With Spring Racing carnivals just around the corner in Oz, it might be time to think about hitting the shops and refreshing your wardrobe, instead of dusting off last year’s powder blue blazer (again).
Shopping, however, is a word that spooks enough guys to warrant doing as little of it as possible. Which is why you need more Mr Porter in your life.
Spring racing is the ultimate opportunity to peacock without fear of judgement, and each time it rolls around should be seen as such. Setting yourself apart from the pack in a sea of navy suits might sound like an easy task, but making sure that every single item in your outfit matches every other element is just as important.
Mr Porter, the online shopping portal for menswear galore, has coordinated a selection of suits, shirts, and all the trimmings, to make rocking the perfect look this racing season as easy as possible. We put together our own list of outfits from their huge selection and have them here for you below, to ensure that whether you’re spending a whole day winning champagne money, or backing the last runner, you’ll look bloody good in the process.
Beige (But Not Boring)
Beige gets a bad rap. Synonymous with “safe” or “boring”, the inoffensive hue is known as a favourite for pensioners’ living rooms and car companies who seem hate their customers. This reputation, however, is easily debunked with a fitted beige suit and the right accoutrement to make a bold statement that’s as gentlemanly as it is dashing. Darker, chololatey brown tones are perfect, as well as a crisp white shirt with French cuffs, to help add a slightly more formal element to the traditionally casual colour.
Finish off with a watch that’s as fresh and modern as it is traditional in styling and you’ve got yourself a trackside outfit worthy of whichever day you plan to visit.
KINGSMAN Eggsy’s Beige Herringbone Cotton Suit Jacket (AUD $1,609)
KINGSMAN Eggsy’s Beige Slim-Fit Herringbone Cotton Suit Trousers (AUD $486)
TOM FORD White Slim-Fit Bib-Front Double-Cuff Cotton Tuxedo Shirt (AUD $539)
DRAKE’S 8cm Polka-Dot Silk-Jacquard Tie (AUD $207)
BORSALINO Grosgrain-Trimmed Straw Panama Hat (AUD $351)
GEORGE CLEVERLEY George Full-Grain Leather Penny Loafers (AUD $682)
MOSCOT Zev Round-Frame Gold-Tone Titanium Sunglasses (AUD $553)
DUNHILL AD Ellipse Engraved Silver-Tone Cufflinks (AUD $226)
TAG HEUER Autavia Automatic Chronograph 42mm Polished-Steel And Leather (AUD $6,390)
The English Dandy
Breaking free from the boring blue suit without losing the colour; a double-breasted, light-coloured blazer and a splash of blue in different shades throughout an outfit can make for a great spring racing carnival look. With classic elements pulled straight from the dandy’s handbook, mixing and matching varied hues and adding some pinstripes to the look creates an outfit that’ll put you across the line first, no matter where your horse comes.
Round sunnies and a patterned pocket square help add to the old-timey vibe of this classic look, which is made for spring.
HUSBANDS Cream Slim-Fit Pinstriped Double-Breasted Wool Blazer (AUD $1,709)
CANALI Navy Slim-Fit Stretch-Wool Trousers (AUD $446)
LOCK & CO HATTERS Grosgrain-Trimmed Straw Panama Hat (AUD $438)
OLIVER PEOPLES O’Malley Round-Frame Acetate Polarised Sunglasses (AUD $520)
DOLCE & GABBANA Paisley-Print Silk-Twill Pocket Square (AUD $146)
TOM FORD Light-Blue Slim-Fit Cotton-Poplin Shirt (AUD $563)
POLO RALPH LAUREN 8cm Checked Linen Tie (AUD $150)
Be Seen in Green
Green is a colour seldom done well by blokes, but with a little care and attention to detail, it can look great for a slightly more casual (yet-still-formal-enough-for-the-members’-stand) spring racing outfit (it is all about the turf after all, right?)
Drawstring white trousers, an unstructured jacket and no-nonsense, classic loafers all help keep this outfit comfortable while the accessories do all the talking. Between flash shades, a silk tie from Zegna and a shock of white in your front pocket, you’ll tick every box on the dress code list without feeling like you’re dressed as a penguin all day long.
BOGLIOLI Green Slim-Fit Unstructured Linen Suit Jacket (AUD $982)
SALLE PRIVÉE White Evron Slim-Fit Cutaway-Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt (AUD $380)
120% Slim-Fit Linen Drawstring Trousers (AUD $281)
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA 7cm Striped Textured-Silk Tie (AUD $303)
EMMA WILLIS Contrast-Tipped Silk-Twill Pocket Square (AUD $106)
GUCCI Easy Roos Horsebit Collapsible-Heel Leather Loafers (AUD $723)
OLIVER PEOPLES Round-Frame Acetate And Silver-Tone Polarised Sunglasses (AUD $520)