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The Full Guide to Races Style: What to Wear to the Races

by Goddiva Fasion 01 Apr 2019

The races is a wonderful British event which we all look forward to. For centuries the tradition of getting dressed up for the races has always been followed, and this year is no different. When it comes to creating a look for the races, there are a few fashion dos and don’ts to follow. Read on to discover what to wear to the races, with our full guide to races style…  

The Races Fashion Rules

First and foremost, when it comes to deciding what to wear to the races, check each individual events’ website to see if there is a dress code in place. Some races might be a little more relaxed, where as some will have very strict rules which could see you denied access if you don’t follow them.   Rules aside, while it can be tempting to go for something very traditional for this traditional event, there’s no reason why you can’t go for a modern and stylish look.

Both maxi dresses and midi dresses are ideal, as are opulent details, such as sequins, lace and embellishment.   The races present the perfect opportunity to go all out, wearing beautiful dresses you might not often get the opportunity to wear.

When it comes to footwear, go for something practical like a wedge, as you will spend a lot of time standing on the grass. Here are a variety of dresses to wear to the races, to suit all styles…

Contemporary and Simple Dresses to Wear to the Races

 Strap Tea Dress With Slits in Lime This beautiful midi dress perfectly combines traditional and modern style.
With a classic tea shape, the Strap Tea Dress With Slits in Lime - £65, is updated with wide straps and in a refreshing lime shade. This stylish occasion dress will be comfortable to wear all day, while the unique design will turn heads for all the right reasons.  
Back Strap Detailed Midi Dress in Nude As part of our Vicky Pattison collection, the Back Strap Detailed Midi Dress in Nude - £55, is the perfect figure hugging midi dress for the races. In a pretty nude shade, this style is super flattering and ideal for a warm spring or summer day out.  
Side Shoulder Bow Midi Dress in Orange This dress is a great option if you want to wear something bold and bright to the races. Perfect balanced with its traditional midi cut, the Side Shoulder Bow Midi Dress in Orange - £55, is classy and stylish.
With just the right amount of detail, the bow to the front combined with the eye catching orange shade makes this dress a winning option.   Halter Neck Midi Dress in Lime Make it a day to remember, in the Halter Neck Midi Dress in Lime - £55.
From our highly sought after Vicky Pattison collection, this stunning dress is a unique option for the races. As the ideal cocktail party dress, you’ll find more than one opportunity to wear this style. For the races, try teaming with a pair of simple neutral or nude heeled sandals and a matching bag, and add a fascinator for good measure.  

Traditional Stylish Dresses to Wear to the Races

 Long Sleeve Cross Over Midi Dress Black You can’t go wrong with a traditional lace dress for the races. The Long Sleeve Cross Over Midi Dress Black - £45, is ideal if you prefer more classic styles.
With long sleeves and fitted cut, the midi dress features allover lace and a sweetheart neckline for a super flattering races look.    Sequin and Chiffon Belted Midi Dress in Lavender Sequin dresses are absolutely perfect for the races. Instead of going for more evening friendly colours such as black or gold, try the Sequin and Chiffon Belted Midi Dress in Lavender - £58.
This pretty midi dress is belted at the waist to highlight the smallest part of your body, and includes all over sequins and short sleeves.   Floral Embroidered Mesh Skater Dress in Black This unique dress features all over embroidery, sheer sections and a dipped hem.
Truly charming, the Floral Embroidered Mesh Skater Dress in Black - £49, is the ideal dress to wear to the races if you’re looking for something feminine yet striking. Try styling with a simple pair of nude or black sandals and let the dress do all the talking, or add a pop of colour with accessories.  

Mesh Embroidered Midi Dress in Emerald This traditional style dress has been updated for the 21st century, with pretty lace in an fantastic emerald shade. With lace all over, the Mesh Embroidered Midi Dress in Emerald - £58, has a super flattering skater shape.
The pretty skirt skims the hips and the tummy, focusing the attention to the waist and arms with the semi-sheer sleeves.  
The races present such a fantastic opportunity to get dressed up and go all out. It’s worth putting in a little extra effort when it comes to finding dresses to wear to the races. Whatever you wear, enjoy the day!
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