Don’t let the formal dress codes of race season cause confusion, our ‘Off To The Races’ fashion feature is a lesson in trackside elegance and style.
OFF TO THE RACES
From iconic tailoring to directional styling, discover our sartorial cues for race season.
A grey three piece suit worn with a tie adheres to the most formal dress codes.
THE MAGIC NUMBER
Embrace race season’s formality by opting for a full three piece suit.
HIP TO BE SQUARE
Add sartorial intrigue to your look by opting for a subtly checked fabric.
A FINE FLOURISH
Opt for a fine silken pocket square to add a fashionable finishing flourish to your outfit.
IN THE SHADE
Add a pair of iconic shades to keep your cool under the sun’s beaming rays.
A day at the races is one of the English summer season’s most fondly-revered events, and rightly so. There’s the endlessly flowing champagne, the chance to have flutter on the horses and the opportunity to dress from top-to-toe in fine tailoring.
For those heading to the Royal Ascot, the sartorial stakes are high, so adhere to the event’s stated dress codes. This means that for those who will be mingling in the Royal Enclosure, a black or grey suit must be worn (including a waistcoat) alongside a tie – cravats are not permitted. For your feet only black shoes will do, and a hat must also be worn inside the Royal Enclosure.
In the Grandstand rules are less prescriptive; here appropriate dress consists of a suit, shirt and tie. It’s a chance to be slightly more experimental, while of course retaining good taste.
For suited style with a little sartorial intrigue, we suggest subtle checks, a double breasted jacket, or alternatively layer cream and stone hues. Try a pocket square for a fine finishing flourish, but when it comes to accessorising think pared-back, at the races less is more.