Racing Season: What to Expect at a Day at the Races

It’s a great opportunity to see new and old styles.

Today’s guest post has some lovely ideas on what’s going on with fashion as the racing season gets underway.

In the UK, a lot of people are starting to gear up for horse racing season once again, as in the coming months, the Cheltenham Festival will be starting in Gloucestershire. British and Irish jockeys will be gathering to race against the best in the world with the hope of winning a prize pot that’s second in size only to the Grand National itself, but unbeknownst to many, it’s not just a chance to see some truly great horse racing; it’s also a chance to see some timeless fashion on show.

Horse racing is a classic sport that many continue to anticipate, and the Cheltenham Festival has existed since 1860, but there are many other horse racing festivals that take place in the UK, where you can see some truly classic styles as well. There are, of course, some key pieces to festival fashion:

Hats, hats, and more hats!
There must be something about the Brits and their hats, because you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone at a festival without a hat. These images from the Royal Ascot in 2012 is a perfect example:


Bright, bold, oversized hats have become a staple of the races ever since they started to appeal to younger generations. A photo posted by Betfair Ambassador on Twitter, however, shows that this wasn’t always the case:


Even in Australia, the trend of stylish, glamorous hats has not gone ignored, with Charlie Brown sharing these photos from the Magic Millions:


Bold, bright prints.

Regardless of the season’s trends, one thing we’re always bound to see at a horse race is a bright and bold print, hailing as a stark contrast against the often gloomy weather at British races.

2013 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Race Course

In the Dubai World Cup, which is often considered the most fashionable race of all, they even have a “Best Dressed” award in the Jaguar Style Stakes, where some beautiful dresses with matching oversized hats have been highlighted.

And the shoes? Of course high heels are still the standard, even though most festivals involve LOTS of walking. It’s gotten to the point where Fashion at the Races has already had to create a guide for wearing heels to the festivals.


It might not seem like a horse racing festival would be the best place to watch out for great style, but it certainly creates a unique environment that many women eagerly await! It offers the perfect chance to bring out their quirkier, more fashionable side, and a day at the races is a great place to see personal style flourish!

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