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Day at the Races



With only a short time to go until the first race at Royal Ascot, it’s time to start seriously thinking about hats – and dresses, and bags, and shoes, naturally.

A day out at the races is always brilliant fun – who doesn’t enjoy drinking champagne and having a little flutter? – and it’s also the perfect chance to go all out with some fashionable new styles.  Whether you’re after a head-turning look that ensures all eyes are on you, or you want to update a favourite dress with some on-trend accessories, our fabulous race day edit has suggestions that will get your outfit up there with the front runners.

You can easily shorten your style odds by working some of this season’s trends into your outfit. Go for the vibrant colour look in this statement, striped dress from Jonathan Saunders/EDITION - or opt for something a little more classic like this Preen/EDITION laced dress (coming soon) or laced No.1 by Jenny Packham dress. You can’t go wrong in this chic monochrome number from Jonathan Saunders/EDITION, or if you’re a fan of the floral and pattern trends, try this rose pink embellished dress from No.1 by Jenny Packham for an elegant, ladylike look.

Go for an eye-catching finish in a stylish coloured hat or hatinator – we love these pink feathers and the lime hatinator from Julien Macdonald (both coming soon), this timeless blue blossom design from Top Hat by Stephen Jones and the fabulous size of the red Principles by Ben de Lisi number (coming soon).

And don’t forget about race day dress code – different racecourses and enclosures ask for varying levels of formality, but it’s fair to say that strapless dresses, bare midriffs and shorts should be avoided. Some race courses (Ascot included) have guidelines regarding the size of ladies’ hats – so it’s worth checking to be on the safe side.

So go on – dress up, have a punt or two and most importantly, have a fantastic day.

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