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What To Wear To The Races: Ladies Race Day Outfits


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Heading to the races? It’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up and find a pretty outfit to take you there.

From styling tips, our favourite race day dresses to the finishing touches, our guide to race day dressing has you covered.

Race Day Styling Tips

  • Checking the dress code is a must: you don’t want your outfit to cause any entry issues, Royal Ascot is known to be strict with dress codes depending on what enclosure you’re in, whereas Goodwood is on the more relaxed side.
  • Comfort is key: you want to be comfortable in what you are wearing. You’ll be on your feet for a long time so you need a comfortable pair of shoes.
  • Check the forecast! The weather is not guaranteed so make sure you go prepared with an umbrella and sun cream – you never know which one you’ll need.

What Not To Wear

  • No jeans! They don’t need a second thought at being an option, they are too casual.
  • Trainers are a no go. Although they are comfortable and we love to wear them with our dresses, they’re not worth risking being turned away. Opt for smart shoes if you are wanting to wear flats.

Race Day Dresses

Occasion dresses are the most popular style for the races, lending an elegant yet sophisticated look.

Find our favourites below.

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  • 100% cotton
  • Broderie anglaise
  • Short puff sleeves
  • Buttoned neckline
  • Smock hem
  • Midi length

Bet on broderie in this eye-catching midi dress, guaranteed to earn you best dressed. The cotton-rich fabric will keep you cool with the elegant smock hem adding the finishing touches.

Simply add a fascinator or hat to complement cobalt.

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  • Large floral print
  • 3/4 length flute sleeves
  • Rounded neckline
  • Keyhole button fastening
  • Knee length

Flourishing florals are always a good idea. The large floral print gives an elevated feel to a versatile print. The knee length is a perfect alternative to a longer length.

Just add accessories of your choice and a glass of Pimm’s in hand.

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  • Abstract print
  • Halter neck with metal trim
  • Chiffon overlay with jersey lining
  • Maxi length

A sleeveless dress is the perfect option to give you versatility in styling, and weather. We’ve added pink finishing touches to brighten up a darker palette.

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  • Floral print
  • Shirred waist
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • Rounded neckline
  • Midi length

Our first place floral dress will take you to the races and beyond. The simple style makes it a versatile option for a range of events.

From the races to an upcoming wedding invite,

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  • Blurred animal print
  • Wrap neckline
  • Short sleeves
  • Midi length
  • Collared neckline

Try something new this season with a blurred animal print. The muted tones make it easy to work a pop of colour in or keep it neutral. The collared neckline gives a smarter appeal if you’re working to a more formal dress code.

Petite Race Day Dresses

Our petite occasion dresses are perfectly proportioned for smaller frames throughout.

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  • Petite fit
  • 100% cotton
  • Short puff sleeves
  • Buttoned neckline
  • Smock hem
  • Midi length

If you loved our cobalt blue dress but looking for a petite fit, our green broderie anglaise dress ticks all the boxes.

Designed for petite frames throughout, this dress has all your summer plans covered. Dress it up for smarter occasions or keep it casual for relaxed days out.

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  • Plunge neckline
  • Twist knot front
  • Sleeveless
  • Maxi length
  • Stretch jersey fabric

It’s our bestselling style for a reason! From the flattering twist front to the floaty sweeping hem, this dress is your simple yet full of detail option.

A simple dress is a great opportunity to add statement accessories with a standout hat or fascinator.

The sun is out (hopefully), you’ve got a glass, or two, of Pimm’s and your outfit secured. Ready to enjoy the day!

Looking for more? Shop women’s dresses and discover more styles to love!