To celebrate our collection with The Jockey Club, we've pulled together a series of guides for dressing for the races.
SHOULD YOU WEAR A TIE TO THE RACES?
So should you wear a tie when you have a day at the races? Well, the dress code no longer says you have to wear one, it's not stipulated anymore, so it's a matter of personal choice.
Personally, I like to wear a tie. I think it finishes the outfit off nicely, it shows respect for the occasion and for your friends that you're here with. The type of tie is important; go for something in a country sort of look, maybe like a shantung or a woollen tie, maybe a knitted tie. Ties to avoid would be the woven ties you might wear for a wedding and certainly avoid the simple print ties you'd wear for work; keep those for the office.
SHOULD YOU WEAR A POCKET SQUARE TO THE RACES?
A trip to the races is a really good opportunity to wear a great pocket square even if you're not used to wearing them perhaps for your work or your business environment. It's an opportunity to be a bit more dressed up, a bit more festive in the way you're put together.
Of course, you should coordinate your outfits, so maybe in summer, you want to wear lighter ones, perhaps consider linen. In winter, go for darker ones. So, maybe complement your tweed suit. Bear in mind they should never match your tie but complement it.
Another thing to consider is if you're going to a less formal event and you want to dress without a tie, still wear your pocket square. A pocket square is a great way of just showing a little bit of attention to detail, to look a bit more dressed up, a bit more finished without having to be overly formal.