Style Tips

Races Outfits, to Suit Every Style

With the racing season well and truly in full swing, now is the time to start thinking about your races outfits. Fortunately, GlamCorner is your Endless Designer Wardrobe for the races and beyond. Which means that we are here to help take the guesswork out of all your race day outfits, from the Melbourne Cup to Spring racing at Royal Randwick and everything in between. Wherever you are headed this racing season, we have specially curated a selection of elegant racewear attire, to suit your every style and carnival.

While there tend to be lots of traditional style rules thrown around about how to dress for the races, our main rule of thumb is just to make sure that you are feeling great and will be comfortable enough for a long day spent trackside. It is good to keep a few basic ground rules in mind for these occasions, though. Ground rules which include:

  1. To start with a hat or headpiece. Hats and hair accessories are a longstanding tradition for a day out at the races, so this is a great place to start when it comes to getting all dressed up for the races.
  2. Aim to avoid anything that’s too tight or revealing in your races outfit, as many racecourses still have quite strict dress regulations upon entry.
  3. Gravitate towards daytime style codes when putting together your race day outfits. Think bright florals for Spring racing and long sleeve ruffled styles for the autumn carnival.
  4. Accessorise wisely. A clutch bag is a great choice for the races, as are comfortable stacked heels that won’t see you sinking in the turf.
  5. Finally, dressing for the races is nothing if not a license to have fun with your personal style! So experiment with fun dresses or an unconventional suit and some eye-catching accessories for a day at the track.

Model wearing Rebecca Vallance - Carline One Shoulder Dress

Whether your preferred races outfits are brightly coloured, or something more neutral and understated, we have got just the styles to help you get ready for a fun day out at the races. Perusing our selection of everything from bright race day outfits to floral midi dresses and romantic ruffled pieces, you will find that there are thousands of styles to choose from, by hundreds of designers.

There are those that really make a statement – races outfits crafted in bold colours such as those by Rebecca Vallance, for example, or elegantly tailored By Johnny midi dresses. There are ultra feminine styles like puff sleeve dresses by Pasduchas, or printed dresses for the races by LEO & LIN. So, whatever your personal style, we have got just the race day attire for you.

Renting rather than buying your dresses for the races also means that you can experiment with different styles, without blowing the budget. Our convenient subscription model allows you to choose a few different styles at a time, wear them out to the races, and then return them in exchange for your next rotation of races outfits. Alternatively, you can make the most of our one time rental service for that extra special occasion like The Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

With textile waste posing a huge issue in the modern fashion industry, renting rather than buying new represents a great way to keep your races outfits fresh, without contributing unnecessary waste to landfill. When you consider the fact that the average Australian discards 31 kilos of textiles every year, renting your racewear attire has never been more environmentally attractive than it is right now.

By participating in the circular fashion economy, you can help keep racewear dresses in rotation for longer, minimising the amount of textile waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill. So you can enjoy that same new dress feeling for all of your fashions on the field moments, without the negative environmental impacts of buying a new dress for each new race day occasion.

GlamCorner makes renting your racewear as convenient as possible, too, with thousands of races outfits to suit every occasion. Looking for short dresses, long dresses and everything in between? Then we have got you covered with all of the latest designer styles, to complete your look trackside.

Trends to Try For The Races

Playful mini dresses

Model wearing Nicholas floral dress

While both the Spring racing season and the autumn carnival call for a certain level of decorum in the wardrobe department, tasteful mini dresses can be a beautiful choice for a day out at Royal Randwick Racecourse. We usually look for something that sits around the knee here – especially for more formal racing occasions – or a dress that provides a little tasteful coverage through the decolletage. Think button-up printed styles by Australian designers such as Pasduchas, or something with a feminine flounce in the spirit of Talulah.

Effortless midi dresses

Channel Julia Roberts’ trackside moment in Pretty Woman with printed midi dresses for your upcoming day at the races. We particularly love a belted style that falls mid-calf here, like those by LEO & LIN. Or you could really take a leaf out of Julia’s style book with a fun polka dot number by the likes of local favourites Zimmermann.

Relaxed maxi dresses

Sometimes you just can’t go past the relaxed elegance of a maxi dress for your race day outfits. The long lines of these timeless styles will cut a sophisticated silhouette and will also be comfortable enough for wearing all day long – and well into the evening too. To really make a statement, opt for a colourful style – like those by Rebecca Vallance – or something with an interesting print by designers such as Keepsake the Label.

Springtime floral dresses

Floral dresses make for an effortless choice when it comes to dressing up for a day at the races. Talulah is one of our favourite designers here, specialising in everything from bold big florals to understated micro florals. Choose a sophisticated midi length to offset the proportions of a statement hat, or something a little shorter to pair back with a fun fascinator. A touch of floral and your race day outfits will be well placed among the finest fashions on the field.

Colour block dresses

You can really make an entrance trackside with a bold pop of colour. Local designers like Acler make beautiful styles in all shades from scarlet red to soft lilac. Meanwhile, international favourites such as Rixo London are known for their colourful printed pieces. So experiment with bright hues and introduce a little colour and flair to your races outfits.

Romantic ruffled dresses

There are few styles quite so romantic for the races as ruffled dresses by designers like LEO & LIN. Diaphanous fabrications with a flounce make for the perfect fashion statement at the races. These ruffled styles can represent a modern alternative to the traditional hat, and effortlessly complement a headband or fascinator.

Statement sleeves

When the autumn racing season rolls around, long sleeve dress styles can make both a beautiful and a practical choice – offering a little extra coverage for those cooler months. A statement sleeve can be especially impactful here, like an asymmetric long sleeve By Johnny dress or a balloon sleeve dress by Rebecca Vallance. The bigger, the better when it comes to sleeves, if you ask us.

A power suit

You don’t necessarily have to wear a dress, either. Smart tailored pieces also make a great choice for a day at the races, instead of the traditional dress. We especially love a power suit for the autumn racing season, when temperatures drop and the climate is less friendly for thigh-skimming dress styles. Slip into the sharp tailoring and sophisticated details of designers like Elliatt here, or have some fun with a printed suit by Pasduchas.

Tailored jumpsuits

Are you in the mood for something a little more unconventional this racing season? Then consider a jumpsuit for your races outfits. Australian label Zimmermann specialises in beautiful printed playsuits if you are looking for something on the shorter side. Or you could opt for a sleek belted style jumpsuit like those by Ginger & Smart. The upside? You will look great and be ultra comfortable all day, to boot.

Complete Your Look with Accessories

A bold headpiece

Hat wearing is a longstanding tradition due to the royal origins of most horse racing carnivals and events. These days, though, a hat is not always mandatory for a day out at the races. You could also experiment with playful accessories, like a headband or a bold headpiece. Designers like Heather McDowell have got you covered here, specialising in everything from understated headbands to bold crown inspired styles that are perfect for completing your races outfits in style.

Elegant accessories

It is not just about the hats and headwear when it comes to accessories that are fit for race day. Other elegant accessories like a boldly coloured handbag or a statement earring can really make an impact trackside, helping to complete your racewear attire. We especially love an eye catching clutch bag by Olga Berg, for example, or a chandelier earring by Peter Lang. The more fabulous, the better as far as we are concerned.

Your Endless Wardrobe

Have you tried out GlamCorner Subscription yet, for all of your races outfits? It offers the ultimate in fashion freedom. Become a GC Member and you will have all of the latest designer racewear attire available right at your fingertips.

Ease and convenience is what we are all about at GlamCorner. So, once you have narrowed down your favourite race day outfits, then you can select a few favourites to arrive in your next GlamCorner Box. This will save you precious time and money, while also helping to save the planet by reducing textile waste.

The great thing about renting is that you get to experiment with different designers, colours and silhouettes, too, and really carve out your sense of personal style. This is the perfect excuse to try on a few different racewear dresses before race day.

Affordable, convenient and sustainable, renting with GlamCorner really is the best way to update your wardrobe, without costing the earth. Your Endless Designer Wardrobe for all those races outfits and beyond, we have got you covered with a wide range of designer styles to suit your every style and carnival.

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