You’ve got your crew, your girl and a wad of cash to hand. You’re set for a grand old time at this year’s Races – but what about your suit? It’s time to talk race day style. It’s the one time of the year where men can play fancifully – lashing out on colour, texture, pattern and print.
Going to the races is a chance for men to dress up as much as the women and show off some of their personality with their outfit. Whether you want to go full on with a patterned three-piece suit or keep things sleek with a plain two piece number, we’ll give you some of the best racing day outfit tips to help you look your best, even if your horse comes last.
The Statement Suit
Statement tailoring is what the Races are all about, especially on Ladies’ Day. The men get to bloom with colour too and 2017 is big on jewel tone colours – emerald, ruby, sapphire and amethyst – highly saturated and darker than your average pastel. Look to slim fits and light fabrics, which create this sense of fun.
Cropped pants or turned up trousers with thin lapels and minimal buttons all add to the rakishness of the statement suit. If you’re going bold suit, keep the leather shoes neutral, and socks too, adding a dark print like paisley into the accessory mix.
If a statement suit is not your thing, there’s no reason you can’t stick to something simpler. After all, there’s no strict dress code for Ascot or any other racing events, so you can keep your outfit as minimalist or bold as you like.
If you’re looking for a suit that has the flattering look of a black suit as well as the vibrant look of a colourful one, then a blue or navy suit is the best answer. Its versatile shade, clean finish and bright colouring means it can be dressed up and down depending on your mood, giving you a look that’s both bold but not overpowering.
Accessories can be a big part of racing wear, and even if you’ve got a slick suit, there’s no reason that it can’t be improved with a few well-chosen pieces. Typically men at the races like to go traditional with their accessories, and complement their outfits with pieces like pocket squares, bow ties and lapel pins.
If you’ve got a plain suit you can go bolder with the colour or print of your accessories, opting for a vibrant bow tie or an eye-catching lapel pin to add some character to your outfit. If your suit has enough character already, however, and you don’t want your outfit to be too over the top, then keep your accessories simple and in neutral colours so as not to cause any clashes.
We all know that rules are there to be broken, but when it comes to Racing it is always good to have an understanding of what to wear on each race day. We hope we’ve helped you on your race to victory. Here’s a few of our favourites for you to choose from.
SCOTCH & SODA COMBO A GREY KNITTED WOOL BLAZER – £128.95
MINIMUM FEATHER GREY KIM BLAZER – £55.95
JEFFERY WEST COLLEGE BLACK ESCOBA SHOES – £134.95
EDWIN WHITE CADET OXFORD CURVED HEM SHIRT – £89.95