Mens Suits Guide – A Day at the Races

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There’s a rather large chance that you will be spending a great deal of your time outside and standing on your feet. This immediately means that you’ll need to do your best to wear a suit that keeps you comfortable, regardless of the weather that comes your way.

The following advice will be inappropriate if you have tickets to gain admission to specific areas at race events such as Ascot or Epsom, in which case you would be best served checking the official sites (or contacting the organisers) for what is exactly appropriate for you to wear. And finally, if you’re unsure of whether your outfit will be allowed at the race meet you are attending, contact the race organisers before hand. If you’re dressed inappropriately for the area you have tickets for then they organisers will have the right to refuse you entry.

Full suit or blazer?

Correct dress code for quite a few races stipulate that you need to wear a suit jacket, a shirt with a collar and a tie and there are outright bans on denim and trainers at some races. These strict dress codes often come into force if you have tickets that allow you access to facilities such as VIP areas or you wish to enter restaurant facilities.

Solving the issue of how quite to meet the requirement of a suit jacket, shirt and tie would seem easy, but you need to decide whether you will be going for a two or three piece suit or a blazer jacket and a pair of differently coloured trousers.

A Suit

As this is meant to be a fun event, you have every right to avoid a suit you would normally wear for business purposes, just so long as a matching suit jacket and trousers are involved. Along side the business acceptable shades of grey, charcoal or navy and their pinstripe incarnations, you could go for a suit in a shade of brown or a blue that’s lighter than navy. If you suspect that you will be spending time going between exclusive areas and outside, and the weather is going to be chill, invest in a waistcoat for an added layer.

The suit can be paired with a white shirt, a formal one that needs cufflinks, however a patterned shirt or one in a different colour, such as blue or a pastel colour, would look equally as suited in this situation. Remember that the tie you wear should be a different colour to your shirt and suit. It would certainly be reasonable to wear a pocket square of similar colourings to your tie in the front pocket of your suit jacket.

A Blazer

This pairing involves a more traditionally coloured navy blazer paired with trousers that go towards a more beige or mustard colour. While corduroys of the right colour would go well with this look, it would be even better to wear either Moleskin or Chinos.

With this mix of colours going on, the outfit works far better with a white shirt. Pairing the shirt up with a tie that is a mixture of colours and patterned will really help to set this look. Also, implementing a pocket square that shares colours present in the handkerchief would work very well.


If the dress-code calls for laced leather shoes or boots, then obviously choose a style that has laces. If you have freedom of choice on what to wear on your feet, so long as it’s not a pair of trainers, then choose a style of boot such as the Chelsea or Torino. The colour is dependent on the shade of trousers you will be wearing: greys and blues need black leather; browns, beige and mustard need brown leather.

Why a boot? Should you feel inclined to walk on any grass during your race experience, there is a chance that the ground will be wet. While your boots may unfortunately become grassy or slightly muddy, the high sides of a boot will stop such annoyances reaching your socks. On a final note, ensure your socks match the colour of your trousers and that your belt, leather of course, matches the colour of your shoes.

write by Dermot

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