What to wear to the races 2019 | The Sun UK06/14/2019
PLANNING your outfit for the races can take weeks, even months to put together. If you don’t get glammed up, looking elegantly extra, is there even any point in going?
From Aintree to Ascot, there’s a rule that sews all the horse races together – a classic formal dress code. We’re talking fascinators, hats, heels (what’s mud?) and bouffant blow dries, obvs.
It seems like possibly the weirdest reason to get your glad rags on, standing in a muddy field filled with horses. But back in the 18th century, horse racing was a way for wealthy people to get together and show off their status enjoying an expensive sport. Not a lot has changed since, hence the flowing champers and drunken betting.
Royal Ascot is renowned for having the strictest dress code – they only started allowing jumpsuits in 2017 and don’t even allow fascinators.
Generally speaking though, with most horse racing events you’ll need a dress or skirt that sits just above the knee and definitely no midriffs on show.
To keep you in check with a super chic look, complete with hats and fascinators (non-Ascot racegoers), we’ve selected some outfits you can buy online now.
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Softer shades can create a sophisticated look – pistachio green and blush pink are a match made in race-wear heaven.
Channel the traditional picnic-at-the-races vibe with a summery basket bag. Then match with espadrille wedges – a summer staple and ideal for walking on grass without getting stuck – win win.
- Marcia Waist Detail Dress, £130 from Reiss – buy here
- Malin Mini Bow Disk Fascinator, £35 from Monsoon – buy here
- Espadrille Wedge Heel Sandals, £68 from Dune – buy here
- Braided Mini Bag, £19.99 from Mango – buy here
- Pearl Speckled Sunglasses, £19 from &Other Stories – buy here
Make your dress midi-length and long-sleeved for a sophisticated vibe. Deep hues like purple ooze refined glamour.
The horse races are replete with guests flaunting pretty disc fascinators, embellished with diamonds and bows – more is more.
Our final tip – cat eye sunnies will add a little extra sass to anything you wear.
- Phase Eight Magenta Stella Bow Fascinator, £65 from Debenhams – buy here
- High-beam Pointed Court Heels, £69 from Office – buy here
- Floral Embroidered Midi Dress, £47 from Chi Chi London – buy here
- Cat-Eye Sunglasses, £12.99 from Mango – buy here
- Billiee Metal Trim Clutch, £37 from Dune – buy here
Attending the horse races is the perfect opportunity to flaunt your regal side with an extravagant hat.
A smart, fitted dress and flamboyant accessories can dress up even classic wedge espadrilles – the ideal summer shoe for a day at the races.
Wear minimal jewellery to keep things feeling classy.
- Ted Baker Zamelid Fitted Sleeveless Crepe Dress, £169 from Selfridges – buy here
- Navy Suedette Cork Effect Wedges, £14.49 from New Look – buy here
- Tanya Wide Brim Occasion Hat, £125 from John Lewis – buy here
- Sterling Silver Perfect Circle Necklace, £15 from Accessorize – buy here
- Cersei Bow Envelope Pouch, £35 from Ted Baker – buy here
Lady in Red
A vibrant block colour suit is an immaculate choice for formal dress codes like the races – right now tailored ensembles are all the rage, so high street shoppers are spoilt for choice.
There’s nothing more radiant than a lady in red though.
Celebrate the old history of horse racing by embracing some vintage accessories like this dainty floral duffle and slingback heels – they’re even complete with a sturdy round heel to keep you from sinking into the grass.
- Modal Blend Suit Blazer, £69.99 from Mango – buy here
- Straight Linen-Blend Trousers, £49.99 from Mango – buy here
- Orange Flower Feather Fascinator, £28 from Debenhams – buy here
- Jelly Nude Sling Low Back Heels, £59 from Topshop – buy here
- Alia Floral Duffle Bag, £37.50 from Accessorize – buy here
Do you have to wear a fascinator to the races?
If you're planning to attend a race for the first time, finding out what's appropirate race day outfit is crucial.
The dress code is rather formal so women tend to wear a fascinator matched with their outfit.
Check out our options above for some inspiration.
Can you wear trousers to the races?
Formal and fancy wear is the key element in looking stunning when attending a race.
When it comes to deciding whether trousers are appropriate to wear, we suggest that you look at more suit-like options.
Choose full-length options with a matching suit top such as blazer.
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