Glamorous racegoers pull out all the fashion stops for Ladies’ Day at the York Races


Glamorous racegoers donned their finest frocks and most elaborate fascinators as they descended on York racecourse for Ladies’ Day this morning.

A host of guests donned all their finery as they poured through the gates for the four-day Yorkshire Ebor Festival, one of the highlights of the racing calendar and a chance for racing fans to show off their best outfits.

The high-profile race meeting attracts racing enthusiasts from all over the country and Ladies Day offers female guests a chance to showcase their most flamboyant outfits as they compete in the style stakes, with eye-popping colours, plunging necklines and eye-catching headgear on display.

There is no formal dress code at the Ebor Festival – with the exception of an obligatory jacket, shirt and tie for men in the County Stand – but guests are reminded to dress ‘within the bounds of decency’ and take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’.

Strike a pose: A fashionable woman in a figure-hugging green dress makes the peace sign as she poses for the camera

Here come the girls! Glamorous racegoers wear their finest frocks and most elaborate fascinators as they arrive at York racecourse for Ladies’ Day this morning

Fashionable friends: Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, with one reveller opting for a bright yellow number with a daring V-neck and cut-out detailing

Fashionable friends: Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, with one reveller opting for a bright yellow number with a daring V-neck and cut-out detailing

Co-ordinated pals! These friends opted to match their ensembles, either through wearing the similar style or colour, when attending today's event

Elegant in green! These two woman wore matching ensembles for today's racing

Co-ordinated pals! These friends opted to match their ensembles, either through wearing the similar style or colour, when attending today’s event

Say cheese! A group of fashion-forward revellers dressed in eye-catching orange, red and pink outfits pose for a cameraman

Say cheese! A group of fashion-forward revellers dressed in eye-catching orange, red and pink outfits pose for a cameraman 

Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, while one reveller donning a skimpy blue bodycon dress with cut-outs across the waist

Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, while one reveller donning a skimpy blue bodycon dress with cut-outs across the waist

Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, while one reveller donning a skimpy blue bodycon dress with cut-outs across the waist (left) 

Clad in eye-catching fascinators, sky high heels, daring hemlines and frilly dresses, well-dressed women looked delighted to be at today's event

Clad in eye-catching fascinators, sky high heels, daring hemlines and frilly dresses, well-dressed women looked delighted to be at today’s event

Making a statement! Designer Rebecca Rhoades (centre) wore one of her own sensational gowns, with a friend (left) also representing in a green patterned dress from the popular designer

Making a statement! Some racegoers took the opportunity to dress up to the nines for the big day out, with colourful patterned gowns

Making a statement! Some racegoers took the opportunity to dress up to the nines for the big day out, with colourful patterned gowns (left and right) 

Bright colours seemed to be the look of the day as revellers opted for deep green, vibrant pinks and blue hues when making their way through the racecourse. 

Clad in eye-catching fascinators, sky high heels, daring hemlines and frilly dresses, well-dressed women looked delighted to be at today’s event.

Gathered for the much-anticipated Darley Yorkshire Oaks, fashion-forward revellers turned the racecourse into a sea of colour with their vibrant ensembles, summer prints and bold patterns.

Short, figure-hugging dresses were among the popular choices today, while one reveller opted for a bright yellow number with a daring V-neck and cut-out detailing.

Owner & Breeder Miss K Rausing greets her horse in the Winners Enclosure after winning The Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks

Owner & Breeder Miss K Rausing greets her horse in the Winners Enclosure after winning The Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks

Meanwhile hoards of racegoers queued up to primp and preen ahead of the 'Best Dressed' show at York Racecourse

Meanwhile hoards of racegoers queued up to primp and preen ahead of the 'Best Dressed' show at York Racecourse

Meanwhile hoards of glamorous racegoers queued up to primp and preen ahead of the ‘Best Dressed’ show at York Racecourse

One woman in a trendy monochrome number could be seen checking out her reflection in the mirror ahead of the best dressed contest

One woman in a trendy monochrome number could be seen checking out her reflection in the mirror ahead of the best dressed contest 

A very daring Ladies Day! One woman who was sporting a vibrant haircut showed off her lunch of chips during the day out in York today

A very daring Ladies Day! One woman who was sporting a vibrant haircut showed off her lunch of chips during the day out in York today 

Crowds quickly gathered to cheer on the races this afternoon as the horses ran in The Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes at York Racecourse

Crowds quickly gathered to cheer on the races this afternoon as the horses ran in The Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes at York Racecourse

While there is no formal dress code at the Ebor Festival, women are encouraged to sport ‘dresses, high heeled shoes together with hats or fascinators’ on the event’s official website – although organisers note that ‘it’s most important that you feel comfortable and enjoy your day’.

The festival – sponsored by Sky Bet – is widely regarded as the most prestigious meeting at York in the calendar.

Each day racegoers will have the opportunity to watch and participate in the Ebor Fashion Lawn, a catwalk culminating in the announcement of the ‘best dressed racegoer’ picked by a panel of judges. 

Feeling the glamour! One group of women opted for floor length frilly floral numbers

while others donned vibrant bodycon mini dresses

Feeling the glamour! One group of women opted for floor length frilly floral numbers (left) while others donned vibrant bodycon mini dresses (right) 

Feeling green! One woman opted for a floor length emerald pleated gown and a black fascinator as she posed for a snap with a fellow racegoer

Feeling green! One woman opted for a floor length emerald pleated gown and a black fascinator as she posed for a snap with a fellow racegoer 

Revellers posed in glamorous outfits in front of a wall made from pink flowers during the outing today

Revellers posed in glamorous outfits in front of a wall made from pink flowers during the outing today

Revellers posed in glamorous outfits in front of a wall made from pink flowers during the outing today (left and right) 

Racegoers checked the racing forms during day two of the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse on their big day out

Racegoers checked the racing forms during day two of the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse on their big day out 

Gathered for the much-anticipated Darley Yorkshire Oaks, fashion-forward revellers turned the racecourse into a sea of colour with their vibrant ensembles, summer prints and bold patterns

Gathered for the much-anticipated Darley Yorkshire Oaks, fashion-forward revellers turned the racecourse into a sea of colour with their vibrant ensembles, summer prints and bold patterns

A VERY daring headpiece! One woman opted for a stunningly detailed fascinator as she stepped out in an elegant black and white ensemble

A VERY daring headpiece! One woman opted for a stunningly detailed fascinator as she stepped out in an elegant black and white ensemble 

Monochrome magic! While many revellers opted for pops of vibrant colour, others donned more simple black and white gowns for the big day out

Monochrome magic! While many revellers opted for pops of vibrant colour, others donned more simple black and white gowns for the big day out

Monochrome magic! While many revellers opted for pops of vibrant colour, others donned more simple black and white gowns for the big day out 

But it wasn't all dresses! One woman opted for an elegant green suit with matching shoes and a trendy hat for the outing this afternoon

But it wasn’t all dresses! One woman opted for an elegant green suit with matching shoes and a trendy hat for the outing this afternoon 

Now THAT'S a statement! One racegoer opted for a matching pink and white fascinator which she paired with a bodycon floor length gown with a fishtail hem

Now THAT’S a statement! One racegoer opted for a matching pink and white fascinator which she paired with a bodycon floor length gown with a fishtail hem 

Mellow yellow! Some revellers brought the sunshine with their vibrant outfits with one woman opting for a navy and lemon dress and matching fascinator

Mellow yellow! Some revellers brought the sunshine with their vibrant outfits

Mellow yellow! Some revellers brought the sunshine with their vibrant outfits (right), with one woman opting for a navy and lemon dress and matching fascinator (left)

Pose ladies! Many appeared to be soaking up the gorgeous summer sunshine at the event today, donning flamboyant and colourful ensembles

Pose ladies! Many appeared to be soaking up the gorgeous summer sunshine at the event today, donning flamboyant and colourful ensembles 

Tickled pink! Many racegoers opted for vibrant dresses and over-the-top head pieces during the day out in York this afternoon

Tickled pink! Many racegoers opted for vibrant dresses and over-the-top head pieces during the day out in York this afternoon

Tickled pink! Many racegoers opted for vibrant dresses and over-the-top head pieces during the day out in York this afternoon (left and right) 

Looking good! A dapper gentleman in stylish sunglasses walks alongside two women in equally attention-grabbing, vibrant ensembles this morning

Looking good! A dapper gentleman in stylish sunglasses walks alongside two women in equally attention-grabbing, vibrant ensembles this morning

Heely great! These well-heeled revellers teamed skyscraper heels with their stylish frocks and fancy fascinators for a day out at the races

New heights! Well-heeled spectators stepped out at the festival in style

Heely great! These well-heeled revellers teamed skyscraper heels with their stylish frocks and fancy fascinators for a day out at the races

What is the dress code at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival? 

THE COUNTY STAND

The County Stand is the racecourse’s premier enclosure, and has a formal dress code of collared shirt, jacket and tie for men. Short-sleeved shirts, bow ties, and dress shorts are all also accepted within the dress code, according to bosses.

There is no formal dress code for ladies, however most choose to dress up for a day at the races – with ‘wedding guest attire’ suggested as inspiration. Most female racegoers do opt to wear dresses, high heeled shoes together with hats or fascinators, however organisers note that ‘it’s most important that you feel comfortable and enjoy your day’.

In the event of a heat wave, the dress code for gentlemen may be relaxed – subject to social media updates.

THE GRANDSTAND AND PADDOCK

The Grandstand and Paddock has no formal dress code and guests are free to dress as they wish and feel comfortable. However, taking a lead from the County Stand dress code, many racegoers in this enclosure do tend to use a day at the races as an excuse to get glammed up.

Fancy dress (within the bounds of decency) is not unusual but guests are urged to remember it is a ‘family friendly’ event.

THE CLOCKTOWER ENCLOSURE

The Clock Tower Enclosure is a relaxed area in which to enjoy picnics with family and friends whilst watching the racing.

This is the most relaxed enclosure, and organisers suggest comfortable, practical, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, as the area is outside and therefore exposed to the elements.

Source: yorkracecourse.co.uk



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