Racing Season is upon us, and while it’s always a fantastic day out with friends and family – it can often be an arduous task finding the perfect Race Day Outfit.
Not to mention the shoes, bags, hair and make-up that all go into pulling your look together perfectly.
So, we’ve put together a list of Race Day ladies fashions that will have you looking and feeling like a filly on the field. Plus all of our favourite tips and tricks to ensure you’re left to enjoy the betting and bubbly in style and comfort.
The key to finding the right dress come Race Day is to ensure you’re dressing for your shape and style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include some of this season’s best trends and statement pieces.
Florals are a great trend for Spring/Summer and are re-visited every season. Whether it’s a fit and flare style like this Capture Tea Dress, a shift shape like the Emerge Floral Shift Dress or a more structured piece like this Capture Floral Dress, there is a style to suit every woman. *Tip: when wearing floral keep your accessories and make up minimal; the dress is busy so you don’t have to be.
A classic monochrome look is flawless on the race course, and often takes the hard work out of planning an outfit. You can play around with your make-up and accessories a little more and often just mix and match with pieces you already have in your wardrobe.
However, if you are looking for an excuse to buy yourself something new we are in love with this Layered Pleat Dress from Grace Hill. If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to try this season’s must-have trend then the Grace Hill Culottes’ are perfect for you and looks oh-so-good with this Grace Hill Cross Top. *Tip: A bright red lip always looks chic when worn with a monochrome outfit. Make sure to take a compact mirror; you don’t want to be waiting in lines all day to re-apply your lippy.
A traditional and ladylike look, lace is stunning both on and off the field. It also works wonders when you want a dress that provides coverage but is still breathable and light on hot days when shade is hard to come by.
For a new take on formal dresses try the Grace Hill Lace Hem Skirt paired with the Grace Hill High Neck Top for a feminine and elegant finish. The best part about this outfit is that it can be revisited season after season and mixed and matched with your wardrobe staples to create various options for different warm weather events. Another lace number that we are in love with for this season is the Grace Hill Lace Shift Dress. The coral colour is perfect for those who like to stand out but this dress is also available in Black and Midnight for a more subdued look. *Tip: A nude heel helps to elongate the leg and sets off lace trends beautifully, go for a low heel as it’s a long day on your feet.
Our plus size range has a number of styles incorporating all of these trends that will look stunning come Race Day. Whether it’s bright colours like the Sara Shirt Dress in vibrant orange or the Grace Hill Woman Layered Dress. A floral number like this Sara Overlay Dress, available in two great prints or a lovely lace dress like this Sara piece, there is a trend to suit your style and shape. *Tip: Shapewear is every woman’s best friend, especially for more formal events. Make sure you have a breathable and comfortable pair and don’t be afraid to trial your outfit beforehand…we’ve all been caught out feeling a little, ah, restricted in our outfits from time to time and it’s a long day ahead.
Race Day footwear is always one of the hardest parts of pulling together the perfect look. Above all your footwear must be comfortable, it’s a long day on your feet and there’s nothing worse than burning arches and pinched toes.
With a solid, thick heel these Emerge Leather Ankle Strap Block Heels are perfect for the races. They are breathable, offer all over support and ensure you won’t be getting stuck in the grass.
Grace Hill’s Leather Point Slingback Stiletto is another great option for long days at formal events. An enclosed toe and added top strap provide support, while the elasticated back strap keeps these shoes from slipping around after hours of wear. Available in nude and black, they compliment any outfit.
For women who love footwear, the oh-so-chic Emerge Cut Out Strap Bootie are the shoes for you. Featuring an enclosed toe, zip fastening at back and added strap for support, these shoes are a must have for Racing season and beyond. Pair them with a pair of culottes for the ultimate on-trend look. *Tip: If heels aren’t really your thing take a pair of ballet flats in your handbag. Scholl’s (www.scholl.co.nz) have some great ‘foldable flats’ that are ideal for this situation, not to mention ‘party feet’ and ‘heel grips’…essentials for comfortable, durable footwear.
No look is complete without the perfect accessories and for Race Day that comes down to bags, and jewellery.
To ensure you’re Race Day ready you need a few vital things in your purse to get you through a long day in the sun. To carry these essentials around in style try the fringe trend with these great bags…
All of these handbags have adjustable straps so can be worn over the shoulder for a standard look or draped across the body, leaving your hands free for placing bets and drinking bubbly.
If, on the other hand, you’re a less is more kind of woman and prefer not to be carrying around a bag then perhaps a clutch is the right look for you. This Next Boxy Clutch Bag is great as it doubles as both, as does the Next Clutch Bag.
And make sure you fill it with these handy bits:
- Blotting pads
- Bobby pins
- Water – make sure you stay hydrated!
Tips and Tricks
1. Make sure to drink lots of water…it’s a long day so enjoy yourself but pace yourself.
2. Plan your transport to and from the field beforehand.
3. Make sure you have a light jacket or blazer; we all know how this weather can turn.
4. Don’t have a big night beforehand…instead stay in, co-ordinate your nails and have a good sleep.
5. Start with a good breakfast and eat throughout the day, even if it’s just canapés or little bits and pieces.
We’d love to hear about any tips or tricks you have in the comments and of course see your Race Day Outfits from the fields.