The Autumn Racing carnival has begun, so we thought this would be an opportune time to help a brother out with some suggested shirt and tie combinations that are sure to keep you winning in the style stakes. Let’s face it, there aren’t too many occasions in Australia these days where you risk being treated like a pariah if you’re not suited and booted to within an inch of your life. However, the races are one of the few remaining bastions of genteelness, so it is worthwhile showing some respect for the history and tradition of racing and follow the formal dress code. Remember, this is an occasion to step out in all your finery and let your inner peacock fly.
A Golden touch
Tooheys New Golden Slipper Day. Saturday, 21 March 2015 – Rosehill Gardens
Tradition stipulates that men should wear a yellow rose on their lapel and fortunately, yellow and blue are a marriage made in heaven. This stunning Carlo Riva mini check shirt is perfect for the occasion, the lightweight fabric particularly good for the trans-seasonal period between summer and autumn (let’s face it, at this time of year it can easily be a balmy 30 degrees in March). Adding a yellow and blue striped knitted tie to the mix is a great way to add texture and introduces a sophisticated flourish to your outfit, setting you apart from the crowd. This shirt and tie combination contains enough panache to stand on its own, or you can enhance your look further by adding a pocket square, which echoes a colour from either you shirt or tie.
The stuff legends are made of
Western Sydney Legends Day. Saturday, 28 March 2015 – Rosehill Gardens
Most gents have a blue shirt hanging in their wardrobe, but the races call for something a little bit special. This luxurious Loro Piana sky blue shirt is a stunning choice and looks great with navy or charcoal suits. The fine quality of this fabric is just the ticket to make your mark and versatile enough to be paired with a wide variety of ties and pocket squares. A monochromatic outfit always looks polished, so this shirt and tie combination, whether you choose stripes or motifs, will look effortlessly cool and elegant. A neat foulard with a floral motif design adds a touch of formality and really ties the whole outfit together.
Black and White is all right
The Championships Day 1. Saturday, 4 April 2015 – Royal Randwick
Day 1 of the Championships is when Sydney’s ‘social set’ comes out to play and black and white is the dress code of the day. You can’t go wrong with a clean and crisp white shirt made from Loro Piana fabric paired with a woven silk tie such as Suvretta. You can even give the traditional dress code a little bit of a twist by wearing a black knitted tie and a charcoal pocket square to really make a statement.
Make a Royal Statement
The Championships Day 2. Saturday, 11 April 2015 – Royal Randwick
Day 2 of The Championships sees the world’s richest 2000m race (with a prize purse of $4M), the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. This calls for a royal flush when it comes to your shirt and tie combination; something that will draw attention to you but in a refined way. This contrasting collar shirt is a confident choice for peacocking around the grounds and when combined with a woven or knitted tie in a dark colour, is all you need to make your mark in a sea of suited and booted men.
Schweppes Stakes Day. Saturday, 18 April 2015 – Royal Randwick
The finale of the autumn carnival calls for flamboyance and is a chance to kick up your heels and have some fun. A pastel shirt in a purple hue is a perfect choice, such as this Sachertorte to Me shirt. If you’re going to wear a bold coloured shirt to the races, often it’s best to keep it solid rather than patterned, just to maintain formality. The ‘pow-factor’ can come from your tie. Green is a complementary colour to purple and therefore, is the ideal accompaniment for a day at the races. Pictured here with either Dolder or The Ken Newman knitted tie, you will definitely be onto a winner!