How To Dress For The Races With Coast & Doncaster Racecourse

Hey guys,

Super exciting times are upon us because although Summer is nearly over (sorry!) there’s still the chance to see the season out in style in one week’s time.

St Leger’s Ladies Day at Doncaster Racecourse is being held on Thursday 13th September and I am super excited to be going, thanks to Doncaster Races and fashion retailer Coast*

Today I want to take you through what I’ve picked out to wear from Coast, alongside my advice for how to dress for the races. Enjoy!

How to dress for the races

This is a question that plagues the mind of first-timers and race veterans alike. I have only ever been to the races once and I kid you not, I spent weeks deciding on options and then changing my mind.

In a nutshell, the races are a classy affair and an excuse to get dressed up, but remember that you’ll be out and about all day and drinking so don’t wear night out heels that’ll kill you off after 2 hours!

Where to begin?

The best place to start is by buying the staple part of your outfit – the dress, jumpsuit, co-ord etc. Once you have that sorted and on lock-down, you can work your way around shoes, bags and accessorising.

I was very lucky to have the run of Meadowhall’s Coast store to pick my outfit for this occasion. Coast is such an amazing store when it comes to shopping for the races, as the whole brand is very wedding/occasion wear esq. They even have an entire section of their website for outfits for the races, so I was spoilt for choice when it came to picking mine.

Below are the options I picked to try on. Which one is your favourite?

Mari cape sleeve jumpsuit


I loved this jumpsuit for the beautiful colour and design. It felt very races AND very summery, but there was something about the cape sleeve that made me feel very covered up. Also, the trousers were a little bit clingy and I felt you could see my pant line through them – the quality didn’t as premium as the other two designs.

If I had gone for it, I would have worn it with my strappy silver diamante heels and a silver clutch bag. I tried on a size 14 and the 12 was a little on the tight side on my legs.

Evie spot belted dress

Again, I just love this design! The polka dots, the hanky hem, the neckline – it’s a gorgeous wedding or races outfit, but I really wanted to wear a colour.

I always go for monochrome which I feel is a bit boring! Though this dress would have looked beautiful with a bright, contrasting colour shoe/bag combo or a black fascinator and accessories. I tried on a size 12 which was the perfect fit.

Gabriella frill back jumpsuit

And we have a winner! This jumpsuit is such a beautiful design that looks AMAZING on. Unfortunately, the store didn’t have a size 14 in stock – the 12 was super tight (disappointing, as that is my normal size) but the 16 looked nice with a waist belt to clinch it in. I just couldn’t resist A. The colour, and B. the gorgeous back detailing on this one.

I’m a sucker for a nice back and the pinky, rust colour looks amazing with dark hair. I also know that I’ll definitely wear this again, to events or even to work, whereas the others I think I’d be struggling to find an event to wear them to anytime soon.

What next?

Once you’ve got the main part of your outfit sorted, it’s time to start thinking about shoes, a bag and other accessories.

As it stands, I am torn with this outfit. It’s a darker colour in person then the website photos, so I am thinking of either going for my staple black barely there heels with my Chanel bag OR mixing things up a big and going for a clashing pale pink barely-there heel and matching skinny belt and having to hunt for a bag that matches.

And last but not least… fascinator or no fascinator? That is the question!

The last thing (or first – depending on what you want the focus of your outfit to be) thing to consider is your headwear. Now, of course you don’t have to wear a fascinator or hat to the races, but they are a big staple, especially when it comes to things like Ladies Day.

Though I like the idea of a fascinator with the jumpsuit, I’m not 100% sure I am going to wear one. If I do, I would want to wear a two-tone one to tie in the colours of my outfit.

I don’t think a plain black one would look great and I’m struggling to find one that incorporates the rust colour of the jumpsuit with pale pink. I’ve found lots of burgundy and pale pink fascinators on Ebay and Etsy, but none so far that are the right colour combination. The mission continues!

What do you think? Rust and black or rust and pale pink?

I’m going to do a little Instagram poll so make sure you head there to give me your opinion, or pop it in the comments section below.

I am so so excited for Ladies Day at Doncaster Races – I’ve never been there before and I’ll be joined by my lovely blogger pal Helen as well as Tracey from Naughty Forty Diaries and a few others I’ve yet to meet. I’ll be sure to take some proper outfit photos, I debated putting my changing rooms selfies up but the lighting wasn’t brilliant!

Will I see you there? What would you normally wear to the races?

Until next time!

Hannah x


Disclaimer*: I was kindly gifted tickets to Doncaster Races Ladies Day and an outfit to wear from Coast, Meadowhall. Thank you very much to both parties, and Sidekick PR who make it happen.

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