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A DAY at the races, a chance to check out some competitive equestrian action?

Sure. But also a chance to check out what is possibly the biggest platform for competitive dressing... ever!

Race meetings and best-dressed ladies now go hand in hand but what are the alternatives for folk that still want to look good but might not be fascinator and gúna gals.

Opera Lane offers a range of both the traditional race day looks as well as loads of options for the casual but snappy dresser whether she be in her 20s, 40s, 60s or anything in between.

Here are a few tips to make you the bookies favourite on race day.


As my mother always says, your hair is your crowning glory so instead of a head piece use your hair as a central focus. Braids are a huge hair trend at the moment and work perfectly with both a laid back and more formal race look.

Think racing silks and don’t be afraid to inject your own personality into your look, a dash of a peach colour adds interest to this pretty dress and jacket combo.


Patterned trousers are a gorgeous alternative to a dress. Super comfortable and they also cut down on the fake tan bill — result!

Fascinators got a bit of a sartorial bashing there for a while but thanks to Kate Middleton, who I suspect sleeps in one, they’re having a moment again.

Get clipping and add one to jazz up shorter hair.


Ladies in their 60s are stylish, elegant and in their fashion stride so you’re confident enough to know you look good in the classic cigarette trouser, blazer and white shirt outfit. A hit of orange accessorising adds a quirky twist.

Shoes are also a huge part of the look, you’ll be on your feet all day and the last thing you need is that majorly unstylish walk people get when they can’t walk in their heels and the balls of their feet are burning. We’ve all been there!! Go for a stylish yet practical block heel or a kitten heel which is so hot right now.

Opt for colours and silhouettes that flatter your body shape and colouring and you’ll be on the right track to that perfect race day outfit for you.


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