What to Wear to Brighton Racecourse, What to Wear to Brighton

What to Wear To Brighton Racecourse

What to Wear to Brighton Racecourse.


Located just a mile north-east of the seaside town of Brighton and the coast, this racecourse is situated on Whitehawk Hill surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside.

The racecourse hosts Flat racing fixtures from April to October with the main event being the Festival of Racing held for three days in August. Ladies Day is on the second day of the Festival.

Brighton also has a Gentleman’s Day held in June.

Featured here is our extensive guide on What to Wear to Brighton – Enjoy!

What to Wear to Brighton Racecourse, What to Wear to Brighton

Official Dress Code

There is no official dress code although many visitors choose to dress for the occasion and a smart casual look is often adopted.

Jeans and tailored shorts are perfectly acceptable, but sports shirts, ripped jeans, casual shorts and flip-flops are not permitted.

Feature Days

For the glamorous occasions such as Ladies Day and Gentlemen’s Day, racegoers tend to make an effort to dress up (especially when there is a chance of winning some of the fantastic prizes for best outfit!).

What to Wear to Brighton Racecourse for Gentleman’s Day in June.

This is the perfect excuse to suit up and an ideal opportunity if you are planning a stag do, a birthday outing or just looking to get the guys together.

Gentlemen, We Say…

This is your chance to shine, don’t be staid with your sartorial look, instead be brave and add plenty of your own unique dapperness.

A sharp suit, collar and tie is the obvious sartorial choice for dapper gents at the races but most gents on this day tend to tone it down by mixing a smart jacket/blazer and collared shirt with a pair of jeans.

And if is is too hot to wear a jacket, add dapperness with a pair of  braces or a waistcoat.

The Blazer

The blazer can give an opportunity to introduce a more flamboyant flourish of colour.

Don’t dim the dapper light with a white shirt, keep it shining with a bold contrasting colour or a tonal shade. Wear with chinos or smart jeans. Dark blue or brown chinos always looks great with colourful blazers, but you can also wear chinos in a lighter shade to the blazer, the same colour as the shirt, or another contrasting colour – depending how bold you are.

The Pocket Square

But do not forget that one accessory which always adds a suave touch to a gentleman’s attire with no effort at all – the pocket square!

The Shirt

When the atmosphere and weather are heating up, your shirt will be the most on display so here’s your chance to show off your fashion flair with something different to the white or pale blue shirt. Go wild with pattern and bold with colour.

Maybe wild patterns and bold colours are not your sartorial taste: you can still stand out from the crowd of white and pale blue shirts with more subtle patterns and softer colours.

Tailored Shorts

If the weather is scorching, wear tailored shorts. Team with a collared shirt (not a t-shirt) because you still want to win that prize! Don’t wear trainers – but either smart loafers or desert boots.


Slip into comfort and style with a pair of smart soft loafers. These are ideal for the summer and easy to wear with or without socks. Plus the suede loafers come in various colours.


August is the month to wear sunglasses and is a popular accessory in all of the enclosures.

Click here How to Spice up Your Suit – Part 2 – Eclipse Magazine to see our article on what style of sunglasses to wear for your face shape.

The Hat

Sport a trilby or fedora with your suit to add a dash of personality and maybe increase your chances of winning that coveted Style Award.

Plus, on the practical side, it will keep the sun off your face.

What to Wear to Brighton Racecourse for Ladies Day in August.

This is on Day 2 of the Festival of Racing and is the highlight of the season. It is your chance to experience the style and the excitement of horseracing and stunning ladies fashion combined, to create a fun filled day out you’ll love.

Ladies, We Say…

It is the perfect reason to get glammed up and show off your fabulous summer style!

The Hat

Although headwear is not compulsory, it will increase your chances of winning The Style Awards if you do and will complete your beautiful outfit!

The Sandal

August is the season for sandals, and although Brighton is on the coast, we are not talking about beach sandals. Remember you are dressing up for the Style Awards.

Wedge sandals are popular and still give height to elongate your legs. If you do go for the stiletto, don’t forget to bring along the racegoer’s essential foldable flats for when you want to rest your feet.

The Pedicure

Ensure your feet are in tip top condition as they will be exposed in sandals. A pedicure can give them a freshly groomed look and complete your flawless outfit.

Choose a nail polish colour to match the mood of your outfit: soft pastel shades for romance; reds, purple and burgundy for the classic sexy style and bright colours for a bold look.

The Sunglasses

It is the height of summer so don’t forget to accessorise and complement your outfit with a pair of cool sunglasses. 

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It’s A Wrap

August in the south of England can be scorching so don’t forget to apply sun cream, A summer pashmina could help protect your shoulders and arms from the hot rays. Plus if it becomes cloudy and the weather cools down, it will also provide some warmth.

A thin pashmina will not take much room in a medium sized bag or if you decide to take a clutch bag then just drape over your arms to complement your outfit.

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