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What to wear to the races

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What to wear to the races

1 March 2018




For a day at the races, the competition doesn't just lie in the horses at the top of your list but also in the way you dress.


While there are different rules depending on the enclosure you’re in and which race day you’re actually attending, there are definitely a few basic guidelines to follow to avoid being looked down on by the rest of the gentlemen in attendance...




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Upgrade your two-piece



Nothing screams smart like a three-piece suit, and the races are the perfect place to test run a waistcoat. Mixing up textures and colours is a great way to add impact to an outfit, and don't be shy to experiment with subtle patterns, like a stripe, too. 

Deconstruct your suit



If you know that you can afford to be a little more casual, try wearing separate suit trousers and jackets to create a whole look. This is a slight upgrade on chinos and a blazer, but is definitely smart enough for certain enclosures at certain races. With spring on the horizon, mix up lighter tones. 

Your shirt matters



If buying a new suit is out of the question, you can make small and subtle upgrades in other areas. Try picking a brilliant shirt as a starting point, and don’t be afraid to play with pattern and colour if the rest of your outfit is fairly neutral in tone.

Find your feet



Footwear is hugely important for a day at the races, for both practicality and style. You can afford to play around a bit when it comes to material and colour, but remember that trainers are an absolute no go. Always pick your suit first and base your footwear on that, opting for suede and leather in different tones.

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