In a setting of thatched roofs, flowers, lawns and hopefully glorious sunshine, the Newmarket July Festival brings out a romantic garden party atmosphere with many racegoers enjoying picnics in the car park before and after the racing.

Gen up on our Newmarket 2017 Fashion Tips to make sure you feel your best on your big day out!

(Please note it is not permitted to take food and drink into the Premier, Grandstand or paddock Enclosures.)

The maxi dress is the most graceful and comfortable style when sitting on a picnic blanket, and when accessorised with a stunning hat, will also look elegant for the actual racing.

Coast’s Lisbon maxi dress with its vertical stripes of colour will help elongate and slim most body shapes. Price £159.

The colourful pops of pink, navy and yellow stripes in the dress teams well with our man’s outfit – see article…… They’d make a stunning fashionable couple!

Pick ‘n’ Mix Your Accessories

The safe and easy solution is to accessorise your striped dress with a bag, shoes and hat in block colours. Instead, show your confident fashionista side and mix it up with contrasting print accessories.

Influenced by pop art, Harvy Santos SS17 collection titled ‘Fizzy Pop’ is a youthful effervescent range of hats and headpieces. Also a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, Harvy has named his hats after her movie characters’ names. This is ‘Jo’ from the move Funny Face– a bumper straw coolie in a collage print of circles and adorned with fun coloured pearl balls and tulle pompoms.

One wonderful advantage of wearing a maxi dress is they can still look stylish even when teamed with a pair of flat or low heeled shoes/sandals – perfect for a day at the races. However if you are going flat, that doesn’t mean casual – sparkle in metallics or embellishments.

The Brasilia flat shoe makes a statement with a colourful Rio striped design to complement the dress, feminine pointed toe and a jewel embellished low block heel. Price £80 from Dune.

In the image the model is holding a metallic Isabelle pouch. Price £29 from Coast.

But we’ve decided to embrace the garden party atmosphere with Dune’s Flower Garden clutch adorned with sequins, diamante and floral embellishments. Price £75.

Complete the look with a statement cuff bracelet. Hobbs Luca textured cuff. Price £29.

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