How to dress for the Races!


Oh the races! Such a fabulous day out.  A chance to get dressed up to the nines, watch the horses doing their thang, place bets and drink copious amounts of prosecco! What more could you want in life?

I’ve been to the races a few times, and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The atmosphere is just electric and its great to see what everyone is wearing. Last week I trotted off to the Epsom races and it was such good fun. 

I wore this wonderful dress from Chi Chi. I totally love the full skirt and the nipped in waist detail, its a great cut! Chi Chi have some really great party frocks, in fabulous colours; plus they are so reasonably priced. I heart them!I added my trusty Primark strappy sandals and an Accessorize fascinator. I sadly didn’t win any bets, but had a tremendous day otherwise!

In terms of dressing specifically for the races, I do have a few tips. I always think the ultimate thing to remember is you simply must be comfortable. You’re going to be on your feet for a long duration of the day, and there’s nothing worse than being in a dress and shoes you don’t feel your best in. Literally nothing worse! Also, I would recommend staying away from black. Black is such a wintery shade, and the races always take place in the summer months, so use it as an excuse to wear some light, pastel colours and experiment! The shops are filled to the brim with amazing occasionwear at this time of year. Always be prepared to spend that little bit more on a dress. The races are similar to weddings in that you sometimes need something that little bit special that you wouldn’t normally buy. Well-fitting frocks do tend to cost more, as do fascinators. The best shops that cater for everyone and do amazing dresses are Ted Baker (good for prints) Chi Chi (great for vibrant, prom styles) Needle and Thread (best for embellishments) New Look (fab price points and always on-trend) and Monsoon and Coast (great fit and particularly glamorous)

In regards fascinators and hats- if you want a unique hat that is expertly made, try Bundle MacLaren. My good friend Charlotte told me about this talented designer and the hats they produce are truly epic. They offer both bespoke and ready to wear items, but if it’s a tad out of your budget, they do a fab sale. Otherwise, Accessorize,  Phase Eight, and all department stores do extensive selections. I like muted colours like creams and blush pinks, as I think they suit most skintones, but bold, bright headgear is all the range too!

Here are a few outfits I’ve put together, and there’s something for all shapes and sizes, and all price points.

Best For Budget

Best Non-Dress

Blow The Budget 

Best Ladylike

Lastly, I always think its best to be totally prepared; take a little 'first aid' style kit.

My feet always hurt when I wear heels, so these Compeed pads are amazing for cushioning your soles. Mini wet wipes and deodorant are great for freshening up; plus they are so small and won’t take up too much room in your clutch. Lastly, invest in a portable charger. These are a real godsend- especially if you will be snapping away taking pics all day and uploading them to social media.

And lastly- HAVE FUN!

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