This weekend marks one of the biggest sporting events of the sporting calendar- the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. Established in 1839 it is steeped in heritage and tradition, and over the years has become as famous as a showcase for spectator style as much as for the competition itself. We all hear no end of the outfit triumphs (and disasters) of Ladies Day, but with firmer roots in classic tailoring and heritage style the sharp menswear is often overlooked. At Racing Green we’ve put together a style guide for this year’s racegoers, so that by the time the headline event- The Grand National itself- is underway it will be the men that take the lead in the style stakes.
Key Outfit Pieces
The Tailored Three-Piece Suit
Essential in any man’s wardrobe is a well fitted (preferably tailored) three-piece suit. A classic and elegant silhouette is the single breasted jacket with 2 buttons, and for even more versatility go for a navy shade - it will be on-trend season after season so has great investment-piece potential. For a heritage-inspired look for the races, you could try a subtle blue checked suit , which looks great combined with a floral tie and pocket square to complete the look. And never be afraid to shy away from brighter shades of blue , which have been growing in popularity over the past few seasons.
The Textured Blazer
If the three piece suit is too much for your style, try a textured wool, cotton or linen blend blazer, perfect for outdoor summer events. Some of ours come with a range of matching waistcoats and trousers which can be worn together or mix-and-matched with casual pieces. For the races, combine yours with a different colour chino for a timeless sporting look.
According to the best dress code guides, jeans and shorts just won’t cut it for Aintree’s racing events. Dress trousers and chinos are the recommended options. Sand, beige and navy are classic chino shades that can be worn with almost all colours, however ‘formal but fun’ is the idea at the races, so you could even try some brighter seasonal colours, such as our green eggshell version. Our Racing Green Bridge Chino (shown above) is coming soon online. Keep the fit on the slimmer side, and though they look great with casual converse, smart leather shoes are a must for the races.
Brown Leather Shoes
Though occasionally a suit may demand black shoes, at Aintree brown leather really rules the day. It is surprisingly versatile, and also has that rustic heritage effect that defines outdoor sporting event style. Try our bestselling Ferguson Leather Brogue in classic brown or anon-trend warm oxblood shade to stand out from the crowd.
Ties and Pocket Squares
Accessories are the most important element of any impeccable outfit. Whilst the ladies have their (often outrageous) hats, male accessorising at the races take a subtler approach, with roots in preppy style. Tonal tie and shirt combinations have been popular this season (think the same colour, different textures). Another huge trend this year in menswear is florals. Don’t panic! This isn’t a head-to-toe look. Introduce some summery micro florals to your sharp ensemble with our heritage-inspired printed tie and pocket square sets .
Key Menswear Style Tips to Remember At The Races
1. Keep in mind that less is more- concentrate on a good fit and an eye for detail. If you go for a bold check trouser keep the rest of the look clean and tonal.
2. Don’t fasten more than one button on your jacket; if it has two button fastenings, button the top one, if it has three, button the middle one.
3. Show a little shirt cuff below the sleeve of your jacket.
4. Be braver with colours than you might normally be- this is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your style.
5. Ensure that your tie isn’t too long or too short- a length just above the waist is perfect.
6. Match your belt to your shoes for a well-rounded sartorial look.