Top 5 Race Day Outfits

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If you’re preparing to turn a few heads on race day, John Lewis has you covered, with an extensive selection of outfits to choose from. Whether your personal style is classic and elegant, or modern and trend-led, you’ll find dresses, bags, shoes, and hats that wouldn’t look out of place on any “best dressed” list.


1. Pretty in Pink

Pale blush pink tones and florals are both really in this season so you’ll look both fashionable and feminine in this girly Oasis floral stripe dress. Palest pink and nude accessories finish off the outfit perfectly and are also versatile enough to wear with other colours and outfits this summer.

L.K. Bennett heeled court shoes in cream have an elegant silhouette and the wide heel means they are comfortable enough to wear all day. The jewelled Dune bag adds a bit of extra eye-catching sparkle and the feathered fascinator in champagne is simple and pretty without being over the top.

Create the look:

Oasis Stripe Floral Dress, Multi/Pink – £32
L.K. Bennett Aurora Asymmetric Block Heeled Court Shoes, Cream – £195
Dune Beyond Clutch Bag, Pink – £60
John Lewis Sinamay Loop 2 Fascinator, Champagne – £30


2. Go Bold with Print

This colourful floral print dress in navy and pink linen will make sure you’re noticed on race day. The fitted bodice and full skirt make for a flattering silhouette on all body types.

Team with simple navy accessories to create a look that’s eye-catching but elegant. The John Lewis Teardrop and Feathers fascinator works well with any hair style and colour and the Dune Loulabelle Bow jewelled sandals have a bit of subtle sparkle at the heel, making them ideal for both day and evening wear. Finish the look with a simple John Lewis Origami Bow clutch bag, with chain shoulder strap.

Create the look:

Hobbs Colwyn Twitchill Dress, Natural/Multi – £129
John Lewis Teardrop and Feathers Fascinator, Navy – £45
Dune Loulabelle Bow Jewelled Sandals – £40
John Lewis Origami Bow Clutch Bag, Navy – £35


3. Turquoise and Silver

If pink and florals aren’t your thing, this stunning outfit in bold turquoise and dazzling metallic accessories would make a perfect outfit for race day or any other special occasion such as a summer wedding.

The Oasis mini dress has a fitted bodice with this season’s on-trend lace texture and a plain pleated flared skirt. The Snoxells Charlotte Large Disc Occasion hat is a real show stopper to create a dramatic effect. Finish off the outfit with a textured silver tassel pouch bag from Coast and simple silver block heel sandals from Carvela Krisp.

Create the look:

Oasis Lace Bodice 2 in 1 Mini Dress, Turquoise – £65
Snoxells Charlotte Large Disc Occasion Hat, Silver – £340
Coast Isabelle Chain Tassel Pouch Bag, Silver – £29
Carvela Krisp Leather Block Heeled Sandals – £99


4. Classic Black

You can’t go wrong with the classic little black dress and this version from Oasis has this season’s cold-shoulder detailing with a simple shift silhouette. Team with pretty court shoes with a bow and polka dot detailing from Miss KG.

To avoid the outfit from looking too severe, add some pops of colour in the form of the bright magenta flower on the John Lewis Aubrey Braid Flower Occasion hat and the L.K. Bennett Frances Clutch bag in fuchsia satin.

Create the look:

Oasis Cold Shoulder Shift Dress, Black – £28
Miss KG Camille Bow Court Shoes, Black – £80
John Lewis Aubrey Braid Flower Occasion Hat Black/Magenta – £100
L.K. Bennett Frances Clutch Bag, Fuchsia – £225


5. Glitzy Champagne and Gold

Champagne is flattering on every skin tone and its neutral shade means you can be creative when it comes to accessories. Add a bit of glitz to this Phase Eight Lace Front shift dress with a gold bag and shoes.

L.K. Bennett Cecilia stiletto heel sandals in gold look stunning with both day and evening wear. The matching Cecilia clutch bag is slim and sleek and comes with an optional strap. Finish the look with the delicate Kora Pillbox and Flower Twirl fascinator in latte and ivory from John Lewis.

Create the look:

Phase Eight Lucetta Lace Front Dress, Champagne/Latte – £75
L.K. Bennett Cecilia Formal Stiletto Heeled Sandals, Gold – £235
L.K. Bennett Cecilia Clutch Bag, Champagne – £150
John Lewis Kora Pillbox and Flower Twirl Fascinator, Latte/Ivory – £80


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