Style stakes: what to wear to the races

Women’s fashion all through the British horseracing season often receives a ton of attention, generally of the detrimental sort. At Aintree not too long ago, I did see some riotously dressed — and pretty undressed — women of all ages. But the bulk seemed to understand the essentials of raceday dressing: posh frock, jumpsuit or trouser fit fancy footwear a hat or some variety of hair decoration.

It was the males who had me concerned, specifically the younger kinds. Every little thing was way too small. There ended up a whole lot of shrunken shiny suits flimsy, way too-tight sports activities jackets stretchy chino trousers with back pockets distorted by phones and cumbersome wallets sockless feet and skimpy brown sneakers revealing shocks of white ankle and calf. Very normally these garments were topped with a flat tweed cap. The general impact was the Peaky Blinders on an awayday to the seaside.

Was this difficulty special to Aintree? Was I staying unfair? “Oh no,” says Christopher Modoo, a menswear stylist and previous trend editor of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine. “It’s a countrywide embarrassment. The past time I went to Cheltenham, I was stunned by what I was looking at — partly the conduct, but largely for the reason that of the garments.”

The prevalent casualisation of costume — accelerated by the pandemic — goes some way to explaining this. Lots of younger guys have used their lives in sweatpants, from toddler age onwards, necessary to brush up for only a handful of situations, the key a single remaining the university prom. “There are a lot of young men at the races who are in fact wearing their prom suits,” claims Modoo. “That’s due to the fact suiting is now a fringe supplying. In the 1980s and ’90s, each shop in the significant street offered fits, but now streetwear has taken above. The only suits that make revenue are prom fits, so young men are putting on these schoolboy outfits to each and every situation going ahead.”

Young men in suits look towards a racecourse, with the stands behind them
Suiting is now a fringe featuring, top many young men to use their promenade fits to the races © Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

But at Aintree even older men were flashing their calves, trouser cloth straining more than cumbersome thighs. “The much too-smaller glimpse has been about for 10 or 15 years. Ahead of that adult men constantly wore their suiting way too huge, now it’s also restricted,” states men’s fashion journalist Alfred Tong, the only male of my acquaintance with a private tailor. “It’s a variety of bastardised Thom Browne meets Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent. Topman was pushing it for a long time and it is even now all in excess of the large avenue.”

So, if you’re a guy who needs to break free of charge from the group with a new raceday seem, 1 that will get you to Royal Ascot in June and to summertime weddings and functions in the upcoming, what ought to you wear and where by need to you go to discover it?

Tong states he would opt for different tailored parts in a linen-silk mix: an unstructured blue or Prince of Wales test blazer, worn with trousers in a prosperous beige — “a marginally broader trouser with a turn-up, worn bigger on the waistline, with side fasteners, not a belt”. He likes a significant-collared shirt, linen safari shirts with two pockets or a collared knit T-shirt.

A men’s jacket in Prince of Wales check
Rampley & Co Prince of Wales superfine wool jacket, £895,
Men’s jacket in tan double-check
Oliver Brown Eaton jacket, £375,

He recommends his tailor, Adrian Holdsworth of Volpe Sartoriale, for this kind of parts. “You’re calculated in the British isles but it’s all produced in Italy. Not cheap but improved worth than Loro Piana and Brunello Cucinelli. Satisfies are £2,000 as opposed to £6,000.” Button-by means of shirts in merino wool are £210 (

Tong is also a admirer of the much more affordable Oliver Brown. “It’s classy Sloane stuff, not far too frumpy or dowdy. They provide a lot of summertime tailoring.” The Oliver Brown Eaton jacket in honey-colored double-look at linen is £375 ( There is also a use company for Royal Ascot morning dress in and top hats.

A blue polka dot pocket square
M&S pure linen polka-dot pocket sq., £12.50,
an orange-brown tie with small patterns
Hermès colourful Bounce tie, £180,

Catherine Hayward, a style editor and stylist to famous people such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Cillian Murphy, is enthusiastic about Favourbrook, an official licensee of Royal Ascot and as these types of properly acquainted with the occasion’s gown codes — the model won’t enable you make a sartorial clanger. For far more experimental and great tailoring with tons of color, she suggests Drake’s, which has merchants in London, New York, Tokyo and Seoul.

For adult men who want to get 1 thing that will see them via distinct summer time events this yr and outside of, she advises a light-weight, navy-blue, single-breasted suit — whether from Savile Row or the high street. “A frequent misunderstanding amid males is that a suit is likely to be hot, but that is not the case with a lighter-fat wool, particularly a merino. And a high-twist wool won’t crease either,” she suggests. “Check whether or not it’s lined, 50 percent-lined or not lined at all.” The considerably less lining it has, the cooler a match will be.

The shorter trouser is continue to the fashionable lower. “If you have bought nice brown ankles, show them off. If not, put on a skinny sock. When I’m styling for the crimson carpet I go to Marks and Spencer and buy packs of thin ribbed lambswool or cotton. Get kinds that go correct up to the knee so there is no gap.” A a few-pack of the brand’s lambswool clever socks is £15 (

Get worried the shorter minimize is not flattering to your create? A extended length is not unlawful. “You just never want tons of cloth pooling around your shoe. It need to rest on the shoe or have a slight, light split,” suggests Hayward.

Stylist Modoo encourages adult men to go outside of their typical accommodate and delight in the prospect of dressing in a different way he likes to increase to a racing occasion with tweed. He endorses Oliver Brown and Alan Paine, the state clothing store, the place tweed blazers are priced at all over £300 ( kingdom). For far more calm Italian-design and style blazers, he indicates Rampley & Co (

“You’re not likely to the workplace, you are not showing up in courtroom,” he says. “It’s the possibility to dress in a little something you don’t dress in every working day.”

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