When it comes to race day fashion, we often remember what people wore for the wrong reasons. There’s nothing wrong with turning heads, but to ensure you stand out for the right reasons there are a few top tips to follow.


Keep it classy.

For a day at the races it’s always good etiquette to keep hemlines long. Look for dresses and skirts that sit just above the knee or longer. For spring/summer 2012, the maxi dress is still the on-trend length of the season. Look for elegant prints, such as floral or monochrome. Another dress length that’s still in fashion this season is the midi. Perhaps a more practical length for a day at the races, opt for midi dresses in delicate, feminine chiffon.

But whatever dress length you choose, make sure to steer clear of strapless or backless styles as these will leave too much on show. It’s best to stick to demure, elegant styles whatever the weather.

Wear practical footwear.

Practical is not code for ugly, but skyscraper heels should be left at home. Opt for flats or more comfortable heels to avoid any fashion mishaps. This season’s hottest shoes styles are wedges or simple flat sandals with two straps – both styles that will go with anything! If you’re petite team a pair of sturdy wedges with a maxi dress to add height and give the illusion of longer legs.

Subtle colours work best.

To avoid looking like a bird of paradise opt for subtle, understated hues. Hot on-trend colours for spring/summer include pastel tones and colours inspired by the sea. So to look on-trend and stylish this summer opt for shades of blue, from ice blue to navy, and even muted coral tones. If you’re desperate to add a flash of vibrant colour to your outfit try statement shoes, or let your headwear be the focal point of your outfit with a stylish hat or fascinator.

Discover a wide range of stylish and elegant clothing, perfect for the races, at Jacques Vert.

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Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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