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Racegoers pull out all the fashion stops for Ladies' Day at York Races

Aug 18, 2022

Frill seekers! Glamorous racegoers pull out all the fashion stops in colourful frocks and elaborate fascinators for Ladies’ Day at York Races

  • Glamorous racegoers dressed in bright figure-hugging ensembles for the event at York Racecourse today 
  • Elaborate hats were the centre of attention, with stunning headpieces in all shapes and sizes on display
  • The high-profile race meeting, which is formally known as Yorkshire Ebor Festival, runs across four days 

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’.

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

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 

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.

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 (left and right) 

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

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. 

What is the dress code at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival? 


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 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 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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