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What To Wear To The Races: Tall Race Day Dresses & Outfits

17/03/2023

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Heading to the races? It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit, get dressed up to the nines and bet your wages on the horse with the best name. Race day dress codes have changed recently with The Jockey Club announcing that they have dropped their strict dress codes at 15 of their racecourses! Commenting on how they want their guests to feel comfortable and confident in whatever they choose to wear.

Society has had expectations for women’s clothing for a long time, which often consists of wearing dresses and heels for formal occasions such as the races or when at work. This can be a challenge for taller women who may feel conscious about their height or have difficulty finding larger sizes of heels.

There are some tips that taller women can use to help them feel confident and comfortable when wearing dresses and heels, such as opting for thicker heels or block heels to reduce strain on your feet, as well as choosing dresses with longer hemlines to provide more coverage. Ultimately, all women should be able to wear what they feel comfortable and confident in.

Here at Long Tall Sally we are all about embracing your height and ensuring a flattering fit for taller women. We’ve put together a guide of different ladies race day dresses and outfit ideas from straight-up formal to casual pieces you can relax in, in UK sizes 8-28.

Race Day Outfits Top Tips
  • It’s an obvious one, but choose your footwear wisely! You can still wear heels if you want to, however if you want to opt for more comfortable footwear you can now! Trainers, sandals, and ballerina pumps are all great choices.
  • If you’re a tall woman, you may struggle to find dresses and skirts that are long enough. Look for hemlines that come down to your knees or even slightly below.
  • Opt for high-waisted trousers: High-waisted trousers can elongate the legs and provide a flattering silhouette for taller women.
  • Experiment with bold prints and patterns. Tall women can nail bold clothing with ease. Consider wearing a printed dress or a patterned suit to stand out from the crowd.
  • Be prepared! With the UK weather being as unpredictable as it is, take an umbrella and waterproof layers just in case it rains.

Make sure whatever outfit you settle on you feel comfortable and confident. Whether that’s jeans and a nice top, joggers and a hoodie, or your most formal dress! All you need to worry about is placing your bets on the right horse.

Race Day Dresses

Race Day Maxi Dresses

 Blue Floral Wrap Maxi Dress

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Ideal for a formal dress code this stunning floral wrap dress exudes timeless style. An standout design, this dress is all about minimum effort maximum impact and sets the standard for elegant race day dresses.

This v-neck midaxi dress is a staple you can take from the races to a wedding and beyond. Featuring a ruched detailing, long sleeves, and all over floral print. Go the extra mile with a fascinator, heels, and a clutch bag.

Yellow Sunflower Print Maxi Dress

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This maxi dress is the perfect choice for a casual option at the races, and taller women will especially appreciate its flattering and stylish longer length. Made from comfortable woven fabric, it features short sleeves, a front tie fastening and a shirred elasticated waist making it a versatile option for any occasion. Pair it with some stylish sandals and a clutch bag for an effortless look that will make you feel confident and beautiful.

Midi Race Day Dresses

White Floral Angel Sleeve Frill Dress

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Add some wow-factor to your wardrobe this stunning floral print ruffle bodycon dress. Specifically designed for taller frames, it showcases an abstract floral pattern complemented by short angel sleeves and a frilled hemline. Midi dresses in general can be a great option for taller women as they usually fall below the knee, providing more coverage and a balanced look for those with longer legs. Additionally, the frill hemline on this particular midi dress may also add a flattering touch for taller women by creating the illusion of a longer and more elongated silhouette. Pair it with heels and a clutch bag to create a stunning outfit that is perfect for any upcoming event.

Black Gingham Shirred Midi Dress

We’re always a fan of gingham, but especially during the warmer months. It’s the most versatile print that can be taken from occasion to occasion so you can get maximum wear.

Made from a soft cotton fabric, it features an all over gingham print with a square neckline and falls to a midi length. The dress is ideal for tall women who want to show off their long legs without revealing too much skin. The square neckline also creates a flattering shape for those with a taller frame. Simply pair it with flat sandals for a stylish casual look for the races.

Blue Floral Midi Tea Dress

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Upgrade your wardrobe for the upcoming season with this comfortable woven fabric dress, perfect for more relaxed days at the races. Midi dresses are a great option for tall women, and this dress is no exception. It’s designed with a midi length that falls just below the knee, making it super flattering for taller frames. The dress features short sleeves, buttons, a v-neckline, and a beautiful floral design, ideal for creating a sophisticated summer look. Complete the outfit with a pair of heels, and you’ll be ready to turn heads at the races.

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Race Day Outfits

Race Day Jumpsuits

Black Pleated Wrap Stretch Jumpsuit

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Wide leg style jumpsuits are great for giving the illusion of a dress but the comfort of wearing trousers. Best of both worlds – right?

Bring a classic look to your race day outfit with this stunning black pleated cowl neck jumpsuit, featuring and sleeveless design, flattering v-neckline and cross back detailing. This jumpsuit will tick all the boxes for dressing formally at the races. Made from a stretchy jersey fabric slip into a pair of flats or block heels to complete the look.

Black Floral Strappy Split Leg Jumpsuit

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Wanting to add a pop of colour to race day? This floral jumpsuit is perfect for warmer weather, with stretchy fabric for added comfort.

Featuring adjustable straps, a tie waist, and v-neckline this jumpsuit is a must-have for the upcoming race days. Designed with comfort in mind, there’s no need to avoid wearing this stylish yet functional piece. Simply partner with heels and a shoulder bag to bring this outfit for the races together.

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Race Day Tops

Bright Blue Zebra Print Puff Sleeve Top

Go from day to night with the perfect top for all smart occasions. Whether you are heading out for food before the races or having some cocktails afterwards, this top is perfect to see you through the day.

This bold zebra print top features 3/4 length puff sleeves and a high scoop neckline – following the more formal dress codes. Made from soft woven fabric and an elegant keyhole fastening this top is made for the races. Partner with a pair of smart trousers and a blazer to tie this outfit for the races together.

White Floral Print Bardot Top

Our lemon print top is perfect in length for any relaxed race’s dress code. Featuring a flattering square neckline, this puff-sleeved top is made for those days you want to wear something a bit nicer than your usual day top. Try our lemon top with jeans and layer with a hoodie if the weather changes and you’ve got yourself a casual races look.

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Footwear

There are a few factors to consider when choosing what shoes you want to stand up all day in. We’ve pulled a few options depending on how smart or casual your outfit is:

Comfort sole – the key to wearing heels all day is making sure they offer extra cushioning to the soles of your feet.

Heel type – stiletto heels are a go-to for a classy, elegant look, but they’re not the most practical. We recommend block heels as they are super easy to walk in.

Heel height – It may be tempting to go for a high heel, but the lower the heel, the comfier you’ll be! You can still get dressy flats

Black Tassel Loafers | Black Faux Suede Mule Loafers
Pink Sling Back Heel Court Shoes  | White Cross Over Strap Block Heel
White Ballerina Pumps | Pink Ballerina Pumps

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