Newmarket Ladies' Day: Raising the style stakes with Rohiny Belani


By Alice Ryan


Knowing what to wear for the races is a challenge. With strict dress codes and age-old formal traditions, it can be easy not to feel yourself and end up owning something that you won’t wear again. Honestly, how practical is a fascinator that looks like a tropical jungle? And, for that matter, do you even want to own such a thing? If you need some inspiration to pull together a look that’s both stylish and practical, too, you’ve come to the right place. . .

All White

We all know we can’t outshine the bride on her special day, hence white is a strict no-no at weddings. Factor in the stain risk and this means formal white day dresses can often be seen as an impractical purchase. However, this your chance to wear white, so why not take it?

rohiny belani (13012582)
rohiny belani (13012582)

French Connection Clandre lace jumpsuit, £170, frenchconnection.com

Jordan strappy heeled sandals, £170,

Reiss, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Ana Bella Millinery hat, from a selection anabellamillinery.co.uk

Make the Cut

Delicate detailing is another great theme for a race-day outfit, and dusty rose pink is the ideal shade for a ladylike look. If you want to be in with a chance of winning Best Dressed Lady in the July Festival Style Awards, this beautiful dress ticks all the boxes.

rohiny belani (13012592)
rohiny belani (13012592)

rohiny belani (13012561)
rohiny belani (13012561)

Needle and Thread tiled sequin embellished midi dress, £425, needleandthread.com;

shoes, Hobbs (old collection)

Head Start

Certain races or enclosures have specific requirements when it comes to hats and covering your head. However, if you do not have a restriction in the enclosure you are seated at, choose a nice hat that you can wear to a wedding or christening at a later stage too.

rohiny belani (13012557)
rohiny belani (13012557)

Ana Bella Millinery hat, from a selection, anabellamillinery.co.uk

Flower Show

Spring/summer is my favourite season for the simple reason that all designers, whether high end or high street, have floral dresses in their collection. I often find that floral day dresses look the most elegant at the races, and it pays to opt for dresses that, while they may be damaging to the wallet, are re-wearable for summer weddings.

rohiny belani (13012585)
rohiny belani (13012585)

rohiny belani (13012588)
rohiny belani (13012588)

Bay Floral midi dress, £225, Reiss, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Jordan strappy heeled sandals, £170, Reiss, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Ana Bella Millinery hat, from a selection, anabellamillinery.co.uk

Keep it Classic

If you want to go all-out and embrace the formality of the occasion, classic colour palettes tend to look the chicest.

Channel My Fair Lady vibes and stick to monochrome, grey or cream, and use this as your chance to wear dreamy dresses with delicate embellishments.

rohiny belani (13012570)
rohiny belani (13012570)

rohiny belani (13012575)
rohiny belani (13012575)

Needle and Thread Dragonfly Garden midi dress, £335, needleandthread.com

Elektra jewelled sandals, £295, LK Bennett, Grand Arcade, Cambridge

Ana Bella Millinery hat, from a selection, anabellamillinery.co.uk

On Location

Set at the heart of Newmarket, home of horseracing, the Jockey Club Rooms made the perfect setting for this race-day fashion shoot. A private club only recently opened to the wider public, its stately rooms are full of historic equine art, while the glorious gardens are all lush lawns and blooming borders. Among many interesting facts, records show that six former Prime Ministers were club members. Visit jockeyclubrooms.co.uk to find out more.



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