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Need an Outfit for the Races?

Racing season is upon us, and whether or not you are actually interested in the horses themselves, it's certainly an ideal occasion to splash out on a new outfit! Race day is as much about the clothing and socialising as it is about betting or watching the horses in action, so here are some of our favourite race-day items to spark inspiration.

A One-Shoulder Monochrome Dress

This beautiful black and white dress from Hobbs has an asymmetric neckline and one shoulder strap. It falls below the knee with a nipped in waist, fitted bodice and full, flowing skirt. This is a classic and romantic look that would suit all body shapes and look wonderful with a bright fascinator and accessories. Alternatively, stay on theme and remain in black and white for a polished look. It's available from the Hobbs concession at Debenhams, and - even better - it's currently on promotion at £99, down from £159!

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Embrace the Lace Trend

This high-neck lace midi dress ticks the lace trend whilst providing a sexy finish thanks to its bodycon cut. Finishing just below the knee, it's sleeveless and has a slit at the back of the pencil skirt. The sky blue colour is perfect for a warm day, and the dress would look fantastic with minimal jewellery and a simple ivory fascinator or hat. Find it at ASOS for £58.

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The Flexible Jumpsuit

Fancy something a little different from the classic dress? Why not try this black ruffle jumpsuit from TopShop? It has cropped culotte legs and a strapless top with a feminine bandeau ruffle. This is the ultimate in a hardworking wardrobe staple, and you can go wild with your accessories and a pair of skyscraper heels, whether you decide to embrace a spring pastels theme, neon brights or even some metallics. It's on sale at £59!

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Find Everything for Him at Topman

Topman is so organised that it even has a race day section on its website for the boys! Find brogues, smart shirts and fitted suits that are perfect for the occasion. Love the slim-fit look and looking to show off those hours spent in the gym? This blue marl muscle fit suit is a fantastic colour and shape.

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Floral Romance with Karen Millen

This dusty pink drop-shoulder fitted dress combines the lace and floral trends for maximum impact. The 'cold shoulder' finish is glamorous, and there is a zip back and fitted finish. It costs £225, but this is one dress you'll be able to wear to a range of occasions over the summer. Try neutral shoes and bag and go easy on jewellery to let the dress speak for itself.

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So what outfit will you put together for race day? Midi, mini, maxi - or suit? Remember to finish off your outfit with the right bag - a clutch is a great option, or a bag with a wrist strap or shoulder strap if you're planning to enjoy a little fizz.

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