What To Wear To The Races In Sweltering Weather
For the Ladies
- You’ll be cooler in dresses and skirts, because they allow for more air circulation than shorts
- Looser cuts let more air circulate, and will keep you feeling cooler.
- Wear fabrics made with natural fibres such as cotton or linen and avoid polyester and anything suffocating or materials that may stick to your skin when you sweat.
- Must be sleeveless (No wet patches please)
- Must be Race-day appropriate (sorry no Beach Cover Ups or Mini Skirts)
- Wear light colours. (Dark colours absorb heat, and make you feel hotter.)
- I'll be honest.. I would NOT wear a maxi dress to the races. The reason I say no to a maxi dress is I personally do not feel that they are race day appropriate (more for the beach or on holiday) and because the last thing I would want is my legs to be covered and suffocating under the dress. If you do, make sure it's flowy and made of lighter fabric.
- Underwear are another thought. So many seamless bras these days are either double-layered or have moulded cups. Select a bra style that is less armour and more support and you’ll stay a few degrees cooler.
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Hair and Makeup:
- Skip the foundation–you’re better off without it than with it melting down your face. Or try a BB Cream as they do the same job but are alot lighter
- Go easy on blush and bronzer–they can melt, too, and it’s easy for them to look overdone in the heat.
- Learn to do a messy bun, cute ponytail, or side braid. (Tip: blow drying takes forever when it’s hot and humid. Just do the front and sides and pull your hair back to save time.)
- Don’t fight your hair’s natural texture. It’s too hard to maintain in humidity.
For The Gentlemen
- Select fabrics made with breathable weaves and natural fibres such as cotton, linen, or tropical weight wool
- Fabric that doesn't breathe well will trap both sweat and hot air near your skin, leading to rapid overheating. Artificial fibers are typically non-breathable, and will make a garment more likely to keep sweat and air in.
- Linen is one of the joys of summer menswear. It’s light, breathable, and has a unique texture that makes it stand out in an ensemble. Some men dislike it because it wrinkles too easily, but the lightly-wrinkled texture is part of the charm of linen, and higher-quality linens are woven tightly enough that the wrinkling is minimal.
- Unlined and half lined jackets are also an option to reduce the retention of heat.
- Wear light colours. (Dark colours absorb heat, and make you feel hotter, where as light colours reflect the light)
- Try mix and matching different Jacket Trouser combinations
- When putting together a summer race-day outfit you need to be thinking about the colours, patterns, textures, and accessories all together. The difference between stylish and just functional could be as small as a different belt or the right pocket square.
- Panamas & Straw Fedoras, are great options which are available to stay stylish whilst also serving the purpose of protection from the sun
- Remember Use antiperspirant deodorant, and consider soaps with menthol that will help cool your body
- Various racecourses have relaxed there rules due to the heat but remember it's still important to look your best at all times.