Since this is now my 4th year going to the event, I thought I would share some tips on what to wear to the Austin Formula 1 Grand Prix. There are a few factors to take into consideration when planning your outfit, such as weather and the location of your seats.
If you aren’t familiar with Texas weather then you need to know it can change drastically from one day to the next. I’ve gone from wearing a jacket, scarf and boots one day to a t-shirt the next. Oh, and let’s not forget the insane rain storm that hit the area last year! If you aren’t from the area then pack a few layering pieces just in case.
Overall, the temperature is pretty mild during this time of year. I recommend wearing jeans, a tee and cardigan or a light sweater. You will arrive at the track in the a.m and it can be a little cool out at this time so it’s nice to have a cardigan or light jacket if needed. As I mentioned before, do keep in mind where your seats are located. The main grand stand, which is where I sit, is covered but gets some wind. So, while it may be sunny and warm down at ground level it can be chilly in the seats. One year I had to go and buy a sweater at one of the team stores! Also, be sure to wear SPF and don’t forget your sunglasses.
As far as shoes go, opt for flats. Whether it’s stylish flat booties or chic sneakers make sure they are comfortable. You’ll be doing quite a bit of walking especially if you aren’t parked in parking lot A. Keep in mind you may also have to climb up steps to get to your seat in the bleacher section.
If rain is in the forecast – I recommend wearing a rain boot or closed toe shoe you wont mind getting dirty. Unless you are sitting in the main grandstand, you will more than likely have to walk through dirt or grass. Last year, the ground was very wet and anyone with a general admission tickets was guaranteed to get muddy!
Here is what not to wear:
Skip on the heels! While Formula 1 is known for its glitz and glamour, comfort is key (even in Monaco!). You may be tempted to wear heels, but I don’t recommend it. You will be walking on everything from gravel to grass, uphill and downhill. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself. Even if watching the race from the paddock club you will be spending some time on your feet, going up and down stairs, and walking through the pit lane. The first time I watched the race from the paddock club I wore boots with a slight heal. Needless to say I was ready to change into something more comfortable by the end of the race!
Avoid wearing dresses. It can get windy, especially when sitting in the seats higher up. You’ll also have to be making your way through the isles so a pair of skinny jeans is the way to go.