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Off To The Races This Summer? Here’s Your Guide On What To Wear

Whether you're looking for a classic midi dress or a chic jumpsuit, explore our top choices for what to wear this season to the horse races.

Along with the glorious summer season comes a sudden array of events that can only take place in more reliable warm weather and the urgent requirement to pack our diaries chock-full becomes eminent. Although it runs year-round, one of those essential summer events, and one that shouts British summer culture, happens to be the horse races. Year after year thousands of people flock to the horse races held across the country, from the Royal Ascot to the Epsom Derby and from jump to flat races, armed with their sophisticated get-up and champagne glass in hand. Those familiar will know that when attending the races, it’s important to be clued-in about what to wear, if either by the rules and guidelines put in place by the event, or in order to not stick out like a sartorial-slacking thumb. To give you a taste of how tradition tends to restrict attire, women were just permitted to wear jumpsuits to Royal Ascot in 2017. Regardless of restrictions, the races are a hot spot for style, so you’ve got to be sure to wear something you’re comfortable showing off. But don’t fret! This is the time to get excited. We’re here to comfortably guide you on your way to finding your entire races outfit, so you look appropriately elegant, and of course, fashionable as ever for the exciting day.

Dresses

As far as the guidelines for dresses go, think more elegant and chic than and crop top and sequins. The hemlines for dresses should be longer, like just above the knee or lower. Popular choices are midi pencil dresses, peplum details and maxi dresses. Just make sure for Ascot your shoulder straps are at least one inch wide!
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Trouser Suits

If you’d like to boast your near 50-year right to wearing trousers to the races, this is the best way to do it. We recommend a camel colour suit to rock the neutral trend that’s very hot this season, or one that offers a brighter pop of colour. Pair with mule sandals in at just the right height to emanate elegance but preserve your excess-champagne stability.
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Jumpsuits

As aforementioned jumpsuits have just recently made their debut on the Royal Ascot scene. The races you may be attending may not be so strict, but nonetheless we’re grateful to have one of our favourite one piece wonders accessible to wear again. But to be sure you don’t fall short on sophistication, pick out of these jumpsuits, and pair it with the perfect sandal heels and a blazer on top in case it gets chilly.
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Hats/ Fascinators

Some races will make it a requirement to wear hats, and some even have a requirement on the size (at least a solid base of 4 inches for Ascot). But lucky for us, all are embraced since hats are back in the contemporary style scene anyway. Try to coordinate your hat with whatever suit, dress or jumpsuit you choose, but if you’re struggling on what to pick, a natural-coloured straw sun hat will always work, especially with this summer’s raffia trend.
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