Style · The London Series

The Season | How to Dress for the Races


The Season is in full, thrilling swing and its a jolly good excuse to don your best attire for the occasion! Admittedly, occasion dressing requires a bit of careful navigation of an, often strict, dress code. But, just because there is a certain etiquette observed with these seasonal events, doesn’t mean dressing has to be overly fussy, or complicated. So much so, the majority of dress codes have remained unchanged for centuries! 

The lovely team at Mirabeau en Provence kindly invited me down from London for the day to attend Glorious Goodwood, a highlight of the equestrian calendar, and experience the thrills and spills of the renowned raceday from the prestigious Richmond Enclosure. 

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Goodwood’s Richmond Enclosure is the private members section of racecourse and has the strictest dress code, albeit more relaxed than other racedays of The Season. King Edward VII famous described Goodwood as “a garden party with racing tacked on” and, aptly, the official guidance for ladies dressing in this particular enclosure is “summer wedding”. 

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Delicate wisteria florals, hand illustrated in watercolour, keep this look fresh and contemporary. Constructed in lightweight silk also ensures it is still appropriate for an August day

The Goodwood “look” is more relaxed than most so accessories can add a more playful element. This Cult Gaia bamboo clutch bag strikes a good balance between formal “members only enclosure” and informal summer garden party. 

I paired it with some very simple, nude patent pumps by LK Bennett. These are the type of shoe that should be staple in every wardrobe. Simple and elegant, these pumps complement a look rather than compete. The almond toe is also universally flattering, and heel height comfortable for all day wear. 

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The all-important hat is perhaps the most synonymous accessory for the races but, surprisingly, elaborate headwear isn’t compulsory for Goodwood; the iconic look being a classic panama hat (for both ladies and gentlemen!). However, the majority of racegoers were in stylish hats and it felt appropriate for the formality of the day. A neutral colour palette is the easiest way to incorporate a headpiece with most outfits and still look effortless, even if you’re not used to wearing one! 

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Of course, the most important thing is to just enjoy the day and a little flutter, absorbing the excitement and atmosphere of the crowds, punters and horse trainers alike. 

A big thank you to the Mirabeau en Provence team for a wonderful day of rosé and races!

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‘Titania’ dress | Madderson London

‘Stila’ court shoes | LK Bennett

‘Viola’ hat | Peter Bettley

‘Ark’ bamboo clutch | Cult Gaia

‘Riva Mini Pod’ ring | Monica Vinader

‘Siren’ rose gold and rose quartz ring | Monica Vinader

© Views expressed in this blog are my own. For more information, and for details of my editorial policy, please see my blog disclaimer.


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