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Dressing for the Races: The Dos & Don’ts!

Dressing for the Races: The Dos & Don’ts!

Every year I get excited and follow the news and updates about the very popular horse racing events like the Grand National or Royal Ascot. I have never been, and am dying to go. By the way, did you know that The Grand National, which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, started all the way back in 1839? Try your luck at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/y/9/Horse+Racing.htm and let me know how it went!

Thanks to all the coverage in the newspapers and online magazine, I have seen some very tragic outfits and failures and would like to share a few tips on the Dos & Don’ts when dressing up for the race day.


Picking a dress is probably the most important and the most difficult part. Go for an eye catching colour to stand out, and don’t be afraid of bright colours. A race day is a perfect opportunity to show off, but also remember to make sure your accessories like your hat, handbag and shoes match and do not clash.

Also, one thing all ladies should keep in mind is the appropriate length of the dress, and the amount of cleavage you should let others to see. At the end of the day, it’s not like going to a night club!


As any lady, I also looove shoes and very high heels. These days as a mum of two I often go for the more comfy option, but when you go to an event like the Grand National, there is no way you could be wearing trainers or flip flops!

Wear shoes that have high heels, but also be aware that you need to spend a few hours wearing & actually walking in these! Don’t wear ridiculously high shoes as you might finish up taking these off and that does not look very ladylike, does it?

Photo @ Barcroft


One thing I love about the British culture is how smart people dress for occasions like race days, weddings and similar. As a born Czech I am not used to wearing hats, but I have quickly adapted and love doing so.

Find a great hat that will compliment your whole outfit. Maybe your dress is not too extravagant, so why not to pick a hat that will make a few heads turn?


Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Attending a horse race naturally also means lots of celebrating with your friends or partner. Unless you are a teetotaller, you will probably have a few glasses of champagne or wine.

Always make sure you are not one of the women stumbling along and falling over after too many drinks. It’s not a nice sight, and who wants to appear in a national newspaper on the front page as a total drunk?

Drink plenty of water, soft drinks and eat something. This is not the time to skip food for too many drinks. Also drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and feel great, and actually remember the great day outside.

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