Southern Belles, listen up. Time is fast approaching for a certain annual horse race and if the phrase ‘go big or go home’ is ever relevant, it’s now. Stand out from a sea of racegoers in horse racing outfits made to catch the attention of everyone but the jockey. Think oversized tailoring, statement sequins, and of course, a headpiece or two. Saddle up, let’s get into it.
Patterned Formal Dresses
We Nasty Gals opt for dresses for horse races that scream personality. When you’re competing with a crowd of well-dressed racegoers, play the prints card. Our favorites? Oversized polka dots that channel Carrie Bradshaw, eclectic zebra print, and ’60s inspired abstract graphics. Dial down the look ever so slightly with a one-color comfortable block heel (a wise choice for a long day on your feet) and a matching purse.
Floral Formal Dresses
If your chosen headpiece is floral-based, complement the look with a coordinating dress print. Floral dresses and horse race attire are a match made in occasionwear heaven, all the while being seasonally spring-appropriate. Blossom in flattering ditsy florals that are subtle and delicate. Or, make a statement with larger florals that are great for highlighting areas of the body you’d like to accentuate.
Formal Midi Dresses
Our vote for the ultimate dress length goes to the midi. Hitting anywhere between below the knee and the calf, a midi dress is long enough to provide a modest and formal feel, while avoiding a restrictive feel. As a rule for horse race outfits for ladies, we tend to avoid maxi styles which can get in the way of networking at the grandstand or clubhouse. No one wants to be tripping over their dress after they win big, either.
Bold Suits & Suit Separates
What to wear to the races when you don’t want a dress? Well, racewear times are changing and it’s never been more appropriate for women to ditch the dress for pants. A horse race is an optimum time to style that statement suit you’ve been eying. Opt for an oversized tailored blazer with ’70s inspired shoulder pads, layered over a high neck bodysuit and paired with the matching pants. Or, if the sun is out to play, style a classic tailored waistcoat with the matching wide-leg pants for a powerful ‘we mean business’ look.
Pastel Formal Dresses
Another horse track outfit option is to go for a pretty pastel number. Soft baby pinks, creamy lemons, and seasonal spring limes are all bright enough to grab attention, but in a gentle, classy way. Brighten up the room with spring colors that feel fresh and fun. Cost per wear is also great, as these styles double up for all those summer weddings you’ll be attending later down the year.
Our advice? When it comes to headwear, switch up the traditional with interesting alternatives like statement clips, oversized bows, or a slinky satin headscarf. Check out some of our favorites below.