Racegoers have returned in their thousands to Cheltenham this week after missing last year’s races, due to the nationwide lockdown that was 2021.
It’s the first time the festival has been able to go ahead in full force for two years and racegoers are determined to make up for it in the style stakes.
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.
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 2022
Cheltenham has its own unique look that differs to other racing events that take place over the summer in the UK.
In the Cotswold town it’s all about smart country wear, which makes it the perfect opportunity to embrace 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.
Shop the look
Geo Tweed Long Sleeve Dress, £156, Karen Millen – buy now
Yellow And Black Mini Check Wrap Coat, £70, Warehouse – buy now
Belted Tweed Jacket, £359, Maje – buy now
Tweed Culottes, £229, Maje – buy now
Freya Fringed Wool Blend Coat, £399, All Saints – buy now
Tie-waist dogtooth-print woven coat, £103, Selfridges – buy now
Tweed Knit Skirt With Sparkle Stripe Trim, £116, Karen Millen – buy now
Tweed Knit Jacket With Sparkle Stripe Trim, £116, Karen Millen – buy now
Ladies Wool Tweed Poncho With Faux Fur, £80, Rydale – buy now
Stallion Viscose Crepe Shirt Dress, £215, Karen Millen – buy now
Warm Wool Coat, £159, Zara – buy now
Double-Breasted Checked Jacket, £227, Maje – buy now
Military Tailored Dress, £124, Karen Millen – buy now
Coat With Faux Fur Collar, £109, Zara – buy now
Tweed-effect woollen coat dress, £329, Sandro – buy now
Italian Wool Cashmere Blend Coat, £131, Karen Millen – buy now
Check Zip Front Jumpsuit, £78, Karen Millen – buy now
Premium Tapered Trouser, £71, Oasis – buy now
Double Breasted Blazer, £103, Oasis – buy now
Faux Fur Lapel Collar, £75, Troy London – buy now