Dress to Impress: What to Wear to the Races

The races – an event steeped in tradition, elegance, and excitement. Whether you're attending a prestigious event like Royal Ascot or enjoying a local race day, one thing is for certain: what you wear matters. It's not just about fashion; it's about embracing the spirit of the occasion while exuding sophistication and style. At pampeano, we understand the importance of dressing the part, blending timeless elegance with contemporary flair. Join us as we explore the art of race day fashion and discover how to make a statement trackside. 

Horse racing has a rich heritage, and part of the allure lies in its traditional dress code. For men, this often means a tailored suit in classic colours like navy, grey, or black. A well-fitted jacket and trousers, paired with a crisp dress shirt and a silk tie. A pocket square adds a dash of personality and refinement. 

For women, the options are delightfully diverse. While the timeless elegance of a dress or a skirt suit is always a safe bet, don't be afraid to experiment with modern silhouettes and vibrant colours. Think floral prints, pastel hues, or bold patterns perfect for Ascot ladies’ day. 

With a day full of excitement ahead, comfort is key. Choose lightweight fabrics that allow for ease of movement and opt for footwear that strikes the perfect balance between style and functionality. For men, polished leather oxfords or loafers are the perfect choice. For women pair of chic yet comfortable shoes will ensure you can navigate the festivities with ease, from strolling the paddock to celebrating in the winner's circle. 

It's the little details that elevate your look from ordinary to extraordinary. From statement hats to polished accessories, each element of your outfit should be thoughtfully chosen to complement your overall aesthetic. Embrace the opportunity to showcase your personal style with unique accents that capture the essence of the racing season. A statement pampeano handcrafted belt, a lovely leather bag or a beautiful, printed silk scarf can add a spot of luxury. On the pampeano website, you’ll find a broad range of leather accessories that can be worn together for a coordinated look. 

pampeano’s Picks for Race Day Elegance 

At pampeano, we believe that luxury lies in the details. Our exquisite collection of handcrafted leather goods and accessories offers the perfect finishing touches for your race day ensemble. Here are some of our top picks to elevate your look: 



  1. The Perfect pampeano Belt

Crafted from the finest Argentine leather and adorned with intricate hand-stitched detailing, our polo belts are a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Choose from a variety of colours and patterns to find the perfect complement to your race day attire, adding a touch of equestrian-inspired elegance to your ensemble.  

  1. Classic Leather Accessories

Complete your look with our range of leather accessories, including wallets, keyrings, and handbags. Handcrafted with care and attention to detail, each piece exudes sophistication and style, ensuring you make a lasting impression wherever you go. Matching your accessories to your belt will create a cohesion which will set you apart from the crowd.  

  1. Statement Headwear

No race day ensemble is complete without a statement hat. We don’t make hats ourselves – yet – but we do stock an exclusive range of luxury leather hat bands, which can be added to a fedora, cloche or Stetson for that extra pop of colour. Our hat bands come in designs based on our best loved polo inspired pampeano belts, so again, you may match your hat to your belt.  

Attending the races is not just about watching the thrilling spectacle of racing – it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of elegance, tradition, and camaraderie. By dressing thoughtfully, you'll not only look the part but also contribute to the timeless allure of this beloved pastime. So, whether you're sipping mint juleps at the Grand National or cheering on the local favourites at your nearby racetrack, dress to impress and shop our range of belts and accessories – and let the races begin!