The Sydney Spring Racing and Melbourne Cup Carnival is well and truly upon us, as we trot, canter and gallop as stylishly as we can through two months of gambling, gallivanting and grog. But a day at the races is as much about the fashions on the field as it is about the horses. Gents, the ladies have been playing dress-ups since they were five, so we’ve done our best to help you out with five of our best shirt and tie combinations for Spring racing that will get you winning in the style stakes:
Odds on favourite in orange
The races are the perfect occasion to let a bit of your individuality shine through and if ever there was a time to wear colour, this is it. Luftig is a striking shirt which will set off any navy suit perfectly and although some of you wouldn’t have dreamt of pairing orange with a green tie such as Rive Gauche, it works to a tee because these colours (green, orange and blue/navy) are triadic. Check out our blog on colour coordination for more details. Add a simple pocket square which complements this shirt and tie combination, and you will certainly cut a fine figure collecting your winnings.
The Eton or club collar shirt’s pedigree needs no introduction (check out our blog) and is right on trend with the influence Gatsby, Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire have had on men’s fashion of late. Why not channel an air of cultured respectability whilst you’re gambling, philandering and imbibing trackside. Pair this shirt with Schildkrote tie and a simple white pocket square (or try one with polka dots if you’re really rakish), for a strong and distinguished look that will have you vying for best dressed…you’re welcome!
A thoroughbred of the canine variety
OK, you’ve probably got a plethora of blue shirts in your wardrobe, but you haven’t got one like Frisch. This stunning shirt with a mini-houndstooth pattern or puppytooth as we like to call it, is a firm favourite in our book. This shirt can be worn with a variety of ties but we’ve selected the Maastricht orange tie which is beautifully textured (tick), complementary in colour to this sea-blue shirt (tick) and with white polka dots…or are they bullet points (tick), adds a natty nuance to your race day outfit.
A fine cotton affair
Nothing says Spring like a crisp, white shirt, but don’t just reach for your usual work staple, indulge in something special, like Barberini. This West Indies Sea Island Cotton self-stripe shirt will definitely do the trick. Made from the most fine of all cottons, this is one bet that will pay dividends. Paired with a luxurious tie like Großglockner and a pocket square, this combination will look polished, clean and refined – just what you want for race day.
Racing is the sport of Kings, so inject some regal flair into your race day outfit with Royal Purple, a purple glen plaid shirt with Italian cutaway collar. Make a statement by wearing a green tie such as Blarney.Don’t listen to anyone who tells you green is an unlucky colour at the races – superstitions of this kind won’t have you winning in the style stakes! Purple and green are complementary colours and when worn together, intensify each other, making a bold and eye-catching statement. There’s a lot of competition out there, so make your mark!
Happy punting! And may the odds be ever in your favour…with these shirt and tie combinations, we’ve taken the uncertainty out of a mystery bet!