Dressing for the races in Autumn/Winter (A/W) is harder than Summer.

Not only do you want to look your stylish best, you also need to keep yourself warm.

In order to beat the Winter chills, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions to keep you looking demure and feeling snug in this season’s warm tones and classic silhouettes.

Materials and Fabrics for Winter Races

Firstly, consider your fabric options. A wool blend/tweed has a warm, wintery feel.

Thicker fabrics are fine too, and work beautifully in a structured tailored style.

Kacey Lloyd Purple Winter Dress

Winter fashion perfectly executed by Kacey


Pink pastel dress

Alla showing us how to wear pastels in Winter <3


thick heavy laces warm winter fashion

Thick, heavy laces are often used too.


Pink floral autumn dress Peacock Millinery

Belinda from Peacock Millinery rocking a dress by Matilda Alegria and millinery by her talented self.

Leather trims can look great. Alternatively, be brave and wear a whole leather garment, like a pencil skirt.

Leather Pencil Skirt Lifesyle Collaboration

How amazing does Lindsay look here in an outfit by The Lifestyle Collaboration and millinery by Marilyn Van Den Berg.

Faux fur trims bring a cozy, yet stylish, touch to an outfit.

Faux Fur Trim racing fashion

Abby and her mum in heavy lace and a fur trim.


Flares and fur jacket winter racing

Abby in an incredible pair of flares and fur jacket. Image source: The Races SA.


Fur trim autumn race day

Tracy and the girls all sporting fur trims.

Shapes and Silhouettes

Depending on where you are in the world, in the cooler months, you can be flexible with sleeve length because you can always cover up with a jacket or shawl.

Sleeves are great to play around with different shapes like a full sleeve, draped sleeve, ruffles, bell sleeve etc.

Draped sleeve racing fashion

Lindsay wearing a custom made Life Style Collaboration outfit


Bell sleeves fashion trend

Elis showing how you can get creative with your sleeves.


Types of sleeves for fashions on the field

Image Source: Maker Millinery.


Contrasting fabric sleeve winter racewear

The very talented Sarah sews all of her own outfits, showing off a contrasting fabric sleeve.

For extra warmth, wear a midi length dress or skirt.

Teal race dress autumn race day

Mija looking fab in a teal number.

If you are wearing a dress on a cold day, wear a thin singlet underneath that won’t show through.

winter silhouettes and millinery

Georgia and Sarah showing off some great winter colours, silhouettes and millinery.

Winter Colours

Rich jewel tones are favourites in winter time.

Colours such as navy, maroon, deep purple, copper, emerald green, mustard, oranges, tan and the classic black, white and grey are popular choices. Metallic accessories are fun to play around with too.

For more colour inspiration check out my post about how to choose your perfect colours.

Autumn Winter Colours

A great array of Autumn Winter colours on Bri.


Emerald green winter colour

Parris wearing emerald green in three tones and looking snug!


Autumn colours racing fashion

Love this colour combo Sally.


Winter race day fashion

In a self designed outfit incorporating rich Autumn tones and metallic accents with a black, soft leather boater from her collection.


Pantone winter colour chart

Pantone shows some popular winter tones.

If you decide on wearing a bright colour, it can still be acceptable for Autumn/Winter racing depending on the fabric and structure of the garment.

Bright colours in Autumn Racing

Capes and Jackets

A fun addition to an outfit is to wear a cape over the top. You can purchase capes in many different colours and patterns and look very on trend.

Fortunately, the days of the dull black suit jacket are gone and there is a wide variety of prints and colours and lengths to play with.

Winter capes

Image Source: The Races SA.


red cape for race day

Shellzy showing us how to rock a fab red cape.


Navy coloured cape for winter races

Kirsty in a navy cape and matching gloves.


Black and white stripe cape

Mija in a black and white stripe cape.


Orange cape for winter

Doesn’t Jen look warm and ultra styling!


black and white cape winter fashions on the field

The always stylish Elis in a black and white ensemble with complementing cape.


People love to wear gloves in winter time.

They can be made of leather, suede or wool and come in a variety of different colours and lengths ranging from half palm to full length.

I love wearing gloves with an outfit, as it gives you a chance to add in an extra colour and feature.

Autumn winter gloves

Ladies showcasing different types of gloves. Image Source: The Races SA.


Half palm gloves

Half palms were the glove of choice at Prime Minister’s Cup!

If you don’t want to wear gloves, you can always carry them in one hand over your bag- extending your outfit with another feature.

Click here for my guide to choosing gloves and where to buy them online.

Yellow and black gloves for winter racing

Kacey shows us how to take a Spring outfit through to Autumn with added fishnets, closed toe shoes, full gloves, a fur trim and change of millinery!


Millinery of the season is often made of felt, wool, leather and silks. They can be adorned in a variety of trims such as feathers, leather flowers, lace and veiling, all great choices for winter time.

Winter millinery hats

Metal crowns and headpieces are still trending around race courses and can be a great alternative to heavy winter fabrics.

Metal crowns headpieces