Be the odds-on fashion favourite at Cheltenham Festival

Posted on 6th Mar 2019 Categories: Fashion

With less than a week to go until Cheltenham Racecourse opens its gates, the most fashion conscious race goers will already have their perfect outfits hanging proudly in the wardrobe. Not everyone is that organised however and I’m guessing a few people will now be stressing over what to wear.

Dressing for National Hunt racing is a much more understated affair than it is for flat racing and the most important thing is to dress for the Great British weather. Although March is officially classed as Spring, temperatures are still liable to plummet, chilly winds are never far away and heavy showers are frequent. Resist the temptation to wear an out-of-season dress or a short sleeved shirt, just imagine how cold and miserable you’d be? You want to be outside in the thick of the action; watching the horses in the paddock, spotting your favourite jockey preparing for their spin over the hurdles, enjoying the live build up and watching some top class racing.

Ladies, think Venetia Williams meets Zara Tindall. A statement tweed coat, a cosy cashmere jumper, slim fit trousers and a pair of comfortable but stylish boots equals Cheltenham chic! Forecast a stylish (and great hair) day ahead with a Lock & Co raindrop cap which is fully waterproof and lined with cashmere. Add a touch of personality with glamourous accessories like a beautiful tweed clutch bag from Timothy Foxx (big enough to carry all your essentials and stash your winnings), steal the limelight in an eye-catching cashmere scarf by artist Clare Shaw or focus on your feet and treat yourself to gorgeous over-the-knee socks from House of Cheviot - perfect for adding a feminine edge to your favourite boots.


Gents, stay quite traditional and opt for a tailored tweed suit, wool overcoat and cashmere jumper over a shirt – layering is key to staying warm throughout a long day at the races. Brogues are widely favoured within the jumping fraternity but loafers paired with brightly coloured Tenderfoot socks will put a modern twist on your ensemble. Add a splash of colour with a Drakes paisley patterned tie and contrasting pocket square while a felt trilby (favoured by top trainer Nicky Henderson) will complete your sophisticated race day look.


Cheltenham Festival is a unique experience and is now considered one of the blue riband sporting events in Great Britain, the horse racing equivalent to Wimbledon, the British Open and the FA Cup Final. If you’re lucky enough to be attending, enjoy your day, bet wisely and look fabulous!

Ashley x