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Giddy Up With Race Day Fashion Inspiration and Etiquette Rules

21 Dec 2020
Race Day Fashion Inspiration

A day at the races is the perfect opportunity to dress up. However, it's important to remember the rules of etiquette when it comes to race day fashion that most race courses strictly adhere to.

According to TRAC, race wear needs to be "fashionable but feminine and elegant and most importantly it is daywear, not evening wear."

Race Day Fashion Inspiration

Read on to see our top three picks for race day hats and race day dresses.


Race days you should always wear a headpiece of some kind, whether it’s a hat or a fascinator. Consider your outfit’s tones, textures and colours when choosing the perfect headpiece.

Stallion Fascinator

Magnolia Fascinator

Strawboat Hat Fascinator



Choose well-cut dresses, skirts and pants appropriate to daytime. Leave the midriffs, sequins and shorts for evenings or lunch with friends.

The Lost Lolly Dress - Sky Blue

Austin Adora Dress - Mint

Petal Passion Blue Dress

Race Day Fashion Etiquette Guide

To help get you "off to the races" this season, we’ve put together a handy guide to keep you on the right track.

Bra straps and VPLs are a big no-no, so make sure you have the necessities on hand, like nude underwear, and styling accessories including styling tape and bra converters.

Accessories are a great way to bring your personality into your outfit. Your goal is to complement your outfit and achieve that polished look; plus, you should feel comfortable wearing it.

Race day can involve walking and standing for long periods — often in the grass — so chose a thicker heel or a classy summer wedge that will prevent you from sinking into the grass. And carry a pair of fold-out ballet flats in your bag if you’re wearing heels that could potentially cause issues. The last thing you want is sore feet to shorten the long day.

Natural makeup will enhance your best features, don’t be too heavy-handed with the makeup, it can get hot in the sun and no one wants to appear as if they’re melting. Remember, waterproof mascara and long last lipsticks are your best friends.

Final note: Each meet will have a different dress code, so make sure you do your homework first!

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