What’s the Grand National 2019 dress code? Latest rules for Aintree and other popular race courses


ARE you having a mare with your race day wardrobe?

If you’re heading to the Grand National, these are the rules for dressing to impress at Aintree…

There’s no official dress code for the Grand National, although sportswear and fancy dress is banned
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What’s the Grand National dress code?

It’s one of the biggest events in the racing calendar, but there’s no official dress code for the Grand National.

Having said this, the website advice states “smart is preferable and is often adopted”.

Hats are optional, but often worn.

While sportswear, including trackies, t-shirts and trainers, along with fancy dress is banned.

Racegoers like Zara Tindall often choose to dress up, and smart clothes are encouraged
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The Jockey Club want to “inspire racegoers to dress to impress and show off their personality through style”, and ask ladies to channel fashion legend Coco Chanel.

Aintree is a “spectacle of colour for all three days of the festival”, according to the racetrack’s website.

If you fancy a flutter on Saturday’s Grand National, but are feeling confused by the odds, try Tinder style betting app Mane Match – which gives punters a helping hand in picking their favourite horse.

Hats and fascinators are optional, but often worn
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What’s the Royal Ascot dress code?

The strict dress code for Royal Ascot partly depends on which enclosure you happen to be in.

The world famous race track hit headlines by banning blokes from wearing shoes without socks earlier this year.

While jumpsuits for ladies were finally added to the acceptable dress code in 2017.

The Queen pictured at Royal Ascot, which has the strictest dress code of the lot
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If you’re lucky enough to be in the royal enclosure, ladies are asked to wear:

  • Dresses which finish just above the knee or longer
  • Dresses or tops with a strap of one inch or longer (strapless, off-the-shoulder and spaghetti straps are banned)
  • Trouser suits and jumpsuits are welcome (but must be full length)
  • Hats must be worn, or a headpiece with a solid base of 4ins or more (fascinators are banned)
  • Midriffs must be covered

Blokes, meanwhile, have to wear:

  • A suit, waistcoat and tie (bow ties and cravats are banned)
  • A black or grey top hat (coloured ribbons and bands are banned)
  • Black shoes, worn with socks

Men may only remove their hats in a restaurant, private box, private club or on the terrace of any of these places.

If you’re in the cheaper Queen Anne Enclosure, though, ladies can get away with fascinators and slightly shorter dresses.

While blokes can ditch the waistcoat and top hats – but still need to wear a tie.

Elizabeth II also goes to the Epsom Derby, where men have to wear full morning dress and top hats
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What’s the Glorious Goodwood dress code?

Glorious Goodwood happens at the peak of summer, so organisers suggests wearing a summer wedding outfit.

Headpieces are encouraged, but optional, while jeans, trainers, shorts, sleeveless tops for men and fancy dress are banned.

In the pricier Gordon & Lennox Enclosure, blokes are asked to wear a jacket and tie – while ladies should “dress to impress”.

What’s the Epsom Derby dress code?

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Queen’s Stand, blokes must wear a black or grey morning suit with waistcoat and top hat, or a full national costume.

Ladies should wear a formal day dress, or tailored trouser suit, with a hat or “substantial” fascinator.

The dress code’s more relaxed in other areas, although sportswear, including trainers, and sleeveless vests for men, are banned.

Jeans can be worn, but only if they’re not frayed, torn or ripped.



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