Race day womens outfit guide

Have you left it till the last minute? Elegant outfit suggestions and dress code guidelines to help you thrive on ladies day 2023.

Are you looking for what to wear to a day at the races? With the horse racing ticket in the bag, it's all about finding that stand-out style. Look no further; at Sarvin, we have everything you need and more to get you races ready!
You want to avoid crossing any fashion lines when deciding what to wear to the races. Finding the perfect look can be difficult, with many big race days governed by dress codes.


What TO Wear To the Races
A "Day at the Races" is a popular occasion where many people dress up and have a good time with family and friends. Although not always compulsory, dressing up adds to the excitement of race day and is typically prioritised above elegance and style from head to toe. The good news is that race day attire qualifies as appropriate for a wedding or christening, so you'll be pre-prepared for additional summer activities. But remember that your outfit should be comfortable enough to wear all day, as you will be moving around and standing outside. Since each racecourse has its own distinct dress codes on its websites, your clothing choices may vary depending on the racecourse, your enclosure, and the time of year.


Style note: The golden rule of race dressing is not to wear stilettos since you will likely be on your feet all day. As a result, opt for a chunky heel to avoid sinking in the grass. If you're extra prepared, a perfect solution to aching feet is to bring a foldable flat shoe in your clutch. Most importantly, don't forget to bring a jacket or pashmina so you don't get caught in a shower unprepared.


What NOT to wear to the Races

Give the denim a day off. Leave your favourite trusty comfy jeans and white trainers behind and exude effortless confidence by putting yourself out of your comfort zone. 

Trouser Option: RAVEN

Raven wide leg velvet trousers

However, there are plenty of fashionable alternatives to your regular, tried-and-true favourites if you want to wear trousers. Why not try elegant wide-leg trousers teamed with a pretty blouse for a chic race day look? Our RAVEN trousers suit a woman who wants to project a powerful, confident look. It features a floor-length black velvet trousers design and is made from luxurious black silk velvet fabric. The perfect outfit for a horse racing day when it's cold. Pair it with the LA VITA top in black or bronze for an elegant and sophisticated look.



Elegant Summer Dress for Race day

A flowing, elegant dress is the ideal outfit to wear to the races in the summer; something that makes you feel good while also making you stand out from the crowd. For those who enjoy fake tans, the floaty dress increases ventilation, keeping you from becoming sticky and preventing disasters. Embrace effortless sophistication and simple femininity with a floaty summer dress.


Option One: LARICA 

Larica Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Any race-goer will look exceptional wearing our LARICA dress. The full-sleeve maxi dress has a figure-flattering waistline, a striking plunging neckline, a luxurious silk-like feel, and puffed sleeves. It is flattering, timeless and chic, making you feel incredible and looking the part. Finish with similar shoes and accessories to create a stylish colour block effect, and make a statement with a contrasting headpiece. The LARICA, like all of our pieces, can be worn for various events; for a summer wedding style, try statement earrings and a colour-pop heel. 


If you would prefer a shorter style of LARICA, we offer this dress as a Mini that rests above the knee called ARIA. 

Aria Long sleeve mini dress

Option Two: Verdant

The Verdant dress is a graceful interpretation of a traditional wrap dress design, reminiscent of the 1970s and giving it a boho-chic feel. Crafted from beautiful lustrous eco-friendly jacquard fabric. With this look, you'll achieve the wow factor. The Verdant dress is flattering on any figure and highly versatile, thanks to its sleek wrap belt accentuating the waist. Add a black heel, a matching clutch bag, and a statement hat to turn heads in the Royal box. Put on a black blazer after the races for a modern evening appearance.

Verdant Long sleeve maxi dress

Option Three: NINA

Nina Jaquard skater dress

NINA is guaranteed to catch attention thanks to its striking jacquard fabric. It has a skater silhouette and is made in a regular, relaxed fit for a feminine appearance. The skirt's hemline rests at knee length, and the sleeveless bodice is finished with a flattering sweetheart neckline. It gives the sophistication reminiscent of the 60s. 


Option Four: AGATE

Agate Flutter sleeve dress

Lend a romantic fairytale feel to the race day in our AGATE dress. The AGATE flutter sleeve dress has an hourglass midi silhouette shape, fitted elasticated waist, and floaty sleeves for an ethereal touch. The dress features a black silk-blend detachable slip and a gold and black embroidered and embellished mesh dress overlay. 


Polka Dot dress

Option: SIMA

Sima pink polka dot

Pretty in pink, spotted in SIMA. We are dotty about polka dots - they certainly worked for Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The polka dot dress is timeless, and this monochrome version is one of the best midi dresses for the races. Use one of your favourite belts to cinch in your waist for a timeless print and colour combination. Brighten up the room with spring colours that feel fresh and fun. Alternatively, you can shop SIMA in black. 



Play with Colour.

A day out at the races is an excellent opportunity to experiment with colour in your closet. Choose vivid colours or pastels, depending on what you feel most stylish in. Look to The Duchess of Cambridge's go-to outfit of a midi dress and a chic pair of heels for fashion insights. This design will ensure you stand out for all the right reasons. A prime example of the dopamine dressing trend, you'll be instantly more cheerful when you put this dress on. 


Option One: AMBER

Amber mustard wrap dress

Our AMBER mid-length gown exudes romance. Its wrap-front neckline, floaty bell sleeves, and cinched waist make it the ideal dress for a race day. You don't have to put it away after Ascot because it is perfect in any weather; for both cooler and warmer days. We advise wearing black shoes, a matching clutch, and a statement hat or fascinator for the races.


Option Two: SHAY

Shay backless red long sleeved dress

The SHAY midi-dress was made for the races. The colour alone will turn heads, as it is beautifully crafted in a silky red fabric. Showcasing a timeless silhouette, the Shay dress flows over curves and moves elegantly when you walk. The deep v-neckline draws attention to the collarbone, and the long sleeves provide practicality which means it is practical for both summer and winter. Add nude accessories and an oversized headband for a refined and on-trend look. Alternatively, we have SHAY in mustard available.



Head-to-toe Monochrome.

Minimal effort, maximal impact in Monochrome. White is a strict no-no at weddings, so formal day dresses are frequently considered impractical. (Not to mention the stain factor.)This is your chance to wear the white dress you can't wear to a wedding. On the other hand, nothing is stopping you from wearing your favourite staple black dress either!



Morena lace mini cream backless dress

Leave a long-lasting impression in our ivory MORENA dress. The MORENA long sleeve backless dress, a Sarvin signature, is a stunning option for all of your glamorous race day. This white backless dress is knee-length and made of a lace fabric that feels like a second skin. MORENA long sleeve backless dress has an exposed back, a hidden hook and eye neckline fastening, and twisted detailing at the base for added allure. Partner with black accessories for a striking monochrome look. We also have MORENA in black available. 




Bianca long sleeve black front twist slit dress

"Modest length" is an easy rule to follow since languid, elongated silhouettes are once again the way to stand out in a crowd. A timeless piece featured in Vogue and Flawless magazine, our must-have BIANCA black twist front dress in black is a beautiful option that'll carry you through most occasions in any season. The waistline of this slick long, twist-front midi dress is cinched in with a sophisticated front knot pattern. Bianca's deep plunge v-neck and tantalising leg slit will be the talk of the races. Pair with black and white touches for a classy appeal. 


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