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I have seen the Daily Mail coverage of Royal Ascot, but I'm not quite sure that's where I'm at.
We're going to a National Hunt meeting in April. We have a private box, but it's for a family function, not corporate. I want to wear the most casual thing I can get away with, but am guessing that jeans won't cut it?
Smart casual. Don't go all dolled up in a dress and hat, you'll look and feel out of place. I'd wear either coloured jeans (dark red, dark green etc), brown boots, shirt and jumper and a tweed coat. Or, brown skirt with tights, brown boots and dark green coat.
But generally people dress warm and sensible, smart but not try-too-hard. Check if your box has s dress code, but I doubt it will. There will almost certainly be loads in jeans, but with shirts etc - just steer clear of trainers, hoodies, sweatshirts, anything with a logo, and very bright colours.
Source - I've worked in NH PR for yeeeaaaars.
People wear all sorts but generally the above will make you fit in. Unless you don't want to fit in, in which case - go nuts
I went to a do in a private box (at Sandown), and the dress code was definitely more on the smart side than the casual - but not as far as Ascot hats. I would say denim jeans would be a bit too casual. Wouldn't you dress up a little bit for a family function, regardless of where it is?
I've always glammed up a bit with nice, classic jewellery, and done my hair and makeup, but beyond that focussed on staying warm. So reasonably smart trousers (I would wear smart jeans), knee high boots, a shirt / good quality jumper combo, and a tweed jacket if warm enough (or a puffer type if mid winter freezing).
National Hunt meetings are more relaxed than the big Flat meetings like Royal Ascot, so don't think you have to wear a hat. Warm, practical and smart should be your motto, if you are in a private box you will be in the "premier" area as opposed to "Grandstand" so the dress code will state no denim.
The Cheltenham Festival is the premier National Hunt meeting so Google pictures from there to get inspiration.
I've been to Haydock many times and it wasn't super glam at all, quite a basic racecourse facilities wise, though I had great fun, and certainly saw noone dressed like a WAG. OP you will be fine in smart black jeans if that's what you will feel comfortable in. Maybe smarten them up a bit with heels and a great coat/jacket.
Further information has been extracted from the MIL it is in fact Easter Saturday, and jeans are not allowed, so cigarette pants it is. still after a new coat though, so if anyone has seen anything smart, and not black (i have black) that would be great.