The UK’s summer race season is here, which means it’s time to style your look for all the best events. Whether you’re looking to turn your American derby day outfit into something Duchess of Cambridge-approved or are starting from scratch, there’s an outfit that’s perfect for every event and every style – even with the strict dress codes.
We’ve rounded up our favorites of these must-see events, and of course – some gorgeous outfit options for those in attendance. Whether you’re in the Royal Enclosure for the racing events or attending a race day party at home, these outfits are a gorgeous, on-trend way to encapsulate timeless British style.
The ASCOT horse races take place in Windsor in June. This historic racetrack is a sophisticated and grand venue, perfect for showcasing a bold, striking outfit – and it’s the place to see any and every type of oversized, colorful, and one-of-a-kind hat. Formal daywear and hats are required, but beyond those rules, the options are endless. Our favorite pick for these events? A glamorous and eye-catching polka-dot jumpsuit. This wide-leg style is a unique twist on the traditional dress, while the cap sleeves and waist tie add a feminine flair to your look. Pair this stunning jumpsuit with pearls and a wide-brim hat in a complementary hue for a retro-meets-contemporary look that will definitely make a statement.
Another key event in the English social season, the Henley Regatta is a five-day rowing event on the River Thames. For any multi-day affair, the most important styling tip is to pick something comfortable and versatile that matches your enclosure’s dress code. We love this v-neck evening gown for its simple elegance and delicate embroidered details. Hemline ruffles add a flowy, fun element ideal for showing off some killer shoes. Plus, this muted color palette is easy to personalize. Add a bold red lip for a crisp, high-contrast finish, or a coordinated jacket in another pale shade for a refined and gorgeous ensemble.
Heading to Royal Windsor Racecourse for the August races? This gorgeous track under the shadow of Windsor Castle (and site of the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) is a historic, must-visit venue. For a day at the Windsor races, try a knee-length dress in an elegant, muted color palette like this v-neck party dress. An abstract botanical print and metallic detail give this an ethereal and upscale feel – perfect for such a royal venue! High-heeled strappy sandals or nude pumps and a clutch bag will finish off your look (besides a hat or fascinator, of course!) for an outfit that’s equal parts chic, sophisticated and on-trend.
Whether you’re heading to one or all of these incredible events this season, finding the perfect outfit to wear for the races is no easy task. Browse Ever-Pretty’s amazing selection of race day outfits to find your favorite. Use these styling tips as inspiration to build a look that’s all your own – no matter what, we know you’ll look posh, sophisticated, and race-ready!
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