Racing Style Tips for the Summer Races

You’ve been invited to the summer races but What To Wear?

For Ladies’ Day races, most ladies make this a special occasion and dress accordingly. Aim for a glamorous look which is also sophisticated and well groomed. Think along the lines of a dressy wedding outfit without the worry of upstaging the bride.

Check the dress code

This varies depending on the actual raceday and the enclosure you will be attending, so before you buy your dress check the dress code. The best way to find out the specific dress rules is to visit the actual racecourse’s website.

 1. Precis Blue lace dress £119

2. Hawaiian Senorita dress by Joe Browns from Look Again £55

3. Look again Short blazer by Melrose £40

4. Dune – Abell silver block heeled court shoe £80

5. Phase Eight Tiffany fascinator in Monaco Blue £29

6. Zalando Chi Chi London Gwen floral dress £60

7. Phase Eight Lilac Flower print dress £140


Hats are not always compulsory (except for Royal Ascot) but most women prefer to wear them, as they finish off an outfit to perfection! If you opt for a flamboyant hat, keep the rest of your outfit chic and simple.

1 & 3. Hats from

2. Phase Eight Dress Five £250


Heels always bring glamour to an outfit, but when you’re on your feet all day and walking on both grass and concrete areas, they can be killer heels, literally! Most women won’t make it past the finishing post without kicking off their shoes. If you do decide to wear stilettos, bring a pair of foldable ballerina pumps in your bag for emergencies. Wear these to the races and for short intervals throughout the day.

An alternative is to wear a summer wedge or a block heel (so on-trend this year). You can go high, as the wedge or block will ensure you don’t sink into the grass or mud.

1. Moda In Pelle Plenty silver mid wedge sandal £59.95

2. Phase Eight – Jennie leather platform shoe £99

3. Dress from Betty Barclay: Vera Mont Robe Legere (available soon)

4. Chelsea Paris blue sandals – available soon

5. Wallis cream ankle lace sandals £45


Your handbag has to be of course stylish but also practical; after all it has to carry all your racing essentials such as plasters (for those blisters), wet wipes, lipstick, mirror, phone/camera, race card and cash for your bets. Check the weather forecast to see if you need to add sun cream or an umbrella to the list.

1. Paul’s Boutique bright blue bag was £75 now £60 from Zalando

2. Debenhams Debut floral dress £160

3. Lauren Ralph Lauren yellow city tote bag at House of Fraser £280

4. J by Jasper Conran pale blue croc handbag £110 at Debenhams

Dress for the Weather

You’ve chosen THE perfect dress and hat but the British summer can be unpredictable. Ensure the whole outfit comes together by planning a few accessories that will complement your outfit come rain or shine.

Cover up – if it’s chilly you may end up wearing a jacket or wrap for most of the day. So when purchasing your new dress think about buying a matching or contrasting jacket/wrap so as not to spoil your look.

Don’t let your umbrella let you down in the fashion stakes, if it’s raining this will be on view for all to see. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just in good condition and one that will complement your outfit. A compact umbrella is a good choice so you can keep in your bag when the sun shines.

1. Reisenthel umbrella

2. Debenhams Debut prom dress £110

3. Andara poncho from Hobbs £169

4. Black Jacket Seven cropped jacket from Phase Eight £160

5. Mode In Pelle monochrome sandals £75.95

Dressing up is a major part of the racing day experience. Adhere to the dress code and you’re sure to have a fun and glamorous day out. Happy fashionable racing!

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