As if you need an excuse...but a day at the races is the perfect time to dress up.
True race wear is unique. It should be fashionable but feminine and elegant and most importantly it is daywear, not evening wear.  If you’d wear it to an evening event and it’s covered in bling it’s most likely the wrong choice.
The big days of racing call for hats, heels and handbags. Go all out and enjoy the fun of dressing up and stepping out with your friends for a day.
Race wear can be fun, flirty and glamorous but it should still have an element of elegance for the big days and don’t forget to make the most of gorgeous matching accessories.

Even if you are not dressing in full raceday fashions, bear in mind that different standards of dress can be expected in different areas of the racecourse.
SPONSORS/CORPORATE LOUNGES: If you are invited to one of the days premier lounges, jeans and t's are a big no-no!  Dress pants and a collared shirt for the guys, and for the ladies again it is elegant.
PUBLIC AREAS: Here is where you can be more informal, but think about the season.  It can be a long day out, so while your summer shorts might seem a good idea early, prepare for later in the day.  And if it is summer, bring a hat, and plenty of sunscreen.


For those of you who really love to make the most of putting together a great race day outfit, why not think about entering one of TRAC’s fashion in the field events?  It is a lot of fun and there are loads of fantastic prizes,  Win, lose or draw, you’ll get to do it in style!
These events can range from the full process of heats and finals on a stage area in front of judges, through to the more informal fashion police who may tap you on the shoulder saying you could win a prize later in the day.

Venue Date Name of Event Event Format
Te Aroha Fri 3 Jan 2020 Interislander Summer Festival Thames Races Fashion Police
Te Aroha Sat 4 April 2020 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Group1) Day Fashion Police