what to wear to the races

How To Stand Out At The Races | The Grand National 2018

What to wear to the races, whether it be the Grand National or Ascot, can be one of the joys and one of stresses of the day. The key is to mix the traditional dress code with individual pieces to create a head-turning look. Here are a few tips and tricks as to how to achieve such an enchanting ensemble…

1. Wear a pocket square
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The races is one place in which flamboyant traditions can be joyously celebrated. One of such accessories is the pocket square. Rather humble in appearance, the pocket square in fact helps to add a touch of brightness and personality. Choose a colour which complements the tone of your suit and highlights a colour featured in your tie. The pattern – that can be as loud or subtle as comfortable. What is for certain, the pocket square will add a flourish to any look, with all of its incarnations certainly drawing attention.

 

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2. Pick a stand-out shade…
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One of the most simple ways in which to stand out in the crowd is, of course, to don a beautifully bright shade. Red is the most perfect choice amongst a sea of white, black and navy dresses. To truly attract attention, dress head-to-toe with matching crimson accessories and then top the look off with a modern pair of classic gold earrings. Drama is an absolute must – in shade, shape and accessories.

To note: a geometric pair of dark sunglasses is the modern alternative to a hat, depending on the particular dress code of your stand.

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3. …or lighten your colour palette
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For the modern man, however, lightening the chosen colour palette is the ideal way in which to combat the usual navy or black suit. Particularly apt for a sunny day, the cream or sandy suit is both classic and unusual. Pair this with complementary derby shoes and a light shirt to complete a look befitting of a gentleman. Smart and different from all of those around, a light colour palette is the perfect way in which to stand out of the races crowd.

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4. Add a modern classic
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By all means a hat is often a necessity for a day at the races. However, they need not be over the top or wildly traditional, in fact, this will merely blend in with the surroundings. Instead, choose a headpiece which is architectural and unexpected. Saint Laurent in particular is has a stunning array of headwear which will turns heads, as it were. To stand out in the racecourse crowd, a modern twist on the most classic of accessories is a must.

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5. Wear a three piece suit
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Just as the hat is a ladies’ race day necessity, a three-piece suit is the men’s equivalent. There are few times in which the full ensemble is absolutely appropriate – the races is one of them. Depending on personal preference, the waistcoat can match with the rest of the suit or not; the rule is simply to ensure that the look remains tonal. Finally, finish this look with an apt slightly-patterned shirt and bright pocket square to do the ensemble justice.

So, how to stand out in the crowd? Be the best dressed there in a fully completed outfit – waistcoat and all.

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6. Mix masculine with feminine
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Furthermore, the suit in itself should not belong solely to the men. Instead, anyone can draw attention by breaking the mould with a touch of androgyny in a look. A sugary pastel, for instance, will perfectly translate this masculine classic into an aptly feminine ensemble. Pearls and the time-honoured blouse should then work as the finishing touches to this masculine-feminine fusion. One can thus be sure to catch any eye with such a modern take on what to wear to the races.

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