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Planning On Going To The Cheltenham Races This Year But Have No Idea What to Wear? Take Inspiration From These Ladies

Think country glamour with style.

Last Updated on January 24, 2023

Racegoers will return in their thousands to Cheltenham this coming March, but the big question we’re asking ourselves is what does one wear to Cheltenham races?

When it comes to the Cheltenham Races, knowing what to wear can be quite challenging. Unlike Ascot and other racing events, there is no official dress code. Sometimes the only thing worse than rules are no rules when it comes to the style stakes.

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What wear at Cheltenham 2023

Luckily we’ve done our homework. Keep reading for our advice on how to nail the ultimate Cheltenham look.

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What to wear to Cheltenham Festival 2023

Cheltenham has its own unique style that differs to other racing events that take place over the summer in the UK.

Based in the Cotswold town it’s all about smart country wear, which makes it the perfect opportunity to embrace country glamour.

As the races take place in March in the UK, it’s almost guaranteed that it will be chilly and we’re never safe from the rain, so chances are you’ll have your coat on for the majority of the day. As a result, your outerwear will be your fashion priority.

The golden rule is to ensure you’re wearing some combination including at least one of the following: tweed, tartan, houndstooth, feathers and fur. Other fabric favourites include colour block wool, leather and suede.

Comfortable shoes are a must too as you’ll be on your feet all day, and chances are you’ll be standing on grass at some point so this is no place for a high heel. We recommend boots with a chunky heel for optimum comfort for the day.

While it’s also recommended you wear a cocktail dress, trousers can look just as chic as dresses (especially under a long coat), and jumpsuits are also another great option to stay warm and look great while doing so.

Although hats are not required, it’s a perfect way to complete your racing day outfit. Colourful berets, felt fedoras and faux fur hats will ensure you look stylish and remain cosy all day.

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Next up, here’s some inspiration from regular attendees of the Cheltenham races.

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Shop the Cheltenham look

Lydia Millen Heritage Tweed Belted Midi Dress

Lydia Millen Heritage Tweed Belted Midi Dress, £207, Karen Millen – buy now

River Island Cream Dogtooth Wool Longline Coat

Cream Dogtooth Wool Longline Coat, £110, River Island – buy now

Short tweed and denim dress Sandro

Short Tweed And Denim Dress, was £359 now £215, Sandro – buy now

All Saints Arta 2-In-1 Cropped Dress

Arta 2-In-1 Cropped Dress, was £249 now £149, All Saints – buy now

Check Tweed High Waist Wide Leg Trousers Karen Millen

Check Tweed High Waist Wide Leg Trousers, £103, Karen Millen – buy now

Check Tweed Cropped Jacket, £127, Karen Millen – buy now


Stallion Print Silk Dress, £199, Whistles – buy now

Holly Long Belted Wrap Coat

Holly Long Belted Wrap Coat, £79, Nobody’s Child – buy now

Pleated Long Dress With Ruffles, £329, Claudie Pierlot – buy now

Ladies Wool Tweed Poncho With Faux Fur, , Rydale

Ladies Wool Tweed Poncho With Faux Fur, £80, Rydale – buy now

Mabel Houndstooth Oversized Coat, £279, All Saints – buy now

Pink Tailored Dress, £339, Maje – buy now

Trilby Hat Double Feather Band, £129, Holland Cooper – buy now

Military Tailored Dress, Karen Millen

Military Tailored Dress, £124, Karen Millen – buy now

Wool Coat With Faux Fur Collar, £139, Zara – buy now

Tweed-effect woollen coat dress Ecru Femme Sandro

Tweed-effect woollen coat dress, £329, Sandro – buy now

Dogtooth Wool Blend Tailored Coat, £149.99, Mango – buy now


Faux Leather Dress, was £239 now £139, Hugo Boss – buy now

Rachel Stevens Stretch Crepe Tapered Trousers, £52, Oasis – buy now

Rachel Stevens Stretch Crepe Double Breasted Longline Blazer, £79, Oasis – buy now

Faux Fur Lapel Collar, Troy London

Faux Fur Lapel Collar, was £75 now £37, Troy London – buy now

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