The complete guide to winter dressing for the races.
For those of us who dwell largely in warmer climates for the predominant portion of the year (most of us down under), ‘occasion’ winter dressing may not come as naturally as it does in the warmer months. Alas, this helpful guide should provide plenty of ideas and pointers on how to nail your perfect winter race day look.
Key things to keep in mind
- Steer clear of straw hats or headpieces. Go for felt or wool hats, or try a turban.
- Accessorise with warm additions such as leather gloves, a coat and a scarf.
- Choose high neck, long sleeve dresses or go for a full-length jumpsuit for more warmth.
- Avoid open strappy shoes. Choose boots or closed toe heels instead.
Choose a warm, long sleeve dress
Wear a more substantial frock that will hold up in cool conditions and protect you from the chilly winter air. Something with a high neck and long sleeves is a wise choice for keeping your upper body warm, whereas hem length is a little more negotiable. As long as your dress falls to your knee you can always add warmth through other additions such as a coat and scarf.
In terms of fabrics, something lined or heavily woven is great, or anything with wool in it. You can always use layering to create warmth however if this isn’t an option.
Put that street style fedora to good use
A felt fedora is a good choice for a winter hat for the races as it both satisfies racing fashion traditions and keeps your head warm – much warmer than the average metal headband will.
You may even already own one (considering how in vogue they are for everyday street style) which will save you having to go out and buy something!
Wear pants instead of a dress
Wearing pants or a full length jumpsuit to the races in winter is a great way to look super sophisticated and keep warm at the same time. Both skinny and wide leg styles look great when style with a jacket and closed-toe heels.
When it comes to coats and jackets, a trench is a fool proof option that will always look a million dollars (and you’re bound to already have one in your wardrobe).
Other coat options
There are too many pretty coats out there to only mention the trench. Faux-fur is another great option for the races (and very on-trend).
The draped from the shoulder style is another classy look.
The list is really endless on coats. If you’ve got a beautiful coat, make it the centrepiece and build the rest of your look around it.
Use your coat as a dress
Leading on from the point above, this is another great option you can try. If it’s really cold, use your coat as the statement piece of your outfit. Kate Middleton (below left) is an all round great muse for classy dressing for the races and she often blurs the line between dresses and coats.
Boots or pumps?
The winter racing dress code is all about closed toe heels or boots, and let’s face it, who wants to be standing around outdoors in winter with their toes freezing anyway?
Look to the sophisticated damsels of yesteryear for perfection in winter race wear inspo
When it comes to dressing for the races in winter, looking back to our sisters from bygone eras is a great source of inspiration for class and sophistication. Pinterest is littered with great imagery such as the examples below.
Accessorise with leather gloves and try out different styles of hats you wouldn’t necessarily be able to wear in other seasons. Gloves are a particularly fun accessory to play around with (and will serve you greatly if holding an icy beverage in your hand).
And… more ideas for hats!
Last but not least, turban headbands definitely need a mention as a great winter millinery option. They look simply divine and provide plenty of insulation for your head (you know what they say, the body loses most of its heat through the head). Another bonus? No need to do your hair!
All images Pinterest.