If you’re a big fan of horse racing, you’ll know that the upcoming Grand National Races are just around the corner. And don’t forget Lady’s Day! The much-anticipated event celebrates not just racing, but the best fashion and styles around, too. As well as familiarizing yourself with the correct etiquette on how to behave at the horse races, knowing the do’s and don’ts of what to wear to the races is essential for those new to the circuit and those who have been attending the races for years prior already.
- Wear a classy and tasteful outfit: Wearing your best occasion wear is imperative when planning any racing outfit. For men, this could be a suit and tie. For women, a formal dress or skirt will work perfectly.
- Accessorise: Take your outfit further with some statement accessories. Men can do this by wearing some funky socks, while women can take their outfits to the next level with a nice bag and some jewelry.
- Pay attention to the season: The different seasons will affect your outfit choices for the races, but if you’ve got tickets for the upcoming events in Spring and Summer, brightly coloured outfits will work well.
- Invest in millinery. When else do you get the chance to wear a fabulous hat? Investing in some staple millinery is a must-do for women at the races. For inspiration, check out the best millinery from Ascot last year.
- Add your personal touch: After you’ve chosen the basics of your outfit for the racing day, add your own personal touch that’s signature just to your style. A quirkiness, which is just you.
- Wear denim: As much as you might like wearing denim outside the races, this material is way too casual and not part of the dress code.
- Go casual: Speaking of casual, sports trainers, sportswear, and leggings are all no-go’s when deciding what to wear to the races.
- Show too much skin – It’s generally frowned upon to show too much skin at the races, for example, having your midriff out or wearing a strapless/spaghetti strap dress, especially in member’s areas. Choose an outfit that instead covers your stomach and shoulders.
- Have short hemlines: Looking like you’re going clubbing is a big don’t for the races, so short hemlines should be avoided. However, midi length is in.
- Show off your décolletage: There’s a time and a place for such a display, and it’s not at the races. Instead, you can accentuate your bust with a scoop neckline – but higher necklines are generally still more favored.
While the horse race is one of the most memorable events of the summer season, it’s important to follow the strict dress code. These do’s and don’ts should help you on your way.