Whether you’re attending the Caufield Cup, The Cox Plate, the Melbourne Cup or even the Australian Turb Club’s Epsom Day, then you’ll need to look your very best.
Let’s start with suits – what makes a good racing suit? First of all, all men should wear suits to the races. No sports coasts with trousers or chinos, and if you really want to make an effort, don’t just wear your business suit to the races. There’s a distinct difference between a suit you wear to work and one you wear to the races. Take your style inspiration from the Italians, who are all about Sprezzatura, which is about looking stylishly nonchalant or effortless. This means choosing suits that are elegant but comfortable, especially for Spring racing where you are in a suit all day, so look for suits that are unlined, made of linen or wool-linen blends. They tend to feel lighter and unstructured as the idea is to not look too constricted or rigid. Brands like Canali and Pal Zileri offer great options.
How do you know when a suit fits right? For Spring racing, look to the shoulders. The jacket should rest on the shoulders with a good drape through the rest of the body. The waist should be slightly tapered but not fitted, and always make sure there’s no pulling in the fabric. Pants should sit on the waist, not the hips. Many men wear their pants too low, a man’s waist is generally four fingers below their belly button.
What colours should you go for? Your go-to black and charcoal suits aren’t really summer-friendly. Dark colours retain heat – which you are trying to escape in the first place, and don’t look harmonious with the colours of Spring and Summer. Instead, look towards the lighter shades of blue and grey, and earthier tones like soft browns if you can find them, as well as heavily patterned light suits.
Rules with accessorising? A good rule for deciding the size of your tie is to match its blade with the width of your suit’s lapel. This creates a nice balance to your overall look. Try to also pick a tie with an accent colour of motif that complements your suit. Pocket squares shouldn’t match the tie exactly, but provide a nice contrast. Overall you should focus on creating an ensemble where all elements fit together but not match each other.
A final tip – always ensure your shoes are nicely polished.
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