The 2018 Style Guide
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Our guide to style this 2018 season at Chester Racecourse...
The countdown to the beginning of the 2018 race season on the Roodee continues. 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.
We've team up with Chester Racecourse to present this season’s Style Guide. The guide brings to life Chester’s dress-code guidelines across the full range of areas and enclosures, whilst providing some fashionable inspiration from some of the fabulous brands on offer at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.
Annual members & private hospitality
These areas of the racecourse are the most premium and afford the most coveted badges available. Attention to detail is key to ensure you’re top of the style stakes and you’ll want to utilise your badge as part of your raceday accessories. These are the areas to be seen in and you may even spot a celebrity or two on your day at Chester Races.
With dresses and skirts, it’s safe to opt for a modest length, just above the knee or longer is our recommendation. Smart trousers are acceptable.
Power dressing is a key Spring/Summer 2018 trend and a chic trouser suit makes a refreshing change. For cooler days, pairing your outfit with a small tailored jacket or pashmina is advised and ensures the weather doesn’t spoil your day.
Fix up look smart! Raceday dressing is becoming increasing competitive for men. Use this opportunity be daring and combine great tailoring with pops of colour to inject personality into your look. 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 a winning outfit.
Hobbs Jacket RRP £169 Outlet £44, Lulu Guinness Clutch RRP £160 Outlet £104, Coast Dress RRP £169 Outlet £113, Coast Fascinator RRP £49 Outlet £32.
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!
Similar guidelines to the Hospitality areas of the Racecourse, the same rules apply - but bring some fun! We suggest statement colours and bold bright accessories, low cut tops, sheer panels and short skirts are best avoided.
As with hospitality areas, smart tailoring here is suggested. 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 polished brogues and a statement pair of socks.
Moss Bros Blazer RRP £160 Outlet £99, Kurt Geiger Brogues RRP £99 Outlet £59, Fossil Watch RRP £145 Outlet £94.
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.
Fewer rules apply, skirts, tailored shorts, maxi-dresses and jump suits are all acceptable. 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 an exercise in comfort, take care to remember there is plenty to see around the Racecourse and lots of walking may be involved.
A day’s racing can often lead to an evening of celebration, a long day for sore feet! Hats and fascinators aren’t compulsory, but can really make an outfit.
Take a more relaxed approach in Tattersalls, but smart casual attire is best advised and usually adopted. Jackets and ties are not mandatory in this area so be feel free to mix and match your jacket and trousers for an on trend look. Add an extra element with a modern loafer and top things off with a retro pair of shades.
Karl Lagerfeld Dress RRP £185 Outlet £129, Kurt Geiger Heel RRP £59 Outlet £49, David Clulow Sunglasses RRP £273 Outlet £183.
Dee stand & Open Course
These enclosures are the most relaxed and do not operate strict dos and don’ts. It is advisable to dress for the elements, but style your look for a more comfortable setting.
Enjoy racing on the Roodee in floaty summer dresses, smart jeans, pretty tailored shorts and summer tops. Think colourful accessories and layering oversized scarfs to finish off your look.
Keep things casual in these areas and mix up prints and patterns for a pop of colour with chinos and a tennis shoe for comfort as well as style.
Still not bought the most important raceday accessory? A limited number of Chester Racecourse badges for the 2018 Boodles May Festival are still available and can be purchased online below: