Have you ever been to the races? I have, but never to Epsom Downs. Until now. Thanks to the lovely folks at ChiChi London, I had the chance to experience the grandeur of being a guest at the races! 🐎
One of the most wonderful things at the races is always the style. Surrounded by beauty and glamour, I felt I was transported to a different world. If only I could stay here forever!
I was so fortunate to meet fellow blogger babes Lydia, Lottie and Gabriele. The girls MADE my day. Despite me being late, distressed and in just generally in a state better known as a hot mess, they embraced me, befriended me and we all had such an amazing time. Honestly, virtual hugs and tons of love to these stunners – check out their Instagrams for heaps of inspiration.
What to Wear to Royal Ascot or Epsom Downs Derby Races? 👗🐎👠
- Depending on what races you’re off to, each event has its own rules and guidelines. While Ascot is a tad stricter, Epsom Downs is generally much more relaxed.
- What you can and can’t wear also depends on the area you are based in. The guidelines get stricter if your tickets are for the pricier areas and enclosures, and more liberal if your ticket is to the Grandstand.
- Be mindful that while a fascinator is perfect for the Epsom Downs Derby, in some areas at Royal Ascot, a fascinator has to be a certain diameter or not allowed at all, and a hat may be required instead.
- While strapless dresses may be permitted on some Grandstand areas, it’s generally best to wear slightly more demure dresses. A tailored ladies’ suit is also allowed at Epsom. Nothing strapless is permitted at Ascot.
- Leave short dresses for club nights. Though it may not specifically say in some guidelines, but wearing something short and tight just doesn’t look right. There’s a time and place for club dresses – and that is at a club, not at the races.
- To get detailed information, familiarise yourself with what the Epsom Downs dress code looks like, and how to dress for Royal Ascot, depending on your ticket.
Don’t be discouraged by these rules! See them as a fun thing to interpret. For example, I wore a kokoshnik to Ascot last year, and the frilliest of dresses to Epsom Downs as you can see above – both outfits played by the rules perfectly.
I’ve had the best time! Thank you so much ChiChi London and Brand Nation for having me join you! I am hooked and can’t wait for next year! Who knows, I might place a cheeky bet! 💰