Ladies’ Day Guide: What to wear to the Races

Ladies’ Day is all about glamour and showing off your personality through your fashion choices. Whether you’re looking for a classy, floral maxi dress with a delicate fascinator or you want to make heads turn with a vibrant, form-fitting midi dress, the Race Day outfit combinations are endless. With pretty patterns, bright colours and flattering fits, we’ve got an array of gorgeous dresses suited to you, no matter your style! 

Read on as we delve into the dos and don’ts of dressing for Ladies’ Day and share with you some of our favourite outfits to inspire. Whatever you wear, you’ll be ready to stand course-side in confidence.

What is the best colour to wear to the races?

With so many potential colour combinations to choose from, deciding on the best colour to wear to the races can be overwhelming, however, you can’t go wrong with the most popular colours of pastels and dark colours. Traditional and classic, these colour palettes will guarantee you always look sophisticated. 

Blue is always one of the most popular racewear colours as it comes in so many gorgeous tones, from powder blue to royal navy hues. Classic pinks, yellows and greens are also popular, however, it’s important to choose up-market, chic tones and patterns that aren’t too bold.

What do you wear on a race day?

Whether it’s Cheltenham, Aintree or Ascot, Ladies’ Day is the perfect opportunity to make an impression with your outfit. Race Day dress codes can range from formal morning dress to smart-casual attire but the best way to ensure you’re dressed to the nines is to check the event’s dress code etiquette ahead of time. This will give you ample time to plan out your outfits and make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the occasion. 

The Royal Ascot dress code does not permit strapless dresses or tops, including Bardot dresses, off-the-shoulder or sheer-straps, and midriffs should be covered by whatever style you choose. Cheltenham and Aintree, on the other hand, aren’t as strict and encourage all ladies to dress as bold or refined, bright or dark, modest or risque as you want, as long as you feel your best.

What to wear at the races in 2024 

This year, Ladies’ Day attire is all about spring florals. From romantic roses to beaming botanicals, finding the perfect floral dress for the races this year will ensure you’re effortlessly on-trend as you strut into the race course. Whether you opt for an elegant maxi-length wrap dress or a form-fitting midi that accentuates your figure, no matter what style you choose, it’s important to pick a dress that you feel comfortable and confident in.


Dress to impress at the races, with the Edge of the Shoulder Midi Dress in a stunning sea green Marina Roses print. Featuring a flared 50s style skirt and an elegant wide neckline, this dress exudes sophistication and fits the Ladies’ Day dress code perfectly. Crafted from a beautiful stretch cotton fabric adorned with sea green watercolour roses, it cinches at the waist and delicately drapes the body to give you a fabulous hourglass silhouette.

If you’re searching for a Race Day dress that screams class then the Helen Maxi Shirt Dress in this navy blue colour is the one for you. Inspired by Hollywood icon, Dame Helen Mirren, this show-stopping dress is crafted from luxurious cotton fabric that cinches in at the waist with a long sash belt to accentuate your figure. Offering a modern take on classic occasionwear, the voluminous full skirt and shirt-style bodice come together to create a truly elegant and timeless look, perfect for Race Day and beyond. Accessorise with gorgeous jewels, a small clutch bag and a delicate fascinator to elevate the look - you’ll be best dressed by a mile!


Let your confidence shine in the Confident 3/4 Sleeve Dress in Azure Roses. This elegant below-the-knee length dress in our beautiful white and blue roses print will ensure you look and feel incredible on Ladies’ Day - that’s a Bombshell promise! The Confident Dress is one of our most popular choices for events like these as it cinches you in at the waist to give an elegant hourglass figure whilst keeping it classy with the just-below-the-knee length. With an adjustable wrap bodice and flattering sarong-style skirt with concealing drapes, this dress will ensure you strut into the races feeling like a winner. Pair with a classic heel and a delicate fascinator to bring the look together whilst ensuring all of the attention stays on the dress.

If you love the shape of the Confident Dress but want a little more allure, then the Ruffle Cuff Dress in this unique ‘shapeshifter’ snake-like pattern with ruffle sleeves is perfect. With the same shirred side panels that help to create a curvy silhouette, this dress is made for those wanting to try something a little more unconventional whilst still sticking to the formal dress code. Crafted from a beautiful silky satin viscose fabric, this vibrant dress would pair perfectly with a fabulous hat or fascinator for the races.

Dress to impress at the races with Bombshell

This Ladies’ Day it's your time to shine! No matter your personal style preferences, we’re guaranteed to have an outfit suited to you. Browse through our full collection of stunning Race Day dresses, hats and jewellery to find the perfect pieces to put together the ultimate, show-stopping Ladies’ Day look or book a showroom appointment and let us help you find your dress for the races.


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