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What to Wear to The Races

It’s already that time of the year where we dig through the hat cupboard to find our much-loved fascinators and frantically search for race-day appropriate attire that doesn’t make us look like a cupcake.


That’s right it's almost time for the Spring Racing Carnival to begin in Australia, and with all its glorious festivities comes the annual task of finding the perfect race-day frock.


Whether you're off to the local races, a Melbourne Cup luncheon, or an office work party we have some inspiration for you.  

What should you not wear to the races?

Whilst the races are a time to dress however your fashion heart desires, there are a few races day no no’s to avoid.


Firstly, stay clear of overly casual items. You can do cool and comfortable any day of the week, the races are your chance to get dressed up to the nines and go full glam.


Secondly, choose your shoes wisely and go for comfort! Now we aren’t saying go for a sneaker, but it’s also not the time for skyscraper heels that will leave you with endless blisters and a trip to the chiropractor. Instead, opt for mid-height with a chunky heel or, when in doubt, go for a classic wedge. Remember, you’ll likely be on your feet all day so go for something comfortable yet stylish - you’ll thank us later.

BB's top picks for comfy race-day heels

What do ladies wear to races?

Well ladies, the great news is that you can wear absolutely anything to race day as long as it's fabulous and glamorous. Whether you want to flourish in floral, make a striking statement with some colour blocking or sparkle in some sequins, the world is your oyster.

Remember, the races are aptly renowned for brightness and colour so don’t hold back!

What should I wear to the Australian races?

It is boasted as the Spring racing carnival, so we highly suggest you leverage its namesake when curating the perfect outfit. Embrace colourful patterns, floaty silhouettes and lightweight fabrics to keep you looking fresh and chic on race day.

In Australia, millinery such as fascinators and hats are still considered customary, so be sure to keep this in mind when planning your outfit.  

BB's favourite hats for race-day and beyond

Can ladies wear pants to the races?

Absolutely! The past few years have seen the rise of women wearing pants to race day and here at BB we are in full support of this chic alternative to a dress.

If you’re wanting to dip your toes in the world of pants during the races but afraid of looking like you’re strutting to the office, we suggest going for fabrics with a shine or sparkle - this will give you a more elevated look and will ensure you feel race-day-ready.

What would you wear to the races?

Now I’m sure we all have a dedicated race-day Pinterest board buried deep in our collections, but if you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed then take a deep breath and let us offer some inspiration.

Floral prints: A fool-proof way to achieve a race-day ready look is opting for a silky floral silhouette. Not only will it echo the colourful uniforms of the jockeys but it’s a sure-fire way to embody the luxe ethos of the races.

Block colour: If you’re wanting to make more of an eye-catching statement then we suggest opting for a dress in a striking hue. To further elevate this look, search for a dress with feature elements such as a dramatic frill sleeve and neckline or a belted waist that gives a modern structured silhouette.

Matching set: If dresses aren’t ticking all your boxes, then consider going for a pants and blouse ensemble. In addition to being a stylish alternative to a dress, they are also great investment pieces to elevate your everyday wardrobe.

STYLE TIP FOR WINTER RACES: Event dressing during the colder seasons can often be challenging - after all, balancing looking chic and avoiding hypothermia is no easy feat. To make sure you stay toasty but oh-so-glamorous, we suggest pairing your silky and sparkly numbers with a pair of heeled boots and a tailored coat.

How should I dress for race day?

Dressing for the races is a challenging event, and with endless traditions and dress codes it can often end with regretfully purchasing an ostentatious dress that will inevitably collect dust in your wardrobe for years to come.

To keep your race-day outfit from facing such a grim future, we suggest selecting a versatile silhouette that can take you from the races to a spring wedding and everywhere in between.

No matter where in the world you are, race-days are synonymous with temperamental weather with conditions ranging from sparkling blue skies to chilly winter temperatures so always dress for the unexpected.

Statement accessories for the perfect finishing touch to any race-day outfit

For more inspiration be sure to browse our Race Day Collection and Event Edit where you’ll find a curation of event-ready garments and accessories that will have you looking race-day ready in no time at all.

Be sure to let us know what you’re wearing this race day in the comments below.

BB xx


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