Racewear Dos and Dont’s – How to Survive Trackside


Spring is here and everyone is getting excited about one thing: the racing season.

It’s time to frock up in all your finery and head to the track. But before you do, make sure you brush up on these racewear dos and don’ts to ensure you’re race-day ready!

Racewear Dos and Dont's

Racewear Dos and Dont’s


  • Do follow the dress codes – while I love making a statement as much as anyone else, the races have a certain kind of class. Dress for the day you’re attending, and don some headwear.

Derby Day

The dress code is strictly monochrome, so please don’t be the lady who rocks up in red. Luckily, monochrome is always on trend so there should be plenty of frocks to choose from. Stick to a black and white palette and you’ll get top marks in trackside style.

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup is all about colour! Feel free to be as fashion-forward and extravagant as you like, and try to pick a dress to remember. Time to go bold ladies!

Oaks Day

Also known as Ladies Day, Oaks Day is when all the ‘girly girls’ come out to play. Get in touch with your ultra-feminine side and opt for florals, lace, frills and pastel colours.

Stakes Day

This is a more relaxed affair, but it’s still the races, so don’t dream of going too casual. Choose a pretty, summery dress and leave your hair flowing. Pop on a hat or fascinator and you’ll be ready to go.


Racewear Dos and Dont’s

  • Do drink plenty of water – for obvious reasons. It’s a very long day, there will be lots of champagne and it’s hot. You don’t want to peak too early and ruin your day or end up in the bathroom all afternoon. Pace yourself and stay hydrated.
  • DO pack emergency essentials in your clutch so you’re not caught out: lipstick, foundation or powder, tissues, sunscreen, lip balm, Party Feet, sunglasses, credit card, etc. I always pack baby wipes – good for any minor accidents or spillage, face mist and a pair of Flipster foldable flats just in case.
  • Do wear headwear – Wear whatever you feel comfortable in, a hat (it’ Spring so go for straw or fabric rather than felt), fascinator, an on-trend crown or even a fresh floral headpiece (I wore this last year). The choice is yours just make sure you wear something! Millinery is a must. To be honest I struggle with this rule and sometimes go without – see pics. There’s always one right?

  • Do beauty prep: get a good blow-dry and style your hair accordingly, get a fresh manicure/pedicure and wear your shoes in before the day. This will ensure you are confident and comfortable.
  • Do dress for the weather: Make sure you check the forecast the day before and carry a lightweight jkt and umbrella if you need it. Shivering and wet hair is never a good look!
  • Do implement the current trends – florals, lace, ruffles, graphic prints and pastels are set to be huge for Spring 2016. Off- the -shoulder dresses are on-trend too just remember to drop your hemline.
  • Do dress for your body shape – Wear what suits you, it’s not the time for experimentation and remember you want to be comfortable on the day. If a pencil skirt isn’t your style stick to a-line.
  • Do choose your accessories carefully – make sure they compliment your outfit not overwhelm.

Racewear Dos and Dont's

Racewear Dos and Dont’s


  • Don’t wear brand new shoes on Race Day – comfort is key! You will be on your feet all day so opt for a tried and tested pair. Trust me there’s nothing worse than seeing someone walking barefoot at the races shoes in hand. NOTHING. Block heels are your saviour especially on the grass lawn and also they are so comfy.
  • Don’t show too much skin – You’re going to the races not the Ivy. Race Day is all about classic elegance not crop tops and minis. Dress conservatively and embrace longer hemlines.
  • Don’t forget to charge your phone prior – you need to be operating at 100%! Instagram, Instagram stories and Snapchat eat your battery and trust me you will want to be on those apps all day. If you didn’t snap it, it didn’t happen!
  • Don’t dress too casually – no denim or shorts (that’s a no-brainer right?), it’s the Races not Glastonbury so keep your Hunter wellies and biker jkts at home.
  • Don’t forget to eat something – Copious amounts of alcohol and an empty stomach don’t mix. In the excitement of the day you might forget to eat which means the alcohol will hit your bloodstream quicker. You don’t want to be THAT GIRL on the news highlights! Have a big breakfast and snack throughout the day.
  • Don’t wear too much make-up – tone it down! Remember it’s stark light during the day and there’s nowhere to hide. Opt for a natural, fresh look.
  • Don’t chew gum – yuck.
  • Don’t gamble all your life savings – how are you supposed to buy that Chanel?

But most importantly

Don’t forget to have fun!

What are your Racewear Dos and Dont’s?


Heading to the races? Make sure you check out the new racing website races.com.au! Launched this week in association with the Australian Turf Club (ATC), it is the online destination for horse racing’s who, what and wear.

races.com.au features all the lifestyle elements that make up a great day at the races including everything that happens on and off the track from fashion, beauty, food and major events.

Visit the website for more info http://www.theraces.com.au or follow on Instagram (@TheRacesAU) for stylish updates.

Images by Carolin Margi Photography and George Gittany Photography

{Style notes: I’m wearing David Lawrence Alke top and skirt and Steve Madden pumps (old)}

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