What to Wear to the Races

what to wear to the races

Winning outfit and dress ideas for a day at the races

A day at the races is a fun spring and summer occasion but, if you’re no good at picking a winner on the race course, make sure you’re first past the fashion post with a winning race day outfit.

Here’s some ideas on what to wear to the races…


Having tickets for the most relaxed area of the race course ensures practically anything goes, though be aware that fancy and costume dress is not permitted at many venues.

Fascinators are welcome in this area and the Grandstand at Royal Ascot even insists that ladies wear a fascinator, hat or headpiece at all times – other courses may not be as strict on this policy.

This new season floral fit and flare dress is perfect for a glam day in the grandstand. Layer with a cropped chiffon cardi and pair with bold accessories to make a chic style statement on the day.

what to wear to the races
Floral Fit & Flare Dress // Chiffon Back Crop Cardigan // Patent Clutch bag // Navy Bow Fascinator // Diamante Leaf Stretch Bracelet // Cut Out Court Shoes

Club Enclosure

This area tends to be slightly more formal than the Grandstand, so you can go up a glamour gear if you have tickets for the Club.

Smart jackets and sleek, elegant styles are more suitable than loud patterns and prints.

This double layer jumpsuit is a fashion winner in our eyes. From its bold red colour to its flattering silhouette – this look is guaranteed to turn heads for all the right reasons!

what to wear to the races
Double Layer Jumpsuit // Tipped Crop Jacket // Black Disc Fascinator // Lace Clutch Bag // Diamante Cat Eye Sunglasses // Ankle Strap Heeled Sandals

Royal Enclosure

If you’re heading to Royal Ascot, the most formal fixture on the race day calendar, then you need to adhere to their strict rules and guidelines regarding dress code.

Ladies’ Day is the perfect excuse for getting dressed up but the look is classic and elegant, with a real emphasis on formal style.

This floral hanky hem dress, paired with an elegant crepe coat, is ideal for sipping champagne in the Royal Enclosure.

what to wear to the races
Blush Crepe Coat // Floral Hanky Hem Dress // Triple Hoop Earrings // Grey Patent Clutch // Blush Disc Fascinator // Diamante Multi Chain Bracelet // Ankle Strap Heeled Sandals

Follow these official Royal Ascot 2017 dress code guidelines to ensure you look the part this year:

  • Fascinators are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure, though a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat
  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
  • Trouser suits are welcome but should be of full length and of matching material and colour
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted
  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but tops underneath should comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code

UK Race Dates 2017

Grand National – 8th April

Scottish Grand National – 22nd April

Royal Ascot – 20th – 24th June

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Joanne Wilkinson

Joanne Wilkinson

Online editor, blogger, email marketer, graphic designer and creative copywriter at M&Co. Fashion magazines, American soap operas, loud music, cocktails, sunshine and red lipstick are just some of the things that make me happy.

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