Comfortable and Chic Festival of Racing Fashion

Gone are the days where we have to sacrifice comfort for fashion in order to achieve the most stylish look for a day at the races. Say ‘ta-ta’ to sore feet from those unwearable heels and wishing you could loosen up your stifling tie. With the Festival of Racing celebrating a new kind of relaxed racing, you can be sure to dress the part with these fashion forward styling tips!

For the ladies, you’ll want to ensure ultimate comfort-chic with styles that allow breathability and movement. This year at the Festival of Racing, it’s all about the off-the-shoulder look. Bardot tops are all the rage as they provide a smart casual clean look, making way for statement earrings, necklaces or millineries. Pair your bardot top with a block coloured calf length skirt that sits high on the waist, strappy block heels and a simple clutch for ultimate classy comfort.

If you’re feeling the Autumn spirit, opt for a long flowy dress. Simplicity is key in looking chic for the races this year, so you want to go for lighter block coloured dresses, or an outfit with a subtle splash of colour like large printed pastel florals.

Wide brimmed hats never lose their appeal and pair perfectly with almost any style for the races. Swap out the intricately detailed millinery from the Spring Racing Carnival for a wide brimmed hat, perfect for a sunny day on the lawn.

For the gentlemen, leave the ties and blazers at home. Rather, feel free to go with a more relaxed look. Due to racecourse outfit restrictions, collared shirts, tailored pants and socks are a must for any race day, but don’t feel limited by this. There are many little ways to rock your own individual style whilst staying on trend and maintaining maximum comfort. All it takes is a keen eye for the detail.

To stay comfortable all day long, lean towards a crisp collared shirt with a fibre content mostly made of cotton so that you can stay cool whilst swept up in the excitement of the day. A light top with darker tailored bottoms is a fail-safe way to stay on trend at the races while you pair it with your best closed toe shoes. Finish the look with a clean cut watch and sunglasses, which nicely coordinate with the colour scheme of your outfit.

For the ultimate Festival of Racing relaxed look, try some tailored camel-coloured chinos, comfy boat shoes, a loosely-fitted collared top with a fresh pastel wash if you’re not feeling white and some rounded dark brown Ray-Bans paired with a stylish leather strapped gold watch.

With these tips, both guys and girls will be able to celebrate all the Festival of Racing has to offer in comfort and style. Each of the clubs have their own dress regulations so check out their websites for a full rundown. As a general rule, stay far away from denim, thongs, sport shoes, t-shirts or singlets, showing too much midriff or any type of dilapidated footwear. 

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