A guy’s guide to dressing for the races

31st October, 2019

When it comes to spring racing what men wear trackside also comes with its own set of guidelines, much like it does for the ladies. Whilst sticking to the dress code of each day is key, there are a few important things that should be kept top of mind to ensure that you look dapper on the day.

A well-fitting suit

There’s no doubt that a suit is the most stylish option for men attending the races. However if the fit isn’t quite right, whether it’s the fact the sleeves are too long or the pants haven’t been cuffed correctly or the jacket’s too big or too tight, these little things can all ruin the overall effect. So it’s important to go to the extra effort to tailor a suit perfectly. And the great thing about suits is that they can be worn time and time again so it’s worth investing in one that fits like a dream.

Attention to detail

I think the little touches can make all the difference between a good look and a great look. Pay attention to the small details like wearing a tie and a matching pocket square, stylish cufflinks and quality shoes. And a good looking timepiece also never goes astray.

Shine your shoes

One of the things that can really let a look down is if your shoes aren’t up to scratch. If you’re wearing a beautiful suit but your shoes are scuffed and dirty it will ruin the overall effect. So spend a few minutes polishing your shoes and giving them a good clean to ensure they’re presentable.

Respect the dress code of each day

Whilst men have a little more freedom when it comes to dress codes it’s also important to adhere to the rules of each day. For example some events may let you in without socks, but others require that you definitely have on a pair. It’s worth checking beforehand to ensure that you’re not caught out on the day. Also there are certain flowers that go with each race day during spring carnival such as wearing a cornflower on Derby Day and a yellow rose on Melbourne Cup Day. It’s a nice touch and is respectful of the event.

Good grooming

Look sharp from head to toe by ensuring you’re well groomed. This means having a shave beforehand or if you’re rocking a beard, making sure it looks neat and presentable. When it comes to hair keep your ‘do tidy and you’ll look perfectly dapper.

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