Spring racing season is nearly here, but even if you're not the gambling type, that doesn't mean you should miss out on the fun. After all, racing carnival isn't actually about the horses – it's really all about the fashion. While women have typically been the focus in the past, men are paying more attention to getting their race day attire just right. Here's how to make sure you’re looking like winner.
The main stumbling block for a lot of men is it can seem like there isn't a lot of room to move. A suit is a suit, right? Well, not exactly. Colour is a huge trend this racing season and a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd.
But that doesn't mean turning up to the track in a bright pink ensemble. We're talking subtler suiting – shades like chalk, deep red or blues that go beyond your typical navy colours. They not only help you stand out from the pack, but will also stop you looking like you've just come straight from the office.
So to the rest of your outfit. When it comes to shirting, feel free to have a bit of fun, and although you want to look smart, don't forget you’re there to have a good time. While you don't want to go overboard, playing with patterns and prints will help give your outfit a bit of extra personality, and works really well with a coloured suit.
With ties, go for something you might not usually wear in your day job – so again colour, prints, stripes and knitted varieties all work really well. Just make sure there isn't too much going on, so if your shirt's busy, keep the tie simple and vice versa. Get yourself a new belt and invest in a quality pair of shoes – you can't go wrong with classic styles like lace-ups or brogues in black or brown.
Racing season is your chance to put in a bit of extra effort with your outfit. Now you've got your nice new suit, shirt and shoes sorted, let's move onto the finer details. Often overlooked accessories like tiepins, pocket squares and even flower pins help add the finishing touches to your look and turn a good outfit into a great one.