It’s nearly that time of year again. The ladies will be donning their fascinators and the fellas will be dusting off their best suits as we all prepare for the race that stops a nation. The Melbourne Cup, and all the other racing events that take place throughout spring, provide the best time to step it up a notch in the sartorial department.
To celebrate, we decided it was time to bring you a men’s guide to spring racing. So saddle up, guys.
When it comes to choosing the right suit for the races, don’t be afraid to experiment with prints and colours. Opt for suits in all shades of blue, or, for a bolder approach, styles in bullish patterns like Prince of Wales and windowpane checks.
If you want to raise the stakes even higher, take a Great Gatsby-esque approach with dashing tailored separates. If you’re going for a striking suit, we’d suggest paring it back by wearing a relatively plain shirt and tie.
If you’re not feeling as brave in the suit department, why not make a bold style statement trackside with your choice of shirt? A bright shade will complement a navy suit perfectly, whether plain or featuring a striped or polka dot pattern.
For a more refined approach, opt for a crisp white shirt teamed with a black suit, bowtie and shoes. Wearing a tie and double-down on the fundamentals: crisp white shirt, tie bars, pocket squares and cufflinks. Which brings us on to those all-important final touches.
Spring racing is all about going the extra mile, which is why your footwear and accessories are so important. A perforated pair of brown leather brogues will see you cut a dash in an inky-blue suit, while a pair of tasselled slip-on loafers are perfect for when you lose the socks and roll up you’re the cuffs of your trousers.
Want to be a man of difference? Sub out that tie for a classical bow tie. No longer reserved simply for mad professors, the bow tie is a quirky but elegant option for the man not wanting to blend in.