Our guide to style this 2019 season at Chester Racecourse...
The countdown to the beginning of the 2019 race season on the Roodee has begun! Very soon gates will open to horsemen and racegoers alike, as thousands are invited on-course to revel in three days of spectacular racing, at the Boodles May Festival.
So to help you win the Style Stakes this season, we've teamed up with Chester Racecourse to present this your must-have Style Guide. Expect dress-code guidelines for each enclosure that will make or break your look, and race-day outfit inspo from all of the designer brands you love at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Read the full style guide here.
Whatever your look this races season, #thinkcheshireoaks.
Annual members & private hospitality
These areas of the racecourse are the most premium and the areas to be seen in - with that, attention to detail is key to ensure you’re top of the style stakes. Be sure to utilise your badge as part of your raceday accessories and keep an eye out for potential celebrities, you're bound to see a few.
Right: Karen Millen Dress, £150 (RRP £150), Coast Fascinator, £29 (RRP £69), Dune shoes, £45 (RRP £75), Dune clutch £28, (RRP £70)
Go with pastels to keep you hot on the heels of 2019's Spring Summer trends; but experiment with patterns for a unique spin too.
...and just remember, accessories are a make or break piece when it comes to the finished look. A fascinator or hat will elevate your look to a whole new definition of race day chic, and the perfect metallic clutch is an investment piece you should never be without.
Fix up look smart! Raceday dressing is becoming increasingly competitive for men. Use this opportunity to find clean, tailored pieces that never go out of style. In this enclosure we recommend a shirt, tie and well tailored suit. Blazer jackets and trousers (including chinos) could be a classy alternative, but remember that a great pair of shoes and matching your socks with a fabulous pocket square can really make for the perfect outfit. Extra points if you colour coordinate with your significant other!
Winning post enclosure & County long room and concourse
Don’t be upstaged by your fellow racegoers, style competition in these areas is fierce – take your opportunity to dress to impress!
Right: Moss Bros Suit, £139 (RRP £169), Reiss Shirt, £53 (RRP £80), Hackett Tie, £40 (RRP £65)
At the County Concourse, work that champagne in-hand style, but bring some fun! Choose a classic colour combination or opt for block colouring - a fabulous print won’t go amiss either. Whilst a stylish stiletto may start out as a must-have, take care to remember there's plenty to see around the Racecourse and lots of walking will always be involved. A day’s racing can often lead to an evening of celebration too, a long day for sore feet!
As with hospitality areas, smart tailoring in this enclosure is your go-to. Should a suit feel too restrictive, smart blazer jackets and trousers are acceptable (including chinos). Inject something unique into your outfit, why not put your best foot forward with a pair of suedes or a statement pair of socks? Don't be afraid to put your own spin on it!
Stand out from the crowd as you make your way between the Grandstand and Paddock area. You’ll need an outfit that makes a statement.
Right: Coast Dress, £69 (RRP £159), Coast Fascinator, £29 (RRP £79), Furla Bag, £125 (RRP £193)
Fewer rules apply here; skirts, tailored shorts, maxi-dresses and jumpsuits - for this enclosure, keep it classy but have some fun! We suggest statement colours and bold bright accessories, tailored suits doused in dusty floral patterns to give a feminine feel, or shimmering metallic midi skirts with structured tops that give that modern 50s vibe. Trust us, you’ll be turning heads for all the right reasons.
Jackets and ties are not always necessary in this area so feel free to mix and match your jacket and trousers; think a darker pallete with a powder pink shurt and tan accessories to soften the look. So on-trend. Add a modern loafer into the mix and top things off with a retro pair of shades - sorted.
Dee stand & Open Course
The Dee Stand and Open Course enclosures are the most relaxed of the whole Racecourse but remember, it shouldn't mean your style takes a back seat. Be sure to dress with the elements in mind and pick pieces with a casual flair as you'll be revelling in this completely outdoor setting.
Right: Moss Bros Suit, £139 (RRP £169), Reiss Shirt, £53 (RRP £80), Hackett Tie, £40 (RRP £65), Kurt Geiger Shoes, £39 (RRP £59)
Picture the perfect summer combo: a white and baby blue summer dress lifted by either earthy toned accessories or a minty pastel over the shoulder bag. Chic (but so comfy) wedges, floppy hats and Audrey Hepburn sunglasses will pull everything together.
Your trusty designer denim or chinos should definitely make an appearance as you keep it casual over on the Open Course. Mix up a pop of pastel colour with a powder blue shirt, aviators and a brogue to pull it all together. Forget the tie on this one for ultra comfort, smart casual is the code here (plus if the sun is out, you'll be happy you left it at home.)
Still not bought the most important raceday accessory? A limited number of Chester Racecourse badges for the 2019 Boodles May Festival are still available and can be purchased online below:
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