With the onset of summer comes the realisation that the most anticipated event on Yorkshire’s social calendar is just around the corner. The St Leger Festival attracts race fans in their thousands and it’s never too early to start planning an outfit that will guarantee you are the finest filly on show. Here are our top tips for race day dressing.

Stick to the golden rule; legs or chest but never both

Shorter hems can look amazing when the sun makes an appearance, whilst a little décolletage will ensure that your midi-length dress doesn’t veer towards matronly. The key to putting together races appropriate look is to opt for legs or chest, but never both. Highlight your curves in a longer dress with a lower neckline, or show off great pins with a shorter style that incorporates a higher neckline or sleeves. It’s the fashion rule that never fails, leaving you free to focus on choosing the winner rather than awkwardly tugging at your hem all afternoon.

Trade skirts for suits

Dressing for the races needn’t mean bearing your legs. A summer suit can look just as stylish as a dress, whilst a beautifully tailored jumpsuit will channel some seriously sexy 70s vibes.

Accessorize with an accent colour

The key to a perfectly put-together look is picking an accent colour and carrying it through your outfit via your accessories. Highlight a hue in the print of your dress or work with a classic colour combination such as navy and fuchsia, matching your accessories accordingly.

Headwear is obligatory

Okay, so strictly speaking it isn’t entirely obligatory to don a hat for the St Leger Festival, but how often do you get a chance to go all out with your accessories? The races were made for hats, headpieces and fascinators, so take the opportunity to go for gold with marvellous millinery.

Think long and hard about your heels

A day at the races almost inevitably leads to an evening at the bar, something that you’ll need to bear in mind when it comes to considering your footwear. If your races look isn’t complete without heels, think about opting for a wedge in a suitably summery shade in order to avoid the sunken heel issue; negotiating the grass in skinny stilettos is no mean feat.

When it comes to bags, bigger is often better

A beautiful box clutch is the perfect finishing touch for many an outfit, but a day at the races calls for a few extra inches if you’re to make it to the finish line in style. Choose a larger clutch bag and you’ll have room for everything from your races programme, to that all-important lippy for touch-ups throughout the day. Opt for a style that incorporates a detachable shoulder strap and you’ll find your hands are free to hold those champagne flutes too.


Plan ahead

Just as there’s no better feeling than counting down the days until you can finally wear an outfit you have loved from the moment you saw it, there’s nothing worse than leaving your outfit shopping until the very last minute and finding that your options are limited. The St Leger Festival is one of the year’s most exciting events and it’s never too early to start planning an outfit that’ll make you feel a million dollars. 

Have you started planning you race day outfit for the St Leger Festival yet? Visit Robinsons of Bawtry today and let us find your perfect look.