Men’s Races Style Guide
Race season is upon us and, if you’re going to be heading out for a day of socialising, betting, and celebrating with your friends, you’ll have to dress for the occasion. Whilst a day at the races can be a lot of fun, over the last few years it’s also become an opportunity to express your sense of style. In this blog post, we’re going to outline how you can look and feel your best at the racecourse this year.
When it comes to fashion, the ladies have a habit of stealing the show, but all men want to make the right impression.
Stick to the dress code
Most racecourses will have their own dress codes, and it’s important that you pay close attention to them. If you don’t, you might look out of place or be denied entry. The most common rules you’re likely to encounter are having to wear a suit and dress shoes, but some of the stricter dress codes, like the one enforced at the Royal Ascot, ban going sans socks. So, make sure you read all of the necessary rules before putting your outfit together.
Most racecourses will require you to wear a suit, but you can still have some fun with it. Most men will go for the usual black, grey, or navy. So, if you want to stand out, it’s worth going for something a little bit different, like pink, or even a lighter colour like cream. As long as it’s in keeping with the dress code, you can use this as an opportunity to get creative — just make sure you still look put-together. Whether you want to go full on with a patterned three-piece suit or keep things sleek with a plain two-piece number or even mix and match, we’ve put together some of our suggestions below.
A mix and match look will ensure that you don’t turn up in the same suit as someone else and it shows that you’ve given your outfit more thought rather than grabbing the first suit from your wardrobe.
If however you do like the idea of a suit and have a bit of extra cash to splash, you could even get a bespoke suit made for the day. Tailors such as Huntsman offer this service.
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. A day at the races is a great opportunity to be adventurous and experiment with dress pins, hats and belts that you might not do on a daily basis!
Accessories can elevate the simplest of outfits and are a great way to add personality to your look.
If you’ve got a simple suit, we recommend going bolder with the colour or print of your accessories, opting for a vibrant bow tie or an eye-catching pocked square to add some character to your outfit. If your suit has enough character already and you don’t want your outfit to be too loud, keep your accessories simple and in neutral tones.
Impress with your footwear
Your footwear can make or break an outfit, so don’t leave it as an after-thought. A classic pair of brogues, like the designer styles stocked by Pritchards, will work perfectly, as they’re undeniably smart, but also incredibly stylish. You can also buy brogues in a huge range of colours, so you should have no trouble finding a pair to match your outfit and sense of style.
Take the tips in this guide on-board, and you’ll be dressed to impress at the races this year. If you’d like some help finding your outfit for the races, why not book a two hour style session with one of our expert stylists.