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Luckily, the weather is almost always predictable in Dubai and the races next weekend will be sunny, warm and slightly breezy… the best kind of weather. Anything would work, whether it’s a cocktail dress, a pantsuit or even a maxi dress. So here are our top picks for the races.

Before we get started, here are some important tips to keep in mind for the Dubai World Cup.

• Dress appropriately: Concentrate on etiquette. Think classy, sophisticated and head-to-toe style.

• These are the races — not a nightclub: Leave the short skirts, midriffs and sequins for the after party.

• Think practically: Be elegant and stylish, but comfortable.

1. Think in solids

Solid colours are a great go-to when dressing up for the races. Go for something vibrant. Warm colours will stand out nicely against the green field. I love the combination of red and pink in this Maryssa two-tone halter dress by BCBG. The fabric is a supple crepe and the cut is a striking sleeveless halter design that defines every curve. It’s over the knee and despite the cut outs, doesn’t show too much skin.

Dh1,416 from BCBGMaxAzria.

2. Try monochrome

If you aren’t a big fan of colour, consider going monochrome, rather than just black. The Alpina Floral Stripe Dress features a feminine, ‘50s silhouette with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and flared, full skirt in statement stripes and a subtle floral print for a hint of colour. This stunning style is designed to turn heads. Accent it with accessories, of course.

Dh1,000 from Coast.

3. Lace all the way

This embroidered lace off-shoulder dress is created by Marchesa, a firm favourite of A-listers including Blake Lively, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. It is sure to steal the limelight from every angle at the Dubai World Cup. The bold red colour and the peplum hem and cuffs gives this dress a unique touch.

Dh3,673 from Farfetch.

4. Silky and simple

Not everyone loves statement dresses. Some women like a more understated look. Here’s where this gorgeous yellow satin dress comes in. The straight design and the asymmetric hem give this dress elegance and simplicity, while the bright colour and thin crossover straps add some youth and playfulness to the look. Pair it with simple strappy high heels and a studded clutch to complete the outfit.

Dh299 from Mango.

Don’t miss it!

Dubai World Cup will be held on March 31. Tickets start at Dh600 for Apron Views.

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