Race Day Attire: Choosing your outfit


Fascinators, fun, and a whole load of fashion – the races are a great excuse to get really dressed up, but where do you begin? Sometimes with all the outfit possibilities it can be difficult to remember that while looking great is part of the day, it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable. After all, a trip to the races is a day-long affair.

Cool and comfortable
Part of keeping cool is down to the types of material you choose. Synthetic fabrics or those that cling are more likely to make you feel uncomfortable if the weather gets a little warm, while natural fabrics such as cottons are excellent for helping you keep at a nice consistent temperature. Be sure to check the label before you buy.

Keep your colours co-ordinated
If you’re thinking of wearing something patterned, or perhaps even just two different shades in your outfit, make sure you pick either the same or a complementing colour to match your accessories to. For example, a navy dress lends itself well to a navy fascinator, or a block colour dress in cream or a light shade can look quite dramatic with dark accessories.

Adding the accessories
A trip to the races is usually a day-long event, so it’s important to bear this in mind when it comes to your accessories. You don’t want to choose anything restrictive, anything that doesn’t sit securely for example on your wrist or in your hair, as well as something that’s comfortable to wear.

Fascinators are a popular choice for the races. They’re perhaps better than hats for this occasion as they can be attached to your hair ensuring they don’t fly away if it happens to be windy on the day! You can read our guide to choosing a fascinator here.

A handbag will be a must too. Here’s where it pays to make good accessory choices! Go for something large enough to fit your money, phone, make up and all the essentials, and take your time choosing it. With the many drinks and food that’ll be on offer on the day, it helps to have a bag you can either tuck neatly under your arm, or one that has a shoulder strap – there’s nothing worse than trying to balance your race tickets, a drink, your bag and anything else at the same time!

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