Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Dressing for Ladies’ Day

Ladies’ Day is an occasion for fashionistas to shine – even if the sun doesn’t. If you’re heading to the races in Yorkshire over the summer we’ve sourced some of the best Harrogate indies for your post frocks and fascinators.

The Ladies’ Day dates for your diary are  Wed 9th August at Pontefract, Wed 16th August at Beverley, Fri 18th August at Catterick, Thurs 24th August at York,  Sat 9th Sept at Thirsk and Thurs 14th September at Doncaster.

Snooty Frox

Ladies' Day

If you are looking to make a statement on Ladies’ Day, Snooty Frox stocks some exclusive brands. This Harrogate boutique famously attracted well-connected customers from all over the country in the run up to William and Kate’s royal wedding as guests travelled to source top labels in just the right size. There are lots of collections to choose from as well as shoes, hats and accessories – and staff on hand to help you find the perfect outfit. After all the shopping, The Wild Plum café is just upstairs serving lunch, cakes and afternoon tea.


Ladies' Day

Lynx Womenswear on West Park has long been a stopping point for women who are searching for that special something for dinners, weddings and events like Ladies’ Day. It’s a good place to go if you’re looking for contemporary designer collections and has been nominated five times for Designer Store of the Year. Lynx was also voted as one of the Best Shops in Europe by Red Magazine. For an on-trend outfit, you are sure to find top quality here.

Hats on Top

Ladies' Day

Glamorous hats and fabulous fascinators are all part and parcel of Ladies’ Day. It’s the finishing touch that can make all the difference to a stylish outfit. Right in the centre of Harrogate, Hats on Top on Station Parade is a local institution that always attracts plenty of attention from passers by with its colourful window display. A colour match and bespoke service is available so you can match and complement your outfit perfectly.

Jenny Roberts Millinery

Ladies' Day

Just off Cold Bath Road, Jenny Roberts has a beautiful studio offering hats and headpieces to hire, which can be a cost effective option for a one-off event like Ladies’ Day. Bespoke pieces can be commissioned too and customers can have an individual consultation to fine the right style and colour to set off their outfit. This year Jenny Roberts judged the Best Hat Competition at Ripon Races Ladies’ Day, a perfect job for someone who understands first-hand the workmanship and flair involved in creating the ideal headpiece.

Jillian Welch Design

Ladies' Day

Run by designer and couturier, Jillian Welch, this ladieswear boutique on Westmoreland Street is a top spot for your special Ladies’ Day outfit.

Jillian has run her own business for nearly 40 years, first in Canada and now in Harrogate, and has worked for several fashion houses and leading designers including Zandra Rhodes. Customers can see clothes being made first hand in the open plan atelier, which is a popular place for unique mother-of-the-bride outfits, race day frocks and occasionwear. Items bought from the rack can be altered at no extra charge or ask Jillian to create something just for you using fabrics she has sourced from all over the world.

Elegant Era Vintage

Ladies' Day

Elegant era vintage in the Montpellier quarter of town has a large collection of original 1940’s and 1950’s dresses, hats and handbags so if you’re a fan of the vintage look it’s the place to go. Get advice from owner Carolyn Davies, a former make-up artist and hair stylist for TV, theatre and Opera North, on creating your very own vintage style. Filled with glamourous and unusual pieces, this lovely boutique will make sure you stand out on Ladies’ Day with a truly individual style.


Here are just a few great places to find an outfit for Ladies’ Day in Harrogate. Let us know in the comments below your favourite!

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