These days, racing fashion has taken a turn for the more modern, meaning matching suits are out and designer details, materials and sophisticated modern styling is in. Look to dresses with extra detailing, two piece outfits, jumpsuits and colourful prints for some seriously fashion forward outfits.
Matching hats or fascinators are a must, so look no further than our top 5 racing fashion outfits, then head over to GlamCorner and rent the entire outfit!
Women in Black
The easiest of colours to wear, black dresses have undergone a re-hash of sorts in the past few seasons, with designers now looking to more intricate detailing, delicate materials and precious design characteristics to really make the humble LBD stand out from the crowd.
Luckily for you, racing fashion scores a perfect 10 when it comes to LBDs so don’t be afraid to veer down this colour path when choosing your dress and fascinator. Our top tip is to steer clear of anything that’s reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Rather, look for a more romantic, girly take on dressing with an outfit that sports lace, ruffles, sheer silk organzas and floaty designs.
When it comes to the fascinator, match the fun style of your dress with some mouse ears or bows – leave the big hats to the older women in the VIP sections.
A Pop of Colour
For those who wear black, white or some shade of monotonal madness from 9-5, here’s your chance to have some fun with a teeny – or large – pop of colour. While some days in the racing fashion world call for Black or White, if the invite doesn’t dictate a colour, then go all out.
When it comes to choosing a dress that’s got more colour than a crayola box, take care with design details and materials. Colour will make you stand out regardless, you don’t want to look trashy in a dress with extra cut-outs and peek-a-boo sections.
Matching a fascinator to a colourful dress can be hard. If the dress has a print on it then choose one of the colours from that. Alternatively, opt for a neutral coloured fascinator or hat if your dress is a solid block colour.
Wonderful in White
Like summer time dreaming, there’s something about wearing a white dress that makes everyone feel good. Racing fashion’s next-in-line for best dressed are those who sport the all-in-white. Just like the Little Black Dress, the WBD is an easy go-to option for a day at the races.
Look for a dress that has different design details and is cropped-short in length so as to avoid looking like an out of place bride on her wedding day. Capped sleeves and mid-arm length sleeves make extremely flattering silhouettes, and when teamed with a neutral block heel (avoid stilettos, you’ll sink into the grass) and a cooky novelty bag, your outfit will be race-day ready.
Two Piece Dreaming
Two piece dresses may not seem racing fashion appropriate, however believe us when we say they make for a perfect race day outfit. The trick to getting them right is to ensure skirt lengths are moderate to long, and they aren’t so tight you have to hobble around all day.
Matching top and bottoms styled together work wonderfully for a day at the races. Look for a print that works across both pieces, or a matching lace set that gives the allusion of wearing a mid length dress.
Style the outfit with a modern fascinator – Morgan and Taylor has some great designs that work well with all styles of outfits. Finish the outfit off with a black block or wedge heel and a clutch or bag with a pop of colour. Now you’re ready to go!
Jumpsuits are all the craze this season, there’s plenty to look for when sporting a designer jumpsuit for this seasons racing fashion. The trick to wearing a jumpsuit as opposed to a dress at the races, is finding one that’s has long enough pants – avoiding any unwanted fashion faux-pas. Read: avoid playsuits!!!!
Our top tip: look for a classic style and shape that has small portions of modern detailing. Off the shoulder sleeves or neckline, cutout detailing and romantic lace materials for a stand out outfit.
When it comes to pairing accessories, a well fitted Akubra will keep you cool and sun safe all day. If you want to avoid hat hair however, then look for a modern take on fascinators for a fun addition to the outfit. If your jumpsuit is plain, opt for a colour to really make the overall look pop!