What To Wear To The Races: 7 Race Day Dresses

It’s a sunny day in the outdoor terraces at the races, someone’s just handed you an ice cold Pimm’s, and you’re pretending to know what the odds are on the bookies’ favourite, Smokey Robinson.

If you’re planning on making this vision a reality but are still wondering how to dress for the races, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a selection of entrance-making race day dresses and Ladies’ Day outfits.

Whether you’re searching for wow factor Grand National dresses, inspiration for Cheltenham race outfits, or Ascot dresses that will turn heads, you’re sure to find something to help you dress like a winner.



Your Emerald Winner

With its twist on the timeless high neck style and frilled hemline, this dark green dress hangs beautifully for a body-flattering fit and feel. Simply style with strappy heels, gold jewellery and a matching bag  for your day at the races.

Pleated Midi dress with frilled layer and scallopd neckline design in Green

Betting On Red

A bright block colour always makes an impression and will pop in all your race day pics. The red belted jumpsuit is the perfect event dress alternative, cut with a statement one-shoulder sleeve and the most figure-hugging fit. We love this look with cream or metallic accessories.

Red Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit - Evelyn

Red Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit Evelyn

First Place Floral

If you’re a florals girl and want something with a garden party feel for race day, I’d go for this halterneck split maxi dress. The waist really cinches you in, which is elasticated for a comfy fit. This is a piece you’ll reach for this throughout the summer, so even if you don’t win big, you’ll get lots of wears for your money.

Floral Tie Halterneck Split Maxi Dress In Navy

Floral Tie Halterneck Split Maxi Dress In Navy

A Sheer Failsafe

A spotted shirt dress is a style you can bet on, every time. This timeless favourite has had a contemporary makeover with its sheer design. It’s perfect with a black one piece and matching strappy black heels

Spotted design Lace shirt dress in white

Spotted Design Lace Shirt Dress In White

Race Day Florals

I love the bold-but-feminine print on this navy floral midi wrap dress. The wrap-around shape with self-tie belt is comfortable and flattering, with frill detail running along the midi-length hemline and fluttery angel sleeves. Try layering a light summer blazer over the dress to complete the look, and finish with some heels and a fascinator.

Front Wrap Floral Dress In Navy By Mela London | £48.00

Going For Green

Steal the show in this Green Bardot Pencil Dress. Designed with an off shoulder fit and a stretchy fabric, this showstopper hugs and holds you in all the right places. Throw in some gold, black or neutral heels to round off the outfit.

Kelsey Green Bardot pencil dress with gather detail in scuba crepe

EXCLUSIVE Kelsey Green Bardot Pencil Dress With Gather Detail In Scuba Crepe

Ladies’ Day Ready

This V Neck Detailed Floral Print Maxi Dress  will have you feeling comfy and confident, from your first drink through to the final race of the day. Designed to be slightly fitted at the waist, but loose everywhere else, it’s ideal for a day of eating, drinking and being on your feet. P.S. It comes with handy front pockets for your betting tickets too.

Oversized V Neck Detailed Floral Print Maxi Dress in Navy and White

Oversized V Neck Detailed Floral Print Maxi Dress In Navy And White

Race Day FAQs

Outfit Ideas For What To Wear To The Races In Autumn

Shift dress with tights and a blazer: This is a classic and versatile option that can be dressed up or down. Choose a dress in a rich autumnal colour like burgundy, emerald green, or mustard yellow.

Jumpsuit: A jumpsuit is a sophisticated and stylish alternative to a dress. Choose one in a tailored style and pair it with heels or boots.

Midi skirt and blouse: This is a feminine and elegant option that’s perfect for milder autumn days. Choose a skirt in a floral print or a solid colour, and pair it with a silk blouse or knit sweater.

Trousers and a top: This is a more relaxed option that’s still stylish and appropriate for the races. Choose tailored trousers in a wool or tweed fabric, and pair them with a blouse, sweater, or jacket.


What To Wear To The Races If You’re Pregnant

Attending the races while pregnant can be a fun and memorable experience, but choosing the right outfit can be a challenge. You want to be comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the occasion, all while accommodating your growing bump. Here are a few tips:

  • Focus on comfort. You’ll be on your feet for most of the day, so it’s important to choose shoes and clothing that are comfortable and easy to move in. Avoid anything too tight or restrictive.
  • Embrace the bump. There’s no need to hide your pregnancy! Choose clothing that flatters your figure and shows off your bump.
  • Layer up. The weather can be unpredictable at the races, so it’s a good idea to layer your clothing so you can adjust to the temperature.

Here are some specific outfit ideas for pregnant women attending the races:

  • A flowy maxi dress is a comfortable and stylish option. Choose one in a bright colour or pattern to make a statement.
  • A wrap dress is also a flattering option for pregnant women. The tie waist can be adjusted to accommodate your growing bump.
  • A jumpsuit or romper is a chic and easy-to-wear option. Choose one in a lightweight fabric that will keep you cool on a warm day.
  • If you’re attending a more formal racecourse, you might want to consider a knee-length dress or skirt with a fitted bodice. Just be sure to choose a style that is comfortable and won’t restrict your movement.

Don’t forget the finishing touches! A statement necklace, hat, or pair of sunglasses can really elevate your look.

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