Stephanie Shaw & Carys Jones, Personal Stylists at John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham, share their top 5 tips for ladies going to The Cheltenham Festival this year.

What to wear for Cheltenham Races

1. Conversation Starting Accessories

This years all about a statement accessory that will get those heads turning. Bejewelled bags, feathered head wear, eye-catching earrings and fierce footwear are all easy ways to elevate your race look.

2. The Bygone Era

A homage to the 1970s, you’ll see plenty of psychedelic prints, flared trousers and  platform shoes this spring. Translate this into your race outfit by opting for interesting shapes and proportions, alongside groovy patterns.

3. Go Big Or Go Home!

2022 is the year of trying new things, so don’t be afraid to reach for your oversized coats and leave traditional tailoring and tweed behind. Think full-length quilted coats and larger than life scarves. The bigger the better. 

4. A Love Letter To Colour

If winning best dressed is top of your racing day agenda, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of colour, with primary colours and sweet shop brights at every turn. Colour blocking is a huge trend this season, so don’t be afraid to pair your kermit green with bubblegum pink.

5. Planet Friendly Purchase

With many of us making more considered choices in our wardrobes, investment pieces are a must. When selecting your outfit, ask yourself “will I wear this again?”, as we’re all just trying to make more sustainable decisions while also looking FAB.

Final thought...

Don’t forget to check the dress guidelines for your Cheltenham Festival enclosure before you select your race day look, as some may require hats or a certain amount of modesty depending on the venue/day.

Follow @johnlewis_steph and @jl_carysj on instagram and book your pre-races style appointment with one of the Personal Stylists in store at John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham or online at John Lewis Personal Styling.

For menwear advice read - 6 Cheltenham races menswear essentials by John Lewis Personal Stylists

To plan your stay in Cheltenham during Cheltenham Race Week check out our helpful guides: 

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The Cheltenham Festival
Horse Racing
The Cheltenham Festival. 16 - 19 March 2021

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup
Horse Racing
The Cheltenham Gold Cup

As the pinnacle of Jump racing, The Cheltenham Gold Cup not only headlines Day Four, but is also the feature race of The Festival™ for spectators, jockeys and trainers alike. Playing a major part in the sporting calendar in the UK each year, its winners go down in history with the likes of Best Mate and Kauto Star becoming household names.

John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham
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Exterior of John Lewis store

At the heart of Cheltenham’s busy High Street, John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham is a shopping destination not to be missed! A beautiful branch of the popular British chain of high-end department stores throughout the United Kingdom, the shop boasts over 49,000 products from more than a thousand brands.



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