What to wear to the races: 7 race day dresses

Judith Royal Blue Wrap Front Dress

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The races: a time to don your glad rags and bet your wages on the horse with the most interesting name (thank you Dragon Roll, for being as good at galloping as my love for sushi is strong). It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit and all the accessories that come with it. Even if you lose, you’ll still look great!

A day at the races is an opportunity to grab all the glamour that you can with both hands, particularly if you dream of dresses but live in jeans. Maybe you’re a fan of fascinators, maybe you couldn’t hate them more; either way, we have the outfits you need to take first place in the style stakes.

#1 Combine a bold colour with an elegant design

Race day dress codes vary depending on what venue you’re attending – what turns heads at Aintree may turn heads for a very different reason at Royal Ascot. If the dress code is more formal or conservative, make sure that your shoulders are covered, your dress is knee length or longer, and that you avoid plunging necklines. However, don’t mistake formal dressing for boring dressing – save beige for another day!

This bold cobalt blue dress combines an elegant and race day appropriate design with a head turning colour. The combination of a looser top with a bodycon style skirt creates a sexy yet sophisticated silhouette without showing too much skin. Win!

Add statement earrings and a rose gold clutch bag to bring the look together with minimal effort. Top tip – wedge heels don’t sink into grass, so avoid spilling your drink mid-fall and leave your stilettos at home.

Judith Royal Blue Wrap Front Batwing Dress

#2 Ladies Day is the perfect excuse to dress up

If the races are a school disco then ladies day is a prom – in short, it’s time to be as extra as you want to be. Think embellishments, think bright colours, think luxe and textured fabrics. Repeat after me: it’s impossible to be overdressed at Ladies Day.

This coral red number is feminine and flirty, perfect for hot summer race days. Elongate your legs with white wedge heels and add statement hair clips to keep your look on-trend. Hair accessories are a great alternative to fascinators and hats – look for ones with details such as faux pearls for an extra helping of glamour.

Fiesta Lace Mini Dress In Red

#3 You can’t go wrong with a maxi dress

Elegant and feminine, a maxi dress will never let you down. Maxi dresses are universally appropriate, no matter what race day you attend. Even better, wrap maxi dresses can be cinched in to help emphasis your figure. It’s also the perfect style for avoiding the dreaded Prosecco bloat. What’s not to love?

This maxi dress combines summer-ready pastel shades with a fun tropical print. The mix of the two is enough to make the dress pretty without being overpowering.

A wooden bag and wedge heels are perfect for pairing with this summer dress, keeping the look effortlessly simple but still on-trend.

Mint Green Bird Print Wrap Dress

#4 When in doubt, pick navy

If you’re not a fan of bright colours or colour in general, don’t worry, navy is here to save the day. Black can sometimes feel a little too gothic for a summer event, but navy lets you take your first steps into the world of colour without too much fuss.

This navy midi dress keeps things special with sheer lace detailing on the neckline and shoulders. Pretty and sophisticated, this dress is a true race day winner.

If this is the year you’ve decided to embrace fascinators, pair this dress with one in a matching shade.

Lyla High Neck Lace Top Midi Dress Navy

#5 Long sleeves can save the day

In the UK, correctly predicting what the weather will be on a certain day is about as likely as placing a winning bet. You might even end up experiencing three different seasons in one day – lucky you!

If you don’t want to wear a jacket or spend the day carrying one, this dress is perfect. The long sleeves will keep you warm but the lightweight material means you won’t overheat if the sun makes an appearance.

Neutrally coloured accessories such as your shoes and bag can be paired with gold earrings to finish the look.

Yondal Dress In Nude Leopard

#6 Pastel tones are always on-trend at the races

Whatever the current fashion trends are, pastel tones never go out of style for summer occasions.

This midi dress is simple in both design and colour – but don’t underestimate it. Sometimes less is more, especially at fancy events. Pair this dress with neutral heels and white accessories for a look that is simple but far from boring.

Kristen Strappy Peplum Dress In Blush Pink

#7 Classic race day dresses are always winners

A classic style of dress should not be underestimated when it comes to the races. We all know how great a little black dress is, but what about a little white dress? Perfect for showing off a tan, white is crisp, clean and fuss free – perfect for the minimalists amongst us.

This dress features double straps which keeps to a formal dress codes without being boring. The bodycon fit and midi length are universally figure flattering and look great on all body types.
Keep the majority of your outfit white with wedges and a statement clip, then add a gold bag as an extra special detail.

Vesper Donna Cream Strappy Pencil Dress
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