The Boxing Day Races at Ellerslie are a staple on Auckland’s event calendar. This stylish soiree is held at the height of summer when everyone is at their most festive, and if there was ever a better time to show off all the gorgeous things you’ve been given for Christmas, we’re yet to know about it!
The Boxing Day Races have been a highlight on Auckland’s racing calendar for over 160 years! With a dress code that encourages wearing colour, we’re already thinking ahead to what we’ll be wearing. To help you get inspired for a day of high octane thoroughbred racing, champagne and sun, we’ve compiled our favourite race day fashion and beauty looks.
With colour at the forefront of our minds, we’re absolutely loving this canary yellow dress from Gucci. The off-the-shoulder style and ruching at the waist and shoulder mean this is one statement-maker that won’t get lost in the crowd. An eye-catching ensemble like this looks best paired with natural, dewy makeup and a glossy lip. Gucci floral georgette dress, available here.
You can always count on Chloe to bring the maximum romantic vibe to any ensemble, and this piece of purple perfection is no exception. Team it with an equally statement shoe (we’re thinking silver) and a fun, bold eye with a glowing complexion. Chloe tiered sleeve dress, available here.
Nothing says chic like an all-red ensemble. This racy lacy number from Sass & Bide is absolutely perfect for the Boxing Day races – it’s the colour of Christmas after all! Go bold as can be and pair this dress with a bright red lip a la Kate Bosworth. Red deserves to be on show, so highlight your look with bold red heels as well. Sass & Bide ‘The Lace Escape’ dress, available here.
Struggle with incorporating colour into your wardrobe? When a dress is as stunning as this Zimmerman number, a bold colour isn’t always necessary. Take polka dots from girly to smouldering with a pair of strappy tan heels and bold makeup, as seen on the stunning Jennifer Hawkins. Don’t forget your fascinator or a unique headpiece to really offset this look. Zimmerman ‘Painted Hearts V Dress’, available here.
This dress is demure and feminine but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not a beautiful statement piece! The embroidery makes it unique and eye-catching, while the soft pastel colour screams ‘ladylike’. For a modern look, pair it with silver heels and a soft, pastel makeup look. Valentino dress in embroidered heavy lace, available here.
With these looks in mind, we hope you’re feeling inspired to join us for a day of excitement and luxury at the Boxing Day Races. For more information about this fabulous event, and to purchase tickets, head to the Boxing Day Races page on the Ellerslie Racecourse website, here. Guests can now also enjoy The Paddock, a brand new festival taking place at the Boxing Day Races, featuring DJs, pop-up food vendors and much more. Gates open at 10am on Tuesday 26 December 2017.