How to Get the Perfect Summer Raceday Outfit

Ellerslie’s Boxing Day Races is nearly upon us, and we cannot be more excited! This could only mean pure fun: entertainment, fabulous outfits, socialising and the very best of thoroughbred racing.

Fashionwise, it’s a brilliant occasion to wear your finest dress. Think elegant pieces, floral prints and fancy accessories. Looking for inspiration is made easy with Pinterest, so get searching, save those images and hit the shops (or recycle with what you already have). If you’re not feeling confident about knowing what to wear, below are some outfit #inspo as a guide to one of the season’s most glamorous events.

Colour it up!

To make sure you don’t end up melting in long outdoor events, it’s important to choose an outfit with light and neutral colours. I suggest opting for pastel dresses that may help to keep cool in the heat. Go for mauve, blush, yellows and blues – these soft tones will become your best choice.



Floral prints, lace and co-ord pieces

Avoid anything too revealing, keep it traditional yet flattering. Floral prints are always a good idea for Summer race days, as well as lace and embroidered detailing. If you feel like coordinating your outfit, make sure to keep the colours similar. Try below the knee neoprene skirts or flared high-waist pants with a matching top. Hello, fashionista!


All white for the win

Unfortunately, you’ll have to save the black and white ensemble for Derby Day. This tradition goes back to 1910 Royal Ascot, so make sure to dress for the right event. However, for Boxing Day Races, I feel that you can never go wrong with an all white dress like below. It’s an easy selection which can be embellished with your accessories! Try this with white, gold or silver details to achieve a simple yet glamorous look.



Head(pieces) over heels

Fascinators are a race day staple but you also have the choice to opt for an embroidered headband or floral headpiece. If you’re not much of a headpiece fan, then you have to make sure that your hair do is on point. Hollywood-like sleek hair, low ponytail and soft waves are very achievable using the right tools and technique – cue YouTube tutorials. Remember to keep your hair looking and feeling relaxed by using a brushable hairspray.



Accessorise, accessorise and accessorise

Paying attention to detail is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Ladies, never underestimate the power of accessories! I did not say the word three times for no reason. It’s important to know that matching accessories are key to getting a statement look. For example, if you’re wearing gold jewellery, then you may find wearing gold heels to be a match made in racecourse heaven. Note that you shouldn’t overdo it, you don’t want to look like a walking Christmas tree. Think the essentials like jewellery (earrings and rings), comfortable shoes, clutch, headwear (fascinator, headband or hat), and don’t forget about your sunglasses. Off to the races you go!



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Written by Alberllie Samson

Alberllie is a Communications graduate who loves making lists and organisation. She's an avid foodie, beauty junkie and 70s hits fan. A self-proclaimed ambivert who loves livin' la vida loca. IG: @alberllie

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