether it’s a day out, corporate event, a passion for horse racing or just an excuse to dress up. Dressing to impress is a must. That said, let’s explore the age old question……..

What should I wear to the races? I don’t know about you but this is a question that I often ask myself. I personally have a rule that I always wear a heel and a matching clutch, I also like to keep my make up natural for that classic look! Here are some other important points to consider:

  1. Don’t wear anything too revealing.

Always check out the dress code before you plan your outfit. Most premier enclosures and hospitality packages will have a dress code that you must adhere to. Consider keeping your breasts contained and your skirt below the knee for a classic and contemporary look. This can also include covering your midriff although the latest best dressed winner at Newcastle wore a matching cropped top and maxi skirt so sometimes anything goes.

2. Don’t be afraid of colour

This is your opportunity to play around with colours that you simply wouldn’t usually wear on any other occasion such as a wedding! Bold is beautiful and you can really have fun with colour. Try a bold colour clash such as yellow and pink or orange and blue for that stand out look or consider colour blocking with an all blue dress and blue fascinator but remember to break it up with a classy clutch and strappy sandals or classic court shoe to contrast.

You can even try a classic colour pallet with a stylish and classic white dress. Remember Meghan in White Givenchy at Royal Ascot. Just one word…. WOW

Meghan ascot 2018

3. Always wear a hat.

Whether you prefer a hat or fascinator a headpiece makes the outfit! There are so many beautiful headpieces around at the moment. If you want to stand out you can go for big and bold or subtle and subdued for the less brave.

I’m not sure I agree with the idea that you should find your outfit first then the hat, some of the best outfits I’ve worn I have based around my hat. My advice would be to visit your milliner and browse hats before you look for an outfit then you will have an idea of what sort of style you like.

4. Consider your outfit as a whole 

If you’re wearing a floral pattern consider picking out colours within the print and matching this to your hat, shoes or bag. There are no rules about whether you should match everything to your dress but make sure that something matches something else to create fluidity in your outfit. Remember every element should be considered to make it a whole, don’t just wear your comfy black sandals and clutch unless this flows with your outfit and hat. I even match my trusty umbrella!

Me 2017

5. Smile!

At the end of the day even the most stunning outfit can be ruined by a frown. I always believe that confidence is beauty and beauty is style. Wear your smile and catch the judge’s eye! Always remember that Ladies day is full of press looking to get the perfect picture and you never know who will be watching.

What do you think is the most important when choosing your race day outfit?

What are your style tips for that perfect racing style?

Let me know, Love Jo


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