It won’t be long until we can spend the days sipping Pimms and cocktails in the sun, whilst watching one of the oldest sports in the country. And that, of course, means we have to start thinking about the wardrobe too, so here’s our pick of stylish dresses for the races.
The most important thing for dressing for the races is to ensure you adhere to sartorial etiquette, depending on which horse racing event you’re attending, ensure you know if there are any particular fashion rules you need to follow. Take heed of rules concerning hemlines and hat size if you don’t want to be sneered out of your chosen enclosure.
Now is the time to start thinking about those all-important race outfits; you should be oozing with elegance and glamour.
Shape-wise, A-line is always a flattering option, creating a tiny waist, plus, this style is always fun to wear, but if you’re going for the full-skirted look, keep the silhouette classic and accessories minimal to avoid looking like a pantomime dame.
Mid-length hemlines are ideal for those events with strict dress codes and don't forget your hats or fascinators is the code calls for it.
If you want to go for a more boho, relaxed vibe you could wear a floor-grazing maxi dress, these look great paired with wedges to help really create a statuesque look. But, they're also great if you'd prefer to wear flats, a pretty sandal will look just as nice, and because the dress will hide the shoe, no one will ever know.
When picking a colour to wear it’s advisable to stick to classic colour combinations, monochrome will forever be timeless and look elegant. Just make sure you avoid red wine spills on the day.
Pretty pastels definitely work every spring, and of course, embrace white for this occasion, there are some gorgeous white dresses and jumpsuits on the high street and they're not going to be suitable to wear for weddings in the summer.
And if the springtime weather calls for a jacket on the day make sure it compliments your outfit and you don’t throw on any old piece because the unpredictable British weather has taken a turn for the worse.
The important thing is that you remember to balance your look, if you choose a bold outfit, keep the accessories to a minimum and avoid too much jewellery or headwear, instead opt for a simple metallic headband.
However, if you choose a simple dress in a block colour, embrace the style of the races and pair it with a stunning hat or fascinator to really elevate the look.
Browse our pick of the perfect race day attire to ensure you stand out in the crowds, this season.