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May 4, 2016

Race Day: What You Need To Know

Race day experience depends a lot on the dressing, no matter if you’re attending the glamorous Royal Ascot, Dante Festival,  Haydock Park, Epsom Derby, Qatar Goodwood Festival, or any other races this season.

Race Day Style

Race day style is similar to the wedding guest style. One of the most important common rules when it comes to the race-style – do not show too much of your body (we understand, it must be tempting to do so once the sun is out, but restrain).

NO: jeans, mini skirts and short dresses, shorts, spaghetti strap tops and plunging necklines (better save them to wow at the next party you go to).

YES: floral pencil dresses (see some from our collection below), A-line shapes, trouser suits, and, of course, hats! A visit to the races is a great excuse to wear your most fancy hat (or a fascinator, if you prefer).

Since race day is an outside event, we strongly advise to not leave the house without a proper cover-up, no matter how warm the day seems to be (do not forget: we are in Britain!). See our range of jackets and cover-ups to complete your look.

One more tip: you are likely to have to walk on grass at some point of the day, so be careful when deciding to wear those stilettos you love so much! Going for wedges or flats might be a wiser choice.

Those are some general race day style rules, but some races have their specific dress code that you have to follow. Let’s take a look at one of them:

Royal Ascot, Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th June 2016.

Royal Ascot is a major event in the British social calendar, and it is probably the most glamorous of all races. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family, with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day. Royal Ascot is all about the style. The most famous Royal Ascot special bet is nothing to do with the horse racing but rather the colour of the outfit that the queen is going to be wearing on each day of the meeting.

There are certain style rules ladies have to follow when dressing for Royal Ascot (however, these rules do not apply to those who have tickets to Windsor Enclosure, since there is no formal dress code there), here is a short summary of them:

1. The length of a dress or a skirt has to fall just above the knee (or longer).

2. The straps of a dress or a top have to be at least 1 inch.

3. No plunging necklines.

4. If you have the ticket to the Royal Enclosure, you have to wear a hat, fascinators are not permitted.

Men and children should be dressed according to certain rules as well. You can download the whole dress code here.

Here at Ariella, we have a range of appropriate race day ready dresses that will help you create a fresh and stylish look, you can Find yours now!

Good luck at the races!

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