Hooves pound along the track, champagne is popped, the winners are hugged and cheered while the losers tear their betting sheets and pop more champagne to get over the loss. Yes, racing season is upon us, and whether you’ve got a personal invite to the member’s stands or you’re slumming it on the lawn, here’s how to look a million dollars through every Spring racing carnival.
Racing season is one of the many great opportunities for men to show off their individuality and have some fun with the dress code. You don’t have to look any further than ‘Fashions on the Field’ to get an idea of how the weird, wacky and downright outrageous are celebrated and glorified at Spring racing carnivals.
For those who want to cut through the proverbial red tape, it’s important to remember that you’re at a public event that requires you to be dressed smartly. Avoid suits in outlandishly bright colours and garish floral patterns, as this just looks like you’re trying to overcompensate on the idea of making a statement.
Mixing bold, bright colours and patterns with sleek suiting styles is the way to go for men wanting to showcase their individuality at the track. A two-piece, deep blue suit with a sateen finish will look sharp and sophisticated when paired with a pink wide stripe shirt (look for spread and cutaway collars), finished with a yellow carnation lapel pin.
Charcoal suits can be brought to life with a bold blue shirt, a striped tie patterned with hints of red, and red carnation lapel pin that will pick up the colours in the tie and exemplify them.
I can wear this #chambray blazer everyday. Super light weight, and hella cool! #BlakeScott #Dtla #Suited A photo posted by Blake Scott (@blakescott_) on Oct 12, 2015 at 10:32am PDT
Horse racing has its roots in an old-world gentleman’s era. Hence, there is a preppiness associated with turf clubs and racing carnivals that is perfectly suited to gent’s with a more refined and preppy style.
Trackside prep is all about looking like your Astin Martin is parked outside the VIP entrance. This is the perfect time to sport the ‘suit that isn’t a suit,’ pairing slim fit tapered trousers or chinos with a tonal blazer. Look for beige and neutral coloured pants that can be styled with a deep navy blazer, a crisp white shirt and a bold, diagonally striped tie. Adding a pocket square and lapel pin is a refined way to work colour into your look.
The key to mastering the preppy race day look is about tonality. Sticking to a neutral colour palette (beige, navy, white) will keep your look fresh, smart and timeless.
Looking a million dollars at the trackside can only better your chances of actually winning a million dollars or at least making the ‘best dressed’ section of the newspaper. Either way, the key to achieving these goals lies in the suit you choose and how you accessorise it.
For gent’s who like to look sleek and stylish at all times, look for a slim fit, two-piece suit with modern detailing such as double flap pockets on the blazer. Keep it fresh with an oyster grey shirt, wide navy tie and a silky white pocket square to finish. Pairing this look with deep brown, high shine brogues is the perfect way to add a modern, classy appeal to your look.
Playing with darker tones is a contemporary style innovation at the trackside. Look for tapered navy trousers to wear with a deep charcoal blazer, a light blue shirt and a deep burgundy tie to finish. This look is a modern take on a classic heritage style that is both charming and suave.
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