As I was getting ready for my first Formula 1 race last Sunday, I got a text from the other lady on our trip: “What the hell do you wear to one of these things?” I remember thinking, “Oh my god, I actually have no idea, I didn’t even bother to check and just pulled out the outfit which feels right.” And this year I was watching the race from the Paddock club so double pressure.
As I Googled “F1 what to wear,” the screen overloaded with images of Beyoncé in a tight racing suit, older women dressed like they are going to the ball and super models in red miniskirts holding racing flags. I was stumped..
in my mind the key to dressing for a racing event is simple – dress to impress while also staying comfortable. So I’ve decided to trust my gods and see if My outfit is just right for F1 race day.
What have I experienced: Formula 1 is a high-end affair. The roar of the track and the drivers who carry themselves like movie stars and embrace fashion with aplomb are undoubtedly stylish. women showing their style and sophistication over their sex appeal. They dress to enjoy the race and to be with their friends.
What is the big DON’T:
Large handbags are forbidden. F1 does not allow camera bags, backpacks, etc. The crowd keeps it simple and light. If you can’t fit your things into a wrist wallet or a clutch, you better practice packing! Leave your giant Michael Kors, Gucci and Prada totes at home.
Women at F1 are stylish but always comfortable. For example, you can wear your favorite mini, but balance it out with statement sneakers and a simple top. Do not show up in stilettos and a tight dress — people will think you’re an employee.
Event colors are red, black, yellow and white. However you do not need to follow this blindly. If you’re going to dress in racing colors, make it look original. There are a million girls at the race wearing head to toe red and white, so make creativity your middle name. And no need to take a literal inspiration and deck yourselves in chequered black and white flags or chevron stripes all over. Do avoid the urge at all costs. Instead put on a little of the stripes and colours (red, black or white) and scatter it around your outfit. Use famous F1 colors in accessories to make your outfit edgy and interesting..
Metallics. Women at F1 love to wear shades of gold, silver, bronze or anything that says, “I have money.” Do not go overboard with this and show up looking so “blinged out” that you could be mistaken for a Cartier advertisement.
Be edgy, be colorful. Just because you dress comfortably doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Women at Formula 1 are classic, elegant and like to push the envelope when it comes to their wardrobe.
Ah yeah! And don’t forget your earplugs 😉