The race season is in full swing and a day at the races can be a joyous opportunity to wear a stand-out silk dress. Event dressing should be an opportunity to be bold, playful yet effortlessly elegant with it. A refined and elegant silk dress is a beautiful option for a day at the races, which will then remain a friend in your wardrobe for years to come.

Our style guide will explore the suitability of silk dresses at racing events such as Ascot and St Leger Festival, as well as the varied silhouettes available at Jasper Conran London. With plenty of colours to choose from, and an array of designer bags to help you complete your look, we’ve got the sophisticated racing ensemble for you.

Are Silk Dresses Suitable for the Races?

Florence printed short sleeve silk wrap dress

Silk dresses are perhaps the best choice for formal events such as Ladies’ Day at Ascot. Silk is a refined material great for special occasions and events, that exudes elegance and class. It is also the better choice for the summer season, with breathable properties that can help keep you cool when out in the summer sun. Our Florence printed short sleeve silk wrap dress is an ideal option for the races; not only is it lightweight and comfortable, but its shorter sleeves mean that you can look and feel your best in the warmth of the sun.

Choosing a silk dress for the races doesn’t mean your new outfit is only reserved for one occasion; our silk dresses at Jasper Conran London are incredibly versatile, and can be the staple piece in your wardrobe no matter the season or year. Silk dresses are perfect for formal dinners and even weddings, but can also benefit you for evening drinks with friends at the pub.

Fleur silk full skirt shirt dress
Francine leather chain clutch in black

When looking for a silk dress for your next venture to the races, consider style as well as flexibility and practicality. Although silk is the optimal choice for keeping cool, it also won’t compromise on finesse. Our Fleur silk full skirt shirt dress can be paired with a hat and black heels or flats to create a cultivated look that can serve you perfectly on Ladies’ Day; consider pairing this dress with our Francine leather chain clutch in black for a hands-free option that can elevate any look.

You can view our full collection of alluring silk dresses on our website here.

What are the Different Silhouettes Available for a Day at the Races?

Silk dresses are the perfect combination of style and flexibility, especially when considering the different styles available for you. Shirt dresses, A-Line dresses and wrap dresses are all available in a silk fabric, providing you with more choice when choosing the best option that suits your preferences.

Full skirt shirt dresses are our speciality at Jasper Conran London. We have various fabrics and designs available in our full skirt shirt dress silhouette, including silk for a refined, chic look. Our Edie full skirt shirt dress in red is a charming option for the races and other formal occasions, with a detachable belt and side pockets for a look that combines comfort and practicality with elegance and style. Match this dress with our Darcey leather double flap cross body bag for a semblance of refinement.

Edie full skirt shirt dress in red
Emma printed full skirt wrap dress

Wrap dresses are a popular choice amongst modern women, due to their comfortable wearability. Our Emma printed full skirt wrap dress comes complete with an eye-catching pattern, perfect for wearing to the races or even a summer garden party. If you prefer a standout pattern on a different style of dress, our Flora A-Line silk dress in green is the perfect choice for summer, with a contemporary print for summer events such as Wimbledon.

V neck dresses are also a popular choice amongst stylish women, with a plunging neck line and elasticated back waist for a comfortable, elevated look. Our Eliza V neck dress is a sophisticated choice, available in vibrant pink to ensure you make a statement at the races. This dress pairs beautifully with our Celia chain strap evening bag for a cultivated occasion look that can accompany you to all events, no matter the season.

For all of our occasion wear options, from dresses to designer handbags, you can visit us here.

Eliza V neck dress in pink

Which Silk Dress Colour Should I Choose?

During the summer months, vibrant colours such as yellows and pinks are great for adding a pop of colour to your spring and summer wardrobe. Our Celia collection boasts a wonderful array of bright colours, allowing you pick and choose the colour that is right for you.

Celia full skirt shirt dress in mustard

For a bright silhouette that is bound to attract attention at the races, or even when you travel abroad, our Celia full skirt shirt dress in mustard is perfectly suited to the warmer months. Not only will the warm yellow hue allow you to fully embrace the summer spirit, but the silk material can ensure you stay cooler for longer, providing you with an outfit that can easily transition from day to nightwear. Our Celia full skirt shirt dress in pink is also a sophisticated choice if you’d like a colourful dress with a more playful colour palette.

Green dresses are a best seller at Jasper Conran London and are a fitting choice for spring and summer; they provide a sense of freshness, ensuring the warmer seasons are fully integrated into your wardrobe. Our Celia full skirt shirt dress in green can match perfectly with our Francine top handle grab bag in green to provide a colour coordinated look that can make sure you stand out at the races.

You can choose your spring and summer colour palette amongst our silk dresses by viewing our collection here.

Celia full skirt shirt dress in green

Silk Dress and Bag Combinations for the Races

Once you’ve chosen your next designer silk dress, consider seeking a designer bag to not only provide a practical purpose, but to elevate your ensemble when you venture out to the races. We have a wide range of bags in various styles and colours perfect for our silk dresses, from compact clutch bags to hands-free cross body and shoulder bags.

Edie full skirt shirt dress in red

Our new Bee mini grab cross body bags are available in a range of colours perfect for summer, from neutral cream to sky blue and classic red. This bag can be a hands-free option or provide a definitive handheld look. Our red option would match perfectly with our Edie full skirt shirt dress in red for a colour combination bound to turn heads. For a more neutral yet impactful look, our Filomena silk full skirt shirt dress would look ideal with our Francine chain clutch bag in cream for a composed look that could also look the part as a second wedding dress.

Our Francine top handle grab bag is a popular option at Jasper Conran London; our black variant is a flexible option for all occasion dresses, and can elevate any look you choose to wear to Ascot or the St Leger Festival. Our Francine top handle grab bag in black would pair well without Celia silk full skirt shirt dress in black for a classic silhouette that can be your go-to ensemble for all kinds of special occasions.

You can browse our full collection of designer handbags here.

Celia silk full skirt shirt dress in black

Silk Dresses for the Races at Jasper Conran London

All of our designer silk dresses at Jasper Conran London are perfectly suited to a day at the races, as well as other formal events such as summer weddings, Wimbledon and garden parties. Whichever dress you choose can depend on your style and preferences; our collection at Jasper Conran London has been carefully designed to suit all occasions, providing you with a friend for your wardrobe come rain or shine.

To discover more about our silk dress collection, you can visit us here.

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