Ladies Festival of Racing Style Guide

Attention ladies, Festival of Racing is almost here! With warmer weather on the cards and a relaxed dress-code in place, the six week event is unique opportunity to let your hair down and embrace stylish comfort over the high-fashion of spring. If you’re a Festival of Racing newcomer or in need of some inspiration, we’ve got a few tips to help you find the perfect outfit.

Have fun with textures and embellishments

Be chic and fancy free with feminine silhouettes. Think flowing maxi dresses or pleated midi skirts in metallic hues paired with an elegant button-down or off the shoulder blouse. Look for pieces in easy to wear fabrics such as linen or cotton, which look smart but will also keep you effortlessly cool all day long. For a fun and playful look, try an on-trend culotte jumpsuit in a bright colour or fabulous print.

Love a little wow factor? Add a touch of drama with a bell sleeve that would put Studio 54 to shame or luxe up a simple white frock with a velvet mule in daring dark red or royal blue. For a touch of girly-glam try a starched cotton sundress complete with shoulder ruffle accents.

It’s all about colour

Nothing says relaxed race day fashion like some bright pops of colour! Hot off the runways of Paris, Milan and New York are orange, yellow, lavender and hot pink which are all perfect wow colours for summer. As we move into the cooler temperatures of March, try rich jewel tones of plum, midnight and emerald in silky fabrics with a longer sleeve.

Style it up with shoes and accessories

Festival of Racing is all about warm days and picnics on the lawn so remember to choose your footwear accordingly. A simple strappy leather slide is great for comfort factor, or if you prefer a bit of height, a stacked wedge or block heel sandal will do the trick.

The upcoming season is also a great opportunity to reuse your accessories from spring. Because what’s not to love about a bold chandelier earring or statement necklace? In the handbag department, stay on-trend with a so hot right now bamboo ark bag or round rattan cross-body to keep your hands free for plenty of champagne selfie moments.

And finally, headwear. To hat or not to hat? It’s up to you! An elegant boater or wide-brimmed fedora are perfect sunsmart options for warm days and add instant Bianca Jagger-esque chic to any outfit or add a modern boho spin with a silk scarf tied over a simple ponytail.

A day at the races isn’t complete without a fabulous outfit. Take our tips on board, inject a healthy dose of personal style and you’re good to go. And most importantly, don’t forget to share your OOTD with us by tagging #FestivalofRacing across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.