What to wear to the races
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What to wear to the races

Today’s outfit is what to wear to the races. I have styled an outfit that’s race ready from the Laura Ashley Occasion Collection.

You may have read my article already that I posted over on the Laura Ashley Blog. There is a lot more information about dress codes over there but today I’m sharing the inspiration and the photos from the shoot for those who didn’t see it already. Thank you so much for those of you that checked out the post and for all the lovely comments.

Here are some tips to check before you attend the races:

  • Check the dress code for the type of ticket you hold. For example, Royal Ascot specify aย dress code depending on which enclosure you have a ticket for. In the Royal enclosure, you’ll find it’s more formally dressed as opposed to other areasย where there is a much more relaxed dress code. It’sย a great idea to check on the website when you’re planning your outfits.
  • Always check the weather and consider the time of year it is. There is nothing worse than being too cold or inappropriately dressed for the weather.
  • My final tip is to always wear something that you feel confident and comfortable in, something that reflects you and to have fun! Wear shoes that you will be comfortable wearing all day long so for me that means not too high or shoes that will rub.

I love the pretty midi embroidered dress. For me it’s the perfect pale powder pink and gives off a lovely lady like impression. I think this dress would be lovely for a summer party or wedding too.

The clutch has a handy chain strap so great to use if you want to free up your hands. I also recommend if you are attending the races that you would need to find some headwear depending on where you hold you ticket. Laura Ashley have a great range of fascinatorsย to compliment this outfit.

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What to wear to the races

What do you think? I hope you enjoy the photos from what to wear to the races. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Outfit Details

Dress and Bag c/o Laura Ashley

Shoes – Zara

Lipstick – shade Stiletto


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  • stylishlyinlove

    So classy and stunning!

    – Sofia


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Sofia x

  • Charlotte

    This is such a lovely outfit for the races, argh so beautiful!
    Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Ahh thanks Charlotte xxx

  • http://www.theoceansdock.com The Ocean’s Dock

    Thanks for sharing! Your outfit is perfect for the races! xx


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much! Gemma x

  • http://www.theglossychic.com Wendee Isaacs
    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Wendee, have a great weekend. x

  • http://theemasphere.com Emma Spencer – The Emasphere

    Fabulous tips Gem!!!! You look so so so beautiful!!!! That dress is so intricate and pretty, I love it! Xx


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Emma, x

  • El’s Fashion Fix

    Your dress is gorgeous! I love the midi length and floral design. This outfit is so lovely and just prefect to wear to the races ๐Ÿ™‚

    El xxx


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thank you so much El! Have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • http://www.elabellaworld.com Ela BellaWorld

    Thanks for the tips, Gemma. As I said before, this is such an elegant and pretty dress. Also the colour is so lovely. x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Ela, have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.com/ Linda Libra Loca

    No invitation to the races yet, but I won’t give up hope.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Hahaha, no? Oh well you never know what will happen ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great day Anne x

  • http://www.lacoconoire.com Katie

    I am off to the races tomorrow (eeeee!) and am glad to say I have followed most these tips.

    Bloody love getting all dressed up so can’t wait!

    xx โ™ฅ La Coco Noire

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Oh how exciting! Have a wonderful time xx

  • Maria

    Classy look. You look so pretty.


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thank you Maria x

  • RedTagChicLA

    Love the intricate details of the dress!

    Come check out the 3rd installment of my latest collab with Los Angeles-based brand TOBI – I’m sure you’ll love it again!

    Happy Thursday!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Rebecca, have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

  • http://www.beautycandyloves.co.za/ Candice Petersen

    That dress looks so pretty!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Candice, have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • http://www.cateyesandskinnyjeans.com Erika Sorocco

    This is such an informative style guide – I am absolutely loving it! You outfit is TDF – the lace is lovely!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Erika x

  • http://eat-sleep-breathe-fashion.blogspot.co.uk Sadie

    This dress looks lovely on you and I love the bag ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Sadie x

  • http://reflectionofsanity.blogspot.com/ Shireen

    That has to be one of the prettiest dress that I’ve seen you in, Gemma. I know the races are some of the biggest events in the UK and they also wear some really big hats?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Shireen, Yes they do wear the big hats too depending on which race day you attend. Sometimes they wear just a fascinator or no headwear. Last time I went to Royal Ascot a couple of years ago I wore a big fuchsia pink hat with a bow on it! xxx

  • http://www.shehearts.net/ Laura Marie

    This is my favourite outfit I’ve seen you wear it looks so beautiful on you! So beautifully designed, very elegant indeed.

    Laura xo


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Hi Laura, thank you so much love! Have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • Danielle

    Such a stunning dress! You look perfect for the race! Have a great weekend!



    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Danielle, have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • http://thelondonthing.co.uk Tania

    Such a cute dress for the races. I hope you have a lovely time x


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Tania, have a great weekend. Gemma x

  • http://www.straightastyleblog.com/ Amy Ann Arnold

    I’ve never been to any type of race, but I can see why this would be the perfect dress. Love the detail!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thank you Amy Ann, have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

  • Jodie Filogomo

    I was thinking the same thing as Amy—they aren’t such a big deal out here (at least in Colorado), but you’re the second blog I read something about it—so it must be a thing in the UK?
    Love this—it’s so feminine and pretty!!

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Jodie, it is… if you get a chance google Royal Ascot and look at the fashion xx

      • Jodie Filogomo

        So I did—the hats are quite amazing (kinda like in My Fair Lady)!!
        What a fun event!!

        • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

          I knew you would like that ๐Ÿ˜€ I was telling Shireen further down in the comments today that last time I went I wore a big pink hat! There are other races that are a little less formal, xx

  • http://www.mydailywear.co.uk Izabela Nair

    This is a prefect dress for the races or any other formal occasion. You look stunning, Gemma.


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Izabela x

  • http://www.rachelslookbook.com/ Rachel

    Girl, this dress is ABSOLUTELY stunning! I’m seriously in love ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Rachel x

  • http://www.thestylecontour.com Jalisa

    You look absolutely gorgeous, Gemma! I read the post you share on Laura Ashley Blog and loved all the tips you’ve shared there as well, all very helpful! This dress looks wonderful on you and I love how you’ve accessorized it with the nude accessories, with your clutch and shoes! Great styling, as always, beautiful, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Ahh thank you Jalisa, I did see the comment you left there too which was so lovely! Thank you. Have a great weekend beautiful! Gemma x

  • http://alinakristiblog.weebly.com Alina Kristi

    This dress is stunning !! It’s so classy and elegant and it looks gorgeous on you:))

    xx Alina


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Alina x

  • Rach

    These are great tips! I love the details of your dress!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thank you Rach x

  • sophie

    Oh such a pretty pretty dress.I wish I could go to the races

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Sophie, happy weekend. x

  • Amy Eade

    Wow I didn’t know that some races had dress codes! Lovely dress, I think nudey pinks are so lovely for the races!
    Amy xx
    Call Me Amy

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Amy! Happy Weekend ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  • http://www.musingsonmomentum.com Kasie Chelanne

    I love dressing for the races, though sadly in Southern California the dress code is MUCH more casual the majority of the time. I love going on opening day so I can dress up!

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Kasie x

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Such a pretty dress and you look lovely in it! I didn’t know races had dress codes either! Thanks for sharing the info and the beautiful outfit! – Amy

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thank you so much Amy! x

  • http://www.sharmtoaster.com/ Mili

    I had no idea that there were so many different rules around getting dressed for a race. Thanks for informing me ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your floral dress!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Mili, have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

  • http://awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com/ Mica

    That is such a pretty dress! I like the lace overlay and the neutral accessories are very pretty with it – although I could see it working with brights too ๐Ÿ™‚

    We have races here in spring and they have some very complicated dress codes sometimes! There’s always arguments in the media about if various celebrities should or shouldn’t have been allowed in, it sounds quite stressful really, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Mica, haha that sounds entertaining! Gemma x

  • http://www.justatinabit.com Tina Phan

    I’ve never been to a race before but it looks so fun dressing up! Your dress is just lovely!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Tina, have a great weekend x

  • http://www.lilbitsofchic.com/ Pau

    That dress is gorge!! perfect for the races!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Pau x

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I’ve only been to the races once, this is perfect!
    Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rosanna x

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Rosanna x

  • Trang Do

    Love your beaautiful dress! You looks so pretty!

    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Trang, have a wonderful weekend love. Gemma x

  • Rosy Flynn

    I absolutely adore your dress, so so classy. Laura Ashley do pretty and classy really well don’t they?

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Rosy x

  • http://www.aglassofice.com Gabrielle

    Your point on dressing for the weather is spot on! No matter how gorgeous a dress is, it’s got to be weather appropriate or else you’ll end up feeling uncomfortable at the event/occasion. As I’ve told you, I adore this look on you Gemma – it’s so elegant and refined, VERY Laura Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Gabrielle, have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

  • http://lovelyattitude.com Honia Honig

    I saw this on instagram already and i LOVE this dress, the details are so beautiful *_*

    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Honia, have a great weekend xxx

  • http://www.nancysfashionstyle.com Nancy’s Fashion Style
    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Nancy x

  • http://www.rosyoutlookblog.blogspot.com Kelly Kalinkewicz

    That dress is SERIOUSLY gorgeous! I absolutely love how delicate and feminine it is!


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Kelly, Happy weekend! Gemma x

  • Katie Ainscough

    This dress is so gorgeous!! The colour and embroidery is dreamy and I think it looks beautiful on you! I’ve never been to the races but I definitely found your tips very helpful for if I was ever to go. This seems like it would be the perfect outfit for the occasion. And congrats again on getting featured on Laura Ashley! Katie xx


    • http://www.jacquardflower.uk Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Katie, have an amazing weekend x

  • British Milan

    This outfit is super pretty, love it! It’s so classy and feminine! x


  • http://facetocurls.com Face to Curls

    I love this dress. You look so beautiful and stylish and I just love the delicate details and how feminine it looks; just beautiful!! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  • Nadia

    Such a fabulous look for races & great tips hon! I especially love your advice on wearing something a person should feel comfortable and confident in. I think it’s key no matter what outfit we’d pick <3
    We have been thinking of going to Chester races & I can't wait to dress up. It's such a great experience ๐Ÿ™‚
    xox Nadia

  • http://www.arindaaps.blogspot.co.id/ Arinda Puspitasari

    Really in love with the embroidered dress and bag โ™ฅ
    You look so stunning!