Racing has rapidly evolved into far more than just a day of watching horses trot around. The varied event program that separates families from the highbrow race-day regulars, strict dress codes and official flowering credentials each articulate the elite nature of the contemporary races. Often sponsored by some of the ritziest beverage providers, it’s clear why racing style has become a self-established wardrobe conundrum for us blokes.
For your safest option, get to the back of your wardrobe and grab your go-to suit. It’s smart, it’s timeless, and really, the least headache you’ll get from any racing outfit decision. Sharpen up with some on-trend accessory choices, like pocket squares and knitted ties, and kick back with a cold one while everyone else loses their mind over what to wear.
If, of course, your wardrobe conceals nothing but the suit from your Year 12 formal, it’s probably best you invest in a new one. A midnight to navy blue hue is classic, evergreen, and an essential staple for the modern gent. Keep that suit company in your cart with a crisp white shirt and brown shoes, and you’re all set for the coming year’s formal engagements in one fell swoop. Bonus.
Not-so-secretly a lover of getting playful with your style for the races? Even better. The races are your chance to have a flutter on more than just the horses. Try something different like the newly revolutionised double breasted blazer for a touch of European style, or a statement shirt with complementary sports jacket. Coordinate and play-down the loudness by matching the jacket colour to one that’s evident in your shirt choice.
Heading south, a tailored pant or a smart chino are generally your go-tos. Here’s where you can hat tip to the weather conditions. If it’s a gloomy day, opt for something darker, but if your race day is set to be sundrenched, go full coastal gentleman with a white or oatmeal coloured lower half – if your jacket and shirt choices allow, of course!
Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Just because your feet likely won’t make it into your Instagram pic, doesn’t mean you can neglect your tooties when it comes to racing style. Let your outfit lead the way with what shoe will suit. If you’ve smartened up with a blazer and slack combo, a style savvy brogue or loafer is likely your friend here. If you’ve gone more for the individual, whimsical style up top, don’t go too kooky in the footwear department. Dress down with a simple derby style, or for an added bit of attitude, try a monk shoe. It’s up to you how far you dial up the hipster influence, but fruity hosiery seldom misses the mark.
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