There is no formal dress code at Cheltenham and even fancy dress is permitted as long as the outfit isn’t “offensive”. This is not the place to turn up to in jeans and a t-shirt though. Cheltenham recommends “comfort and class or dress to impress”, which is good advice to keep in mind when you’re choosing your outfit.
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Practicality Meets Style
As the Cheltenham Festival is in March it’s usually still pretty chilly so if you don’t want to be shivering most of the day, you’ll want to dress up warmly but still be stylish at the same time.
Even if the festival is blessed with good weather and sunshine like it was last year, showing too much skin is frowned upon. Stay classy and comfortable with layers such as a tailored blazer over a pretty dress.
Choose Boots Over Heels
Forget spiky stilettos and skimpy court shoes – they’ll be too cold and get stuck in the mud. As you’ll be spending most of the day on your feet, make sure to choose sensible footwear.
Knee-high boots are a good choice as they not only keep the feet warm and dry but also look feminine and stylish if you choose the right style.
It’s all About the Coat
If the temperatures are less than spring-like, your clothing will be covered up by a coat for most of the day, so make it the focal point of your outfit.
Belted coats help to maintain a sleek silhouette and details such as a faux fur collar, bell sleeves, or a bright colour can help your outfit to stay interesting and stand out in the crowd.
Finish Your Look With a Hat
Hats are not required at Cheltenham and lots of people choose not to wear them. However they can be a useful way to stay warm and to add a bit of glamour.
Fedoras work with any outfit and the brim will keep the sun off your face, or the rain off you face if the weather isn’t so good. You can also spice up your fedora with some feathers, or choose one in an eye-catching colour.
Some race goers however do use the occasion to show off their unique sense of style with a flamboyant hat, so you certainly won’t look out of place if you want to have a bit of fun accessorizing your outfit.