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In-house office picks & styling options: our favourite Races dresses.


Race Day is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious events in the sporting world, and it's a perfect opportunity to showcase your fashion prowess. Whether it's Bath Races, Royal Ascot, or any other race day event, it's crucial to dress the part.

An exciting event that brings together fashion and horse racing. It's a day where you can dress up in your best outfits, sip champagne and place your bets on the horses. But with so many fashion trends and styles out there, choosing the perfect Race Day dress can be overwhelming. That's where we come in. As a skilled assistant specialising in digital marketing, I've put together a guide on the latest Race Day dress trends and styles to help you stand out and impress the crowd. From bold prints to pastel shades, we have all the tips and tricks to ensure you look and feel your best on this special day. So, whether you're a seasoned race-goer or a first-timer, we've got you covered with the latest fashion trends and styles to make your Race Day experience unforgettable. Let's dive in and get ready to turn heads!

So, whether you're looking to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn or make a statement with a daring outfit, read on for our top picks for race day dress trends.


Understanding the dress code for race day

Before choosing a dress for Race Day, it is crucial to understand the dress code for the event. The dress code may vary depending on the racecourse, but most Race Day events have a dress code. The dress code usually entails wearing attire that is smart, stylish, and elegant.
For example, the Royal Ascot Racecourse in the UK has a strict dress code that requires ladies to wear dresses or skirts of modest length and hats or headpieces with a base diameter of at least 10cm.


Emerging Trends in race day dresses

The fashion industry is constantly evolving, and new trends emerge every season. Race Day dresses are no exception. This season, some of the emerging trends in Race Day dresses include bold prints, pastel shades, and asymmetrical necklines. 

  1. Bold Prints: Bold prints are making a comeback this season. From animal prints to floral patterns, bold prints can add a statement to your Race Day outfit. Pair a bold print dress with neutral accessories to tone down the look. - Shop SOPHIA. Shop LARICA.

  2. Pastel Shades: Pastel shades are perfect for spring and summer Race Day events. From soft pinks to baby blues, pastel shades are a timeless trend that never goes out of fashion. Pair a pastel dress with nude or metallic accessories to complete the look. Shop SIMA.

  3. Asymmetrical Necklines: Asymmetrical necklines are a stylish way to add some edge to your Race Day dress. From one-shoulder dresses to off-the-shoulder necklines, asymmetrical necklines are a great way to show off some skin while still maintaining a classy look. Shop ROYA. Shop ROSHA.


Classic race day dress styles that never go out of fashion

While new trends may come and go, some classic Race Day dress styles always stay in fashion. These styles include the A-line dress, the wrap dress, and the shift dress.
  1. A-line Dress: The A-line dress is a timeless classic that is perfect for Race Day events. The dress flares out from the waist, creating an elegant, stylish and comfortable silhouette. Shop NINA.

  2. Wrap Dress: The wrap dress is another classic style that always goes in fashion. The dress is versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair a wrap dress with nude heels and a clutch bag for a chic Race Day look. Shop VERDANT. Shop AMBER.


Factors to consider when choosing a race day dress

When choosing a Race Day dress, there are several factors to consider. These include the dress code, the weather, and your personal style.
  1. Dress Code: As mentioned earlier, it is essential to understand the dress code for the event before choosing a dress. 

  2. Weather: The weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to choose a dress that is suitable for the weather. Choose a lightweight fabric that will keep you cool if it's hot. If it's cold, opt for a long-sleeved dress or pair it with a jacket or coat.

  3. Personal Style: Choose a dress that reflects your personality and makes you feel comfortable and confident.


Accessorising your race day dress

Accessories are essential to any outfit, and Race Day dresses are no exception. Accessories can elevate your Race Day outfit and add some personality to your look. 
  1. Hats: Hats are a popular accessory for Race Day events. From fascinators to wide-brimmed hats, hats can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your outfit.

  2. Jewellery: Jewellery can also add some sparkle to your Race Day outfit. Opt for delicate jewellery that complements your dress and adds some shimmer to your look.

  3. Shoes: Shoes are another important accessory for Race Day events. Choose comfortable shoes that you can walk in, as you will be on your feet for most of the day. Nude or metallic heels are a safe bet as they go well with most dresses.


Hair and makeup tips for race day

On Race Day, your hair and makeup are just as important as your outfit. Choose a hairstyle that complements your dress and face shape, and allows your hat to sit comfortably. Keep makeup natural with a dewy finish foundation, adding colour to your cheeks and lips. Avoid heavy eye makeup and opt for natural-looking eye shadow and mascara.


Celebrities are often seen at Race Day events and can be a great source of fashion inspiration. 

  1. Kate Middleton: The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her elegant and sophisticated style. She often wears tailored dresses and fascinators to Race Day events.

  2. Meghan Markle: The Duchess of Sussex is known for her chic and modern style. She often wears understated yet stylish dresses and hats to Race Day events.

  3. Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham is known for her bold and daring style. She often wears statement dresses and hats to Race Day events.


Our office picks what we would wear to Bath or Ascot Races.

A small, close-knit crew works together to create the independent fashion label Sarvin. Supporting small companies is essential now more than ever as they navigate the unpredictable times we are all experiencing. Sarvin strives to be as open and honest with our audience as we can because we want to build a community of artists, businesspeople, thinkers, and believers.

Sarvin: Founder and director - LARICA.

Races style guide

" An interesting fact about Sarvin is that the brand began when I was seeking an exclusive piece to wear for the races, and I could not find the right fit and colour on the high street, so I crafted my own masterpiece and the rest is history! Going to the races with my partner has always been an enjoyable occasion. My priority for choosing a race-day dress is how it feels and moves on the body - not how it hangs on the hanger or fits on a mannequin. The LARICA design is a top favourite of mine for the races; it truly has a personality of its own. Having been born in Iran, raised in India, and now raising a family in the English countryside, this garment perfectly blends all three from its Persian-influenced hand-painted design matched with the frolicky balloon sleeves and floaty airy silhouette. This dress carried me through pregnancy and beyond. I would let the dress do the talking and style this dress for the races with all gold accessories, including heels, clutch, and a navy hat."


Beth: Copywriter, PR and marketer. - LEA in Red.

lea batwing dress

" Vintage is at the heart of this piece. I Love all eras, from the 20s to the 70s, with my style icons including Pattie Boyd, Cher and Bianca Jagger. Reminiscing on eras for inspiration and re-energising them into your wardrobe is the perfect way to add a touch of fun and personality. LEA in red, to me, is a piece you can love and cherish always. A dress that celebrates the female form, acting like second skin through its silky-stretchy fabric. Since I am curvier on the bottom than I am on the top half of my body, this batwing detail perfectly balances my figure, creating an hourglass look. I would partner this dress with statement rose earrings, a red classic feather cocktail pillbox hat, a black textured clutch and matching black strappy heels to create a sultry look for the Ascot or Bath Races. An outfit that exudes personality and confidence is pivotal to choosing any outfit. Vivid colour combinations are also a must "


Emma: Assistant Designer - VERDANT. 

Races styling guide with emma

" The Race Day, to me, is all about elegance and timelessness. Keeping in mind this feel with some vintage chic, VERDANT ticks all the boxes for me, with a subtle nod to the 70s in the sleeves. It's a perfect dress that can be styled or dressed for more casual events, making it a wardrobe staple. The wrap dress has been a trendsetter for the past few years, and with its flattering shape, it is easy to see why. Looking good and feeling good is ideal to start any day.  I would tap into the 70s rock and roll vibes in my styling, allowing my personality to shine. Using the pop of bright green and enhancing it through accessories and fascinators in a matching colour. However, with the beautiful colours featured in Verdant, it offers many variations to style; a dress you can always change up and re-invent."


Katie: Assistant Designer - ROSHA in Ivory.

Katie Styling for the races

" I love wearing either black or white with a pop of colour from time to time - the 90s/ early 2000s is my favourite era, such as icons like Jennifer Aniston! Gigi Hadid's street style is another favourite; I love its versatility and elegance. The 90s slip dress has made a comeback, so the ivory Rosha is my new wardrobe staple. It has that 90s feel, but it has more of a contemporary twist because of its twisted spaghetti straps, a unique feature that makes a beautifully subtle statement. Perfect for the races to achieve an effortless look. A timeless piece that will be loved all year round. This dress empowers me as a woman; it makes me feel so sexy in my own body. I would pair this with either bright pink or blue strappy heels and a matching fascinator for a pop of colour. " 

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