The Man’s Guide to What to Wear to the Races

Our social events and ladies’ days are famous for the flamboyant and colourful style which the ladies bring to each race day but in terms of men’s style we’ve taken advice from our fashion partner Remus Uomo on what men should wear to the races.
Down Royal is a relatively relaxed course in terms of how ‘formal’ men should dress for their day at the races. As a rule, if you are attending as a guest in one of our hospitality suites the dress code is more formal but as a general admission visitor, smart casual is perfectly acceptable. However, whether it’s formal or smart casual, you should always dress to impress!
Typically at our spring and summer events men are bold and forthright with their style choices and with their use of colour. So don’t be afraid to make a style statement, our events are as much about celebration, fun and socialising as they are racing!
What is smart casual?
Smart casual isn’t a straightforward dress code – it’s a spectrum of outfitting which can be hard to gauge for the uninitiated.
Here are three ways to wear smart casual thanks to our friends at Remus Uomo Victoria Square.

The Dressed Down Suit

On the edge between formal and smart-casual, this look dresses the look down by dropping the waistcoat and pairing with either knitwear or, one of this season’s trends – a bold print shirt.

the dress down suit

The Timeless Blazer

A timeless windowpane check blazer is an essential item in every man’s wardrobe and this stone grey jacket with feature lightweight construction is an ideal choice. A retro-inspired navy tee with feature tipping at the collar and a pair of blue chinos makes for a subtle statement outfit.

The Timeless Blazer

The Casual Racegoer

The addition of denim can veer your look towards the most casual of styles but if you stick to a slim or straight leg jean with minimal blasting i.e. a relatively plain and even colour across the entire jean and pair it with a piece of neat tailoring – this look can still be smart. Pair with a casual shirt, lightweight vertical stripe jacket and plain (importantly, unbranded) sneakers.
As a rule of thumb – sportswear, running shoes, distressed denim, loud graphic or slogan tees or (heaven forbid!) bootcut jeans are a no-no when it comes to smart-casual.

The casual racegoer

What is formal?

The lines between casual, smart casual and formal are continually blurring but in general formalwear refers to suiting for men. A suit can be worn with an open collar shirt or a pair of trainers in a more casual style but for a formal look (which you’d require for the hospitality areas at Down Royal) you should think of a full formal outfit being suit jacket, trouser, optional waistcoat, formal shirt and tie.
As we mentioned above race-day style is all about making a statement, so use this as your chance to really show off your style and opt for something bolder and brighter than you might normally wear.
This season see the introduction of a range of pastel coloured suits at Remus Uomo, available in co-ordinating sets of plain and patterned fabrics to allow the wearer to make an individual style statement.

The Style Adventurer

Try soft pink suiting with a contrast check waistcoat and pair with a bright silk necktie and pocket square for a confident summer-ready outfit.

The Style Adventurer

The Timeless Dresser

If you want to keep your look more cross-seasonal, combinations of navy and pale blue or navy and grey are a good choice and you can add a dapper edge with the addition of a double breasted piece.

The timeless dresser

Try this 3 piece suit with contrast jacket and double breasted waistcoat for an easy way to wear the DB trend.

Whatever you choose to wear for your day at Down Royal, remember that dress to impress is always the dress code and you’re more likely to stick out for underdressing than being bold in your choices!
Thanks to the team at Remus Uomo Victoria Square for their advice, check them out on Facebook or click the images above to check out the suits mentioned!