From clean-lined tailoring to floaty tea dresses, this summer’s fashion trends lend themselves perfectly to Newmarket race-day dressing


By Alice Ryan


If you’re entering the July Festival Style Awards, good news: from clean-lined tailoring to floaty tea dresses, this summer’s fashion trends lend themselves perfectly to race-day dressing.

Alice Ryan, editor of Velvet magazine and long-time best-dressed judge, spotlights five of the best.

And who knows, if you follow our tips, you might be a winner!

PRINTS Sosandar Red Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, £69 (13640679)
PRINTS Sosandar Red Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, £69 (13640679)

TEA DRESSES

Seen on umpteen A-listers - there were lots at the royal weddings - the tea dress has been enjoying a renaissance for several seasons now. This year’s take on the trend is very ladylike: think demur neck and hemlines and girlish floral prints.

TEA DRESS Oliver Bonas Storyteller Print Dress, £75 (13640741)
TEA DRESS Oliver Bonas Storyteller Print Dress, £75 (13640741)
TEA DRESS Oasis Belted Blue Floral Midi, £59 (13640733)
TEA DRESS Oasis Belted Blue Floral Midi, £59 (13640733)

STATEMENT DETAILS

Sleeves are having a bit of a moment - puff, kimono, we’ve even seen a few 1980s-Laura-Ashley mutton legs. Frills are still in, too, but they’re softer and more fluid than last year, with waterfall ruffles trimming shoulders and skirt-edges.

STATEMENT DETAILS V by Very Ruffle Wrap Front Maxi Dress, £32 (13640697)
STATEMENT DETAILS V by Very Ruffle Wrap Front Maxi Dress, £32 (13640697)
STATEMENT DETAILS Miss Selfridge Ivory Floral Print Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress, £45 (13640689)
STATEMENT DETAILS Miss Selfridge Ivory Floral Print Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress, £45 (13640689)

TAILORING & TROUSERS

Sharp tailoring is making a big comeback, with trouser suits trending for both this season and next. There’s an Eighties vibe to some of the shaping - jackets with shoulder pads, tapered trousers - and block co-ord colour is key, ranging from bold brights to pretty pastels.

TAILORING Monsoon Alejandra Co-Ord Suit, £125 (13640712)
TAILORING Monsoon Alejandra Co-Ord Suit, £125 (13640712)
TAILORING Wallis Blazer, £42, Trousers, £35 (13640721)
TAILORING Wallis Blazer, £42, Trousers, £35 (13640721)

PRINTS

From bright, folksy florals to animal prints - which, set to be huge again this autumn/winter, are officially your wardrobe’s new neutral - there’s an on-trend print to suit every taste and style. If you are taking this route for a race-day, though, it’s an idea to keep your accessories plain and simple.

PRINTS Sosandar Red Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, £69 (13640679)
PRINTS Sosandar Red Leopard Ruffle Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, £69 (13640679)
PRINTS Oliver Bonas Bright Blue Floral Print Dress, £75 (13640661)
PRINTS Oliver Bonas Bright Blue Floral Print Dress, £75 (13640661)

CHUNKY SANDALS

Great news for race-day dressing: chunky heels and square toes are firmly in fashion, so no more sinking into the grass or pinched feet. And ‘chunky’ doesn’t translate as ‘lumpen and unlovely’, either - delicate ankle straps, animal prints and metallic finishes make these shoes pretty as well as practical. (at the other end of the scale, barely-there sandals are also trending, but they’re zero fun for walking around on the grass, so save them for another day/night.)

CHUNKY SANDALS Monsoon Sephora Snake Block Heel Sandals, £45 (13640592)
CHUNKY SANDALS Monsoon Sephora Snake Block Heel Sandals, £45 (13640592)
CHUNKY SANDALS New Look Rose Gold Leather-look Espadrille Block Heel Sandals, £22.99 (13640615)
CHUNKY SANDALS New Look Rose Gold Leather-look Espadrille Block Heel Sandals, £22.99 (13640615)


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