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The Spring Races: one of the few times Australian men can comfortably parade around like peacocks and their flamboyancy and individualism will be encouraged instead of sniggered at. From the safe to the risqué, we talk you through the trends and must-own separates that will have you winning the style stakes (and hopefully some bets as well)!
Trusted Colour Trends To Follow
Blue is the colour to choose again this season, with brighter, bolder shades dominating the catwalks whilst maintaining a masculine elegance. From royal blue accessories to head-to-toe blue ensembles, your racing outfit will be bang on trend if you stick with this crucial colour and use it as a base for your outfit.
The African island-inspired trend was evident across recent menswear shows. Oranges, greens and browns were everywhere this season – available in travel themed, utility styled separates and more tailored casual suits.
Key Wardrobe Items For Spring Racing
For the blazers, double-breasted is the way forward in a neutral summer shade of blue or cream. Opt for the classic 6-button design and wear with a darker colour trouser. Bear in mind this style is more suited to the lean and athletic body types. For the heavy set among us, invest in the seasonal must-have item – a statement coloured blazer. Purple, blue or even a pastel green or orange will really make your outfit stand out. Again, teaming it with a subdued, darker colour on your bottom half works best. The statement jacket should be bold in colour and complemented with neutral shades on all other items of the outfit.
There is a lot of choice with trousers this season. Remember these three simple things to get your best racing look: straight leg, lightweight, muted. Classic silhouettes in darker or muted shades against brighter or coloured top halves work best. Go for a lightweight cotton material for comfort and mobility. They should cut just at the ankle or have a turn up similar to those that plastered the runway shows. For the brave few out there, experiment with a Prince of Wales check trouser, again in a flattering tailored cut and muted tone.
Shirts should be long sleeve in breathable, light cottons and linens. Spread collars are the style of choice on the runways. They’re also perfect for pairing with ties and for relaxed smart occasions such as the races.
There are the obvious block colour options – with white being most popular – but there are some true contenders this year with blue, lilac and even pink pastel shades dominating the catwalks. Key patterns for the season are pinstripes and gingham, but only wear them if your blazer is simple in cut and colour.
When you walk up to collect your winnings, your shoes need to look a lot more refined and classy than the well-earned smug look that will be plastered across your face. Go with this season’s double buckle monk strap or tassel loafer. These are the most style-driven of the season’s options, and versatile enough to be paired with lots of colours and fabrics. Try light navy and oak brown shades and you will struggle to go wrong.
If there were only one item you could wear to the races, it would be the pocket square. Yes, you would turn a few heads and probably be asked to leave by security if you turned up only wearing this, but naked with pocket square is much more socially acceptable than fully dressed and no pocket square. This item is not negotiable!
Try incorporating a cheeky use of colour or a bold print with this accessory to draw the eye. Ties are another staple; knitted silk and bold striped ties are the perfect spring outfit accompaniment. A subtle print or colour flash in the sock is another on-trend technique to make the look really stand out. It’s all about those finishing touches!
So once you have your double-breasted blazer, spread collar cotton shirt, tailored straight leg trousers, monk straps, and of course, pocket square, all that’s left is to win big!
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