Friday, 1 February 2013

Guest Blog Post - Vicki Power on behalf of ASOS

The Beginners Guide to Horse Racing Attire

The Horses is a daunting experience for someone who is new to the sport. Many places focus on understanding the Jargon and terminology in order to make your experience at the races at good one. Where I would start if I was embarking on a Horse Racing adventure is Wolverhampton’s Beginners Guide to Horse Racing that can be found here. This easy to understand guide will give you tips and pointers to make you confident enough to pick a winner.

When it comes to planning a day at the races, it is important to think about clothing.

Wolverhampton hosts more than 101 race fixture’s each year, day and night. It was Britain’s first floodlit racecourse and it continues to be one of the busiest racecourses in the country. The reason Wolverhampton Racecourse is so popular is its relaxed and inviting approach towards the sport of Horse Racing and as such, there is no strict dress code for visitors to Wolverhampton Racecourse.

For the Stallions

At Wolverhampton there are two enclosure levels, the Premier Enclosure and General Admission. The Premier enclose requests that entrants refrain from wearing Shorts, T-shirts and Trainers but other than that, smart casual clothing is appropriate in all areas of the Racecourse.

A smart suit is always an acceptable choice at the race course and you will be surprised at the number of men that choose this option. It is simple and smart and covers all bases. It is appropriate for winter and summer and if you wear a suit to work, it requires very little thought and effort.

For a more casual approach to race day, a pair of jeans or trousers paired with a comfortable pair of shoes is a good choice. Our lovely British weather means that it can change from a sunny day to a windy rainy evening in the space of a view hours, so whatever you choose, ensure it is weather appropriate and you have pockets big enough to store all your winnings.

For the Fillies

Ladiesis in September, this is the chance for the ladies to show off their true style with the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Lady, Best Hat and Best shoes. Sadly on the other race days you will not receive a prize for teetering around in your highest heels, so my advice to you would be, have a look outside before choosing your footwear and attire.

I have seen many designer shoes destroyed at a race course. When the going is heavy and the ground has a bit of cut, a sensible choice would be wellies or flat shoes. If there is no prize to be won, why put yourself through the misery of painful feet and ruined heels. Pair up your wellies with a pair of skinny jeans and a warm jacket and you will be ready for anything the weather throws at you.

Alternatively, if it is a nice day, the races is the perfect occasion to dress to impress. A lovely dress, teamed with a pair of heels will be just the ticket, and you will definitely get the attention for the punters when you sashay up to collect your winnings. For some, a day at the races turns into a night on the town so this outfit will be perfect to take you on into the night.

This Guest Post was written by Vicki Power on behalf of ASOS, retailer of Men’s and Ladies fashion including Watches, Jewellery and Accessories.