Get Race day Ready

The Races are a style highlight on the Summer event calendar in Chester. Get your race day look on the right track to ensure the fashion odds are in your favour this season and shop your complete race day outfit in Chester city centre.

Here’s our style advice to race day dressing

Dressing up

A failsafe option for summer race day style is a sophisticated dress. Place your bets on this season’s freshest statement prints, vibrant colours and contemporary silhouettes.

Looking for something different? Switch up your occasion style with a sleek and sophisticated jump suit or make a modern statement in stylish separates and mix and match for endless outfit options.

Stylish shoes

We have no doubt that those pin-thin-heel stilettos looked great in the shop, but are not such a good idea after a day of balancing on the balls of your feet. You don’t  need to compromise style for comfort when you opt for a low-ish heel/sandal or wedge type shoe as there are many great options around. Kitten heels are always an elegant option, but for those who find them too dainty, there are plenty of block-heel options at an array of prices.

Always Accessorize

Accessorizing is a must and it’s a great way to bring your personality in to your outfit from statement jewellery  to hats and bags.

One good tip to remember is that your accessories don’t have to be big and flamboyant sometimes less is more.  Really it’s all about complementing the outfit and getting that polished look – it’s the combination of the whole look and the fact that you should feel comfortable wearing it.

Suits you!


In suiting, gents can’t go wrong with a French blue, an updated take on the classic Navy suit. But for the more adventurous be different with loud windowpane checks, double-breasted styles, mix and match tailoring. In shirting, a classic white or pale blue with a spread collar are the fail-safe options, but those looking for some punch can bring in a check or wide stripe. For ties, a knit tie is always a nice point of difference. Oh.. and don’t forget a pocket square, a racing non-negotiable accessory.

Plan your shopping  trip in Chester with our pick  to the best places to shop your race day style :


Ladies Wear

  • Chesca, Bridge Street
  • Debenhams*, Eastgate Street
  • French Connection, Bridge Street
  • Hobbs, Eastgate Street
  • Jigsaw, Bridge Street Row
  • LK Bennett, GSC
  • Marks & Spencers*, Foregate Street
  • Whistles, Watergate Street
  • Phase Eight, Watergate Street

Menswear only

  • City Gate Menswear, Bridge Street
  • Gieves & Hawkes, GSC
  • Moss Bross, Eastgate Street

* = Ladies and menswear

Main Picture credit : Ian Cooper

Chester Races pic credit : James Maloney