Fashion tips for men - a day at the races
PUBLISHED: 12:46 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:07 26 July 2019
York’s showcase Ebor Festival in York is a must for anyone who likes horse racing and fashion. Time for guys to get the outfit right
Making sure your menswear outfit is right for the race day dress code is crucial. A man in the know is Christopher Legard, from menswear retailer Joseph Turner. He shares his fashion tips for male attendees.
'Whether it's your first time attending or you just fancy shaking up your style this season, I've put together a basic style guide for race-going gentlemen who want to perfect their look', says Christopher.
'There are a lot of options out there in terms of menswear, and a day at the races is a great excuse to have some fun with them'.
Is there dress code?
Check what kind of ticket you have as there's one enclosure with a compulsory formal dress code: The County Stand. Men are expected to wear a jacket, collared shirt, and tie so, if you have a ticket for this enclosure, you'll have to stick to this dress code. If your ticket is for anywhere else in the grounds, you can wear what you like — even fancy dress!
The right fit
Most of the men at York Races will be wearing a suit, whether it's a casual linen, a country-style tweed, or a lightweight polyester. The secret to wearing any suit lies in its fit: not too baggy, not too tight. Getting yourself measured for a suit will always guarantee a great fit, but nowadays there are plenty of decent quality off-the-peg alternatives - you just need to choose the best fit. Here's what to look out for if you'll be buying a suit off the rack:
- Shoulders: The shoulders of the suit jacket should end where yours do, not be longer or shorter.
- Chest: You should be able to slide your hand in between your jacket and your chest buttoned up. If you can't, your suit is too small.
- Buttons: The buttons should lie flat against your body and there should be no pulling of the material around them.
- Length: Your sleeves should end where your thumb meets your wrist, the bottom of your jacket should end at your top trouser pocket, and your trouser legs should just cover the top of your shoes.
York Races is the perfect place to try out a few quirky styles, especially given the lack of an official dress code. For example, wearing a polka dot shirt with pinstripe suit is normally considered a faux pas in menswear - but at York Races it's simply a bolder, more extravagant look.
Look for accessories such as ties, bow ties, and pocket squares to really elevate your style. A general rule of thumb is to avoid wearing a lot of matching colours and to go for complementary hues instead. It's also a good idea to add some metallic accents to your outfit for a luxurious quality. If jewellery such as chains and watches aren't your thing, you can try tie clips and lapel pins for the same effect.
The tips in this guide should help you plan your outfit for York Races this summer. There's a lot of options out there in terms of menswear, and a day at the races is a great excuse to have some fun with them.
"Making sure your menswear outfit is right for the race day dress code is crucial. A man in the know is Christopher Legard, from menswear retailer Joseph Turner. He shares his fashion tips for male attendees."