What to Wear to the Races

Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of horse racing and the stylish event is just weeks away so we’re getting race day ready with our elegant occasionwear.

With people of all ages flocking to Ascot in June, the whole family can get involved. But that infamous strict dress code can only cause problems, so we’ve decoded the rules and created three elegant ensembles for all ages. Whether you love British ladylike style or prefer a sophisticated monochrome look, here’s all the racewear inspiration you need…

For 20s

20sModel wears Oasis. Shop the edit- from left: Star by Julien Macdonald green daisy fascinator, Benefit Color by Benefit eyeshadow, Coast pink shell top, Coast Debenhams exclusive Hayden skirt, Faith pink beaded heeled sandals, Star by Julien Macdonald green lace clutch bag, Red Herring crystal rose teardrop earrings.

Elegant separates are a great way to get more for your money, so why not choose a statement skirt that you can wear time and time again? Wear it with a sleeveless roll neck top for a cool, on-trend option that adheres to the strict Royal Ascot dress code. Accessorise with block heel sandals and a fun fascinator that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

For 30s


Model wears Coast. Shop the edit- from left: Jacques Vert feather cluster disc fascinator, Clinique chubby stick baby tint, Carvela black court shoes, Coast Kadence spot dress, Jon Richard pearl earrings, No. 1 by Jenny Packham white feather clutch bag.

Monochrome is the chicest way to dress for the races. A mid-length dress with a lightweight chiffon skirt is a sophisticated and ladylike piece that’s perfect for the races. Team this Coast dress with a modern disc fascinator and feather accessories for a feminine yet contemporary look.

For over 40s

40sModel wears Coast. Shop the edit- from left: Top Hat by Stephen Jones ivory pearly veil hat, Lancome L’absolu Rouge, Jon Richard cream pearl necklace, Dune red colour block mini satchel bag, Faith white mid heel sandals, Phase Eight Iona flare dress.

An A-line skirt is the most flattering fit, so dress your curves in this Phase Eight fit and flare style for guaranteed va va voom. To complete the look, channel Audrey Hepburn with pearl beads, a wide brimmed hat and a slick of red lipstick.

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Get race ready with Stephen Jones

For more racewear inspiration make sure you head to our Oxford Street store to meet renowned milliner Stephen Jones. The night will include styling tips, canapes, prosecco and a limited number of goody bags will be up for grabs. If that’s not enough to get you excited, you’ll also have the chance to win an illustration, hat and bag by the designer.

Stephen will be in our Oxford Street store Thursday 28 May from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

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