Dressing for the Races


Ascot: When thinking of this sleepy village in Berkshire, thoughts automatically gravitate to the famous Ascot Racecourse. A venue renowned for its 250 year strong Royal Ascot, it’s now a focal point for the British social calendar year on year. Tradition, ceremony and of course, fashion, are all intertwined in this regal racecourse. For the fashion savvy among us, the process of choosing dresses for the Races can be a sport in itself and in many cases the event lends itself to being more about dresses than horses.

Dressing for the Races is no mean feat and requires careful consideration, so don’t purchase on a whim. Online fashion retailer Kaleidoscope are a dab hand at selecting the perfect dresses to wear for the Races, have brought to you their ‘fashion do’s and don’ts at the Races’.

DO Dress up

Dresses for the races should be suitable for a formal occasion, which means that your dress should fall below the knee, or just above. Many styles seen on celebrities spotted enjoying the Races this year dictate that pretty florals and striking slim-fit dresses are all the rage, so it’s worth investing in a formal dress in this style.

Alternatively, if you can’t find the perfect dress, then a smart, stylish trouser suit is a perfectly acceptable choice – this season has seen the resurgence of smart, stylish blazer jackets so you won’t have much trouble finding one to suit you.

DO keep warm

Now, you probably don’t need a reminder about how precarious English weather can be, so when you’re going to be outside for a large proportion of the day, it makes sense to take a cover-up. A bolero is the perfect outfit accompaniment for summer style at the races. They’re smart, attractive and can offset an outfit to really make you stand out from the crowd.

DO accessorise

Synonymous with both Ascot and horse racing are, of course, hats. Although not compulsory, hats are encouraged on the course. If you don’t want to cover your head entirely and still want to look the part, then your new best friend has to be the fascinator. It will jazz up your outfit entirely. Why not match the colours in your fascinator to that of your shoes? Ladies sandals and kitten heels are Ascot friendly footwear and will make your feet look gorgeous.


Ascot is notorious for its formal dress code, so definitely don’t turn up wearing shorts, or a casual tee. On a similar vein, don’t show your midriff or buy a dress that is short in length. It’s also worth noting that strapless dresses and tops aren’t permitted.

You’re bound to look wonderful, especially if you follow these easy hints and tips which will ensure you have a show-stopping time, even if you lose your bet!