If you’ve ever wanted a foolproof guide to the do’s and don’ts of dressing for the races, look no further. These easy-to-follow tips for getting men’s racewear right will save you time, and trouble, when you’re putting together your outfit – or looking to up the ante in the fashion stakes – for raceday.
Get the right fit
It doesn’t matter how expensive your suit is, if it doesn’t fit right, you’ll still look like a slob. When buying a suit, make sure you’re fitted with the right cut for your size and body shape. After buying off-the-rack, don’t be afraid to take it to a tailor to make the necessary adjustments to achieve a perfect fit.
So fresh and so clean
Studies show that if you start your race day clean and well groomed, you’re less likely to end your day smelling like stale beer and gambling debt.
For the most part, keep your accessories simple and subdued, but don’t be afraid to add a little flair with items like patterned pocket squares, bold socks and lapel flowers.
Shoe game strong
You’re not in the office anymore, it’s race day! The perfect occasion to bust out the brogues, double monks or penny loafers. Browns, dark burgundies are the perfect compliment for a grey, blue or navy suits.
Frankie says relax
Money can’t buy swagger, but a good watch can help. You’re there to have fun so no matter what garb you’re sporting, just keep it chill and have a good time.
Remember you’re spectator at horse race, not a cyclist in a velodrome. Any eyewear that was designed with an advanced aerodynamic frame, should not be worn to the races.
Never show up looking like a kid who borrowed his dad’s suit for a dress-up party.
A lot of people say that you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. If your shoes have a broad square toe, it suggests you need to get your life in order. If your shoes are dirty, it shows you lack self respect. Unless you’ve won a Grammy, sneakers are a big no-no.
Never wear satin, always opt for real silk. Nothing you wear should resemble the bed sheets of a budget hotel’s fantasy suite.
Just because The Simpsons is your favourite TV show it doesn’t mean you need to wear Homer around your neck.