With Cheltenham Festival just past and the Grand National at Aintree almost upon us, the National Hunt horse racing season is drawing to its climactic annual close.
That, however, means only one thing - the summer Flat Racing season is just getting into full swing. We all know there is nothing quite like a fine summer’s day at the races, and with Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood on the horizon, it is time to get prepared.
After studying the form guide, the main concern for a gentleman about town planning on a flutter at trackside is how to look his best. Nevermind Lady’s Day - every race meet is an occasion to show off your best threads and mingle with the beautiful people.
Here is a quick guide to looking like a champion as you bag a winner.
A suit for all occasions
Investing in a tailored suit for the races really is a no brainer. For one, the dress code may well demand it. Certain events and even certain enclosures at different race tracks can have very exacting requirements for formal attire. So rather than risk the embarrassment of being turned away in your jeans, get yourself an outfit to suit the occasion.
The other reason to wear a suit is they look great, and a day at the races is the perfect excuse to create an outfit that really speaks your personality. We’re not talking black tie formal or dressing like you’re the best man at a wedding for a race meeting (most of them, anyway) - you want an outfit that shows you still know how to have fun.
Combine light fabrics with summer shades that reflect the season, even if the weather does not. Choose a sharp, modern yet comfortable cut - you are likely to be on your feet moving around for much of the day, so opt for practical style over anything too extravagant. Patterns can alleviate the formality as you prefer - a simple tonic check is a timeless classic, but for more extrovert personalities, go where your heart takes you.
Accessorize for variety
The same suit can be worn in all sorts of different ways - different shirts, or the option to switch between a waistcoat and a jacket depending on the weather, can create completely different outfits from the same base.
The other way to vary your look as you fancy is with your choice of accessories. If you feel a tie is getting a little stale, swap it for a cravat and bring a touch of sartorial elegance to proceedings. Even better, show off your knowledge of racing heritage and sport a silk ascot - a type of loose cravat named after the famous racecourse.
Braces can make for a fun addition, especially on warm sunny days when jackets may be removed. And to really look the part for the races, no outfit is quite complete without a trilby - again, there is even a style known as the Epsom, so deep do the associations with race day fashion run.
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