A day at the races is cool for all kinds of reasons. The thrill of the flutter. The complete awayday atmosphere. Time spent with your mates. And the opportunity to break out your finest threads without the hassle of a wedding or black-tie affair. But if you’ve not been before, it’s not always obvious what you should wear. Worry not; Twisted Tailor see get you fittingly attired in no time.
How to dress for a day at the races
Black or grey on black
Whatever the occasion, black will always work. Race day is no exception. The only trick is to avoid looking like the waiting staff. Anything else goes. So, mix up black shirt and suit trouser combo with a slim fit charcoal grey Cranbrook jacket or a Leigh champagne bonded lace blazer. Or bring a classic skinny fit black suit, like the Ellroy, to life with a floral print shirt. Either option is failsafe.
While racing happens all year round, it’s in the spring and summer that the major race days take place. So, pastels, pinks, stones, baby blues and all the softer shades make for a stand-out aesthetic. The Shades linen suit in pink with a plain white shirt looks cool and sophisticated. But it won’t be for everyone. Not confident that you can pull off all over pink with panache? Why not try a more traditional race day look and pair dark trousers with a pale pink, blue or tan blazer? Add in a plain white shirt, coordinate your tie with your trousers and the job’s a good’n.
Check it out
Whether you go for a bold blue, like the Barnstable suit, or a more understated tan like the Neston, a check suit will always hold its own on race day. Wear with a plain or contrasting collar shirt, minimise the accessories and shine your shoes. And you’re guaranteed to look the part.
Blue is in everywhere and everyway at the moment. So, if you’re wearing a blue suit, you can’t go wrong. The Hadleigh slim fit blue pinstripe can be dressed up or down according to your preference. Wear with boots and a penny collar shirt for a vintage look with attitude. Or go for a more relaxed and modern feel with an open collar plain white shirt. Looking for something simpler? Try the Ellroy skinny fit three piece suit in navy or royal blue. Either option delivers uncomplicated style.
Unless you happen to be a jockey, owner or trainer, race days are as much about fashion as they are about horses. Impeccable styling is essential. But there’s no rule saying that you can’t do it your way.