20 July 2022

Ladies Day returns to Brighton Racecourse on Thursday 4th August 2022! Enjoy a fantastic day full of glamour, racing, delicious food and drink followed by a jazz band performing in the Marquee!

This is the one day of the season when fashion is as important as racing, stylish outfits and beautiful headwear are sure to be in abundance. Thousands of racegoers will put their best shoes forward to impress the judges of the popular Style Awards, which is open to all, with the winning outfit taking home a huge £500 cash prize!

For those who'd like to enter this year's Style Competition, make sure you head to the flower wall when you arrive to have your picture taken. There will also be a spotter in the crowd looking out for any particularly stunning outfits as well. 

For those attending Brighton Racecourse and especially Ladies Day on Thursday 4th August 2022, we asked Sarah Kate Byrne, stylist to ITV Racing’s Francesca Cumani for her tips on how to dress to impress this summer – not forgetting something you can dance in after the racing is finished!

Sarah Kate Byrne 

The Summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a corker with so many events coming back with a bang. And not a minute too soon. I, for one, cannot wait to see happy crowds enjoying all that a British Summer offers but especially so will be the filling of grandstands of some of England’s oldest racecourses. A day at the races offers a magical combination of glamour, sport and quintessential English fun. 

With so many frustrated attempts at donning the glad-rags behind us, this year is the year to plan your outfit and make sure you look as good as summer 2022 feels! Each of the Ladies Day or Evening fixtures across Arena Racing’s jam-packed calendar has a unique backdrop and local style with some brilliant live music sessions. 


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As stylist to ITV Racing’s Francesca Cumani since 2017 I have put together hundreds of outfits for her to wear that lend themselves to each unique racecourse. The weather and comfort, time and time again, are the two key factors to bear in mind. Thereafter, elegance and a shunning of trends in favour of individuality are paramount. And of course, with everyone from big fashion houses to high street brands all finally jumping on the sustainable fashion bandwagon (a drum I have been beating since day one) we can all look for ways to reduce our spend as well as doing our bit for the planet.

So here are my tips to help you get excited about your outfit but also hopefully make it a little less daunting and easier on the wallet!

Reduce, reuse, recycle – First stop, your own wardrobe! 

We all, men and women alike, have overstuffed closets and yet nothing to wear. Cast a fresh pair of eyes over what you have and I bet there is something magical in there awaiting another day in the sun. Some new accessories or a statement headband or hat will instantly elevate your look.

Sharing is caring – Organise a swapping evening with your friends

For the ladies it makes for an amazing opportunity to try new styles, experiment with colours and of course get the most honest of feedback from your gal pals. I get so much joy from lending my much loved pieces to pals and borrowing coveted pieces from their wardrobes in return. This is especially fun if you do want to ramp up the style stakes with a statement hat or fascinator without blowing your budget. For the chaps no doubt your gang of pals have fancy panama hats and pocket squares aplenty to share out.


Lacking inspiration? – look to Instagram for ideas

Sometimes it can be hard to come up with an outfit idea from scratch so look to your favourite fashionistas and try to emulate your favourite of their looks. It is definitely worth checking out the previous winners of Style Awards at your chosen racecourse if you have your eye on the prize as then you are sure to know what the judges will look for. More often than not you will already own a piece that has the same style and shape of a standout look so then it’s just a case of sourcing similar accessories.