Guest Blog – What to wear to the races – A Guys Guide

Guest Blog – What to wear to the races – A Guys Guide

A day at the races is a quintessentially British tradition that we all love. Not only do we get the thrill of placing a bet, the races is a fun way to meet new people and enjoy a refreshing drink or two. Another highlight of the occasion is being able to showcase your sense of style.


It always seems that the ladies take centre stage when it comes to occasion dressing, but the races gives you gents an opportunity to really show off your personalities and experiment with style. If you get this right, you can step out feeling smart and sophisticated, making you a winner before you’ve even had the chance to place a bet!

Whether you opt for classic tweed or a contemporary pattern, this is a great excuse to treat yourself and invest in some timeless items. By selecting pieces that can be worn again to other stylish occasions or be used as go-to separates, you won’t be wasting your money and dressing to impress for your next occasion will be a breeze.

Here’s my ‘guys guide’ to dressing for a day at the races.

Country Classics

Tweed is often the choice of the more mature gentleman and is often seen as the classic racing look. It can be brought up to date with a few simple touches, such as a grey or blue colour if traditional green isn’t your thing. Or, swap the classic tweed for a check, styled with a chino for a more modern and sophisticated edge.


Shop the look…

  • Windowpane Blazer- Ted Baker £149

  • Chinos – French Connection £59

  • Brogues – Grenson at Matches Fashion £220

  • Shirt – Ted Baker £89

  • Panama hat – Christies £109

  • Bow Tie – Ted baker £40

  • Pocket Square – Dunhill £75

City Chic

Bring the style of the city to the racetrack by opting for a double-breasted jacket paired with matching trousers and perfectly polished green or burgundy loafers. This is a thoroughly stylish twist on modern tailoring. Complete the look with a printed silk pocket square and vintage style tiepin to really turn some heads.

Shop the look…..

  • Double breasted jacket £295
  • Trousers £125 both Reiss
  • Burgundy Derby shoe – Church’s £500
Umbrella – Paul Smith £250

  • Double cuff shirt – Hawes & Curtis £49
  • Silk Tie – Ted Baker £55

  • Onyx Cufflinks – Hates & Curtis £29

Colour Confident

Monochromatic pastels are a key summer trend this year. So if you are feeling brave, why not opt for a bold statement and stand out from the crowd with a tonal head to toe pastel outfit? If all one shade is a step too far then you can still give a nod to this look by mixing in classic neutral accessories, such as a grey shoe, tie or pocket square.

Shop the look…

  • Pink Suit – Paul Smith £388
  • White Shirt – Hugo Boss £99
  • Brogues – Paul Smith £325
  • Tie – Hugo Boss £99
  • Belt – Paul Smith – £130

Effortlessly Cool

If formal dressing isn’t your thing, it’s still possible to look laid back but smart when occasion dressing. Linen fabrics offer the perfect balance, but if creasing bothers you, look for cotton or wool blended which helps to keep the fabric stiffer and smarter. Grandad collar shirts are a modern way of styling a suit, giving it that formal but unconventional look. You could replace the jacket for a waistcoat on a warm day – just make sure the race meeting that you are attending doesn’t require a tie and jacket to be worn.

  • Linen/cotton jacket – Jigsaw £100
  • Linen/cotton trousers – Jigsaw £55
  • Japanese cotton Granddad shirt – Jigsaw £68
  • Desert boots – Clarks Originals £100

My Top Race Day Tips

1) When investing in a new suit make sure;

* It fits properly. Think leg & sleeve length, no pulling at the crotch. 

* The colour suits your skin tone. 

* The fabric is appropriate for the season i.e. lighter blends for summer and heavier wool blends 
for winter months. 

* You already have accessories that will compliment the style or add these to your shopping list to 
finish the look. 

2) When working with colour try to stick to just three

The suit being your primary colour, the shirt or shoes as the complimentary and the accessories such as tie the highlight. For example a green suit, tan brogues/belt with a highlight of burgundy for the tie/pocket square. 

3) If wearing new shoes be sure to break them in before the day, there is nothing worse when occasion dressing than painful shoes.

Laura Fawcett is a trained Personal Stylist and Make Up Artist. She works with a wide range of clients across Yorkshire helping them to evolve their style, gain confidence in dressing for different occasions and generally feel great about themselves! For more information on her styling services please visit her website

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