We’ve got your Spring racing style covered.
The races is the perfect day out – but what to wear? We share the dos and the don’ts, the must-haves and the trends to stay on top of.
Dress code: how to get it right.
As formal occasions become less and less formal, the racecourse is one place where the tradition of a dress code holds firm. So what are the dos and the don’ts?
Wear anything that’s too tight, revealing, strapless or midriff-baring. At Royal Ascot, dresses need to fall below the knee! Let’s take a cue from the English and uphold tradition.
Know – and play by – the rules. Different race days may have different demands – for example, Derby Day is a strictly black-and-white affair. Gents, play to the theme of the day with a silk tie from Farage (Level 7).
Think outside the box. Ladies, consider tailored pants or a jumpsuit instead of a dress. Anna Thomas (Level 7) has the most perfectly cropped pants.
Remember it’s a daytime event so be sure to steer clear of metallics or sequins.
Wear a hat or a fascinator (more on this below).
Go for clean and elegant lines. For her, Carl Kapp’s dresses (Level 7) are beautifully structured and impeccably tailored, and for him, Brunello Cucinelli (also Level 7) is your go-to for classic style suiting.
Be on-trend. This season, florals, lace and pop colours are de jour. Anthea Crawford’s Geo Oasis collection is perfect (find it on Level 7) – ticking two of the three boxes with plenty of bold colours and bright florals.
The Spring Racing must-haves
Whether you opt for a traditional fascinator or go for a hat, a headpiece is a must. Keep it lighter than what you would opt for in autumn – think tulle, feathers and silk. The Treasury Room (Level 6) has a wide range of fascinators that are stunning (and affordable). Remember to always match your headpiece with your outfit. If you’re wearing soft floral prints, go for a wide-brimmed straw option for that Spring feeling.
Diamonds and pearls and more…
Statement pieces can bring your Spring racing outfit to life. Head to Ava Jewellers (Level 7) for diamonds, pearls, and other precious stones.
Or, if you’re looking for something that’s a little less traditional, the Treasury Room (also found on Level 7), has an array of tribal, designer and ethnic jewellery sourced from around the world. Our pick for this season? The amber pieces from Poland, set in sterling silver.
A carry-all clutch
When it comes to finding the perfect clutch, be sure to check in with French luxury stockist Cosette (Level 7). In stock now, Miu Miu’s pop prints are ready and racing to see you as a contender for Fashions on the Field.
Now that you’ve got your style sorted, it’s time to take a look at the form guide. Best of luck!