Dubai World Cup fashion guide

Time Out Dubai previews the richest horse race in the world with this Dubai World Cup fashion guide for men and women ahead of the event at Meydan

Are straps de rigueur? Can the lads wear socks with flip flops? Time Out Dubai has the answers to all your style queries. Oh, and the answer is a very strong no for the latter.

5 trends to expect at Dubai World Cup 2016
- Men can expect plenty of suiting options with patterns, prints and textures. If velvet is your calling, respond to its roar.
- Expect the prominence of lace on the red carpet to be translated on the race track this season. Think lace dresses, lace stilettos and textured head pieces.
- Fashion’s obsession with the bohemian ’70s era hasn’t ended, as flowing dresses in earthy hues and graphic prints will be a hit on the grandstand.
- Fascinators might take a season off this World Cup, and it’s going to be all about the hatinator and embellished headpieces or crowns.
- Get the texturising spray out for a season of artsy braids, man buns, and chic chignons. Save the unruly ponytail and messy bun for the after party.

10 golden rules of racing style

1. As per the Meydan Grandstand dress-code rulebook, 'women are encouraged to wear hats and fascinators'. Seeing this is the most anticipated event in Dubai’s sporting calendar, we suggest embellishing your crown in some capacity. If not a traditional fascinator, pick visors, bejewelled headbands or netted eye veils.

2. Modest lengths are recommended for the ladies, especially if you’re in the General Admission area in the Grandstand. Keep your skirt and dress length at knee-grazing levels, and give those tragic minis a night off.

3. Leave the straw hats on the sunbed, even though traditionally they are spring racing season staples. Stick to Perspex, tulle, lace or felt head pieces.

4. No strapless or one-shoulder dresses are permitted for the ladies; all straps should be two-inch wide or more.

5. Step out of your monochromatic world because as chic as it may be, this is not Derby Day.

6. As far as accoutrements are concerned, if you haven't found a mustard clutch to perfectly match the collar of your dress, then perhaps you’ve gone a bit too far. A perfectly matchy-matchy outfit is very 2013, and it is best left there.

7. Meydan Grandstand has a very strict 'no flip-flops, onesies, t-shirts and shorts' rule for men. If found guilty of this fashion crime, security will escort you to a rental stall outside the Grandstand where you can hire trousers or the national dress for a refundable price of Dhs50.

8. While double denim is having a secret affair with fashion right now, the Parade Ring strictly prohibits jeans in any of its incarnations.


9. Kanye West might not appreciate this, but sneakers are banned from year’s races. Yes, even the graphically cool Yeezy Boost.

10. Girls, if you can’t handle a rocketing five-inch stiletto, don’t wear them. Opt for wedge heels if you don’t want your precious heels sinking into the grass. Walking barefoot is a big no-no.

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