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The Best Ladies Day Dresses for 2024

With spring and summer just around the corner, Race Day season is officially on its way. Demand attention from the champagne bar to the paddock with our collection of standout Ladies Day dresses, curated to follow the fashion rules whether attending Cheltenham, Ascot, or Epsom.

Regardless of your style, discover the best dresses to wear to Ladies Day this summer, featuring bold florals, unique prints, and flattering silhouettes which exude decadence and confidence, guaranteeing you a spot on the best dressed list.

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Floral Ladies Day Dresses

Always in style, floral dresses are a failsafe way to bring summer glamour to any Ladies Day look. Our top picks include three dimensional appliques and vibrant colours, as well as flowing, luxurious silhouettes ideal for a long day of sipping champagne and collecting your winnings.

Floral prints should always be the focal point of any outfit, so pair with subtle accessories and delicate jewellery. Ladies Day always offers up the opportunity to get creative with colour, so complement hues in the dress with matching shoes or a fascinator to create an appropriately opulent outfit.

Printed Ladies Day Dresses

Get dressed up while staying loyal to your own style by adding a pop of colour to your occasionwear wardrobe, with a printed Ladies Day dress. From ombres, to animal prints, to beaded accents, a patterned outfit is made for summer days at the racecourse.

Make the pattern the main focal point to your look by styling your race day dress with delicate, strappy heels. Pair with a clutch bag and a traditional hat or hair accessory in complementary tones to elevate the look even further. Effortless style that is guaranteed to bring confidence with every wear.

Minimal Ladies Day Dresses

Ladies Day is part horse racing, part fashion show, so ensure to reach for a dress which not only brings confidence, but timeless, classic elegance. Wear it to the races, then to wedding guest days and formal occasions - timeless, alluring looks for years to come.

A more muted style allows for drama in the details, and nothing says race day styling tradition like a fascinator. Elevate your look with contemporary but playful options like floral headpieces or tulle creations. These statement finishing touches will ensure you win big in the accessory stakes.

Mini Ladies Day Dresses

If sunshine is forecast, opt for a mini Ladies Day dress which boasts premium fabrications and tailoring. Styles include vibrant prints and shining metallic detailing, creating a playful yet polished look. Versatile for multiple occasions, and ideal for a long day at the racecourse, then for grabbing dinner and drinks in the evening.

If opting for a short dress, elevate the formality level by styling with pointed toe heels in a matching tone, and a statement fascinator which not only provides some shade, but invites lots of compliments.

It should be noted, those attending more formal races such as Royal Ascot must adhere to stricter dress codes where shorter lengths aren’t acceptable.

Two Piece Ladies Day Outfits

Stray from tradition with a blazer and trousers set. Whether you prefer a statement wide leg fit or a more form-fitting approach, matching sets are as comfortable as they are elegant. For those with a less feminine style, a pair of well tailored trousers can be equally as elevated as a maxi dress.

Alternatively, a top and skirt set puts a twist on the traditional. Easy to wear whilst unique and unexpected, reach for a skirt set that flaunts your personal style. Please note that you should keep your midriff covered if heading to a more formal race occasion.

Pointed toe shoes bring elevated confidence and unmistakable style. Opt for a bold colour for a pop of personality and playfulness when your heels peek out from under your trousers or skirt. Reach for a fascinator that matches your shoes to bring the whole outfit together.

Jumpsuits for Ladies Day

An unexpected, elevated take on Ladies Day, a jumpsuit offers a refined, yet ultra comfortable look, filling you with confidence all day long. Feel at ease without worrying about a skirt getting in the way of the long walk to collect your winnings. Jumpsuits will often boast unique prints and bright colours, encouraging you to have fun with your race day outfit.

Wear it with block heels for comfortable shoes that elongate the leg and elevate your look, increasing the formality and allowing you to curate a unique outfit that flaunts your personality and leaves you feeling like the centre of attention. Ideal for re-styling for upcoming wedding guest days, cruises, and parties.

Fascinators for Ladies Day

From highly structured tulle creations, to playful pieces made with soft chiffon and floating feathers, get creative with your accessorization and complete your outfit with an envy-inducing fascinator.

When it comes to fascinator colours, there are two paths you can take. Either opt for a tone which compliments your dress, such as hues of the same colour to create a sleek, uniform look, or make a statement with a contrasting tone. There is no wrong choice for your headwear, just make sure you can fit it over your updo.

Please ensure to check with your venue about their dress code, especially when it comes to headdress. For example, at Royal Ascot, hats are compulsory, but you are also welcome to wear a headpiece or “hatinator” with a minimum base diameter of ten centimetres or four inches.

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