By Jacki-Lee Munckton
With Spring Racing Season well and truly into full swing, here’s our last – minute guide on choosing your spring carnival get – up for the only ‘race that stops the nation’.
Playing by Spring Racing rules, a suit is an absolute must. Leave the corporate clothes at the office and pump it up a bit, using the small details to bring out your personality. As always, opt for a slimmer jacket paired with a matching narrow – leg pant. Any off-the-rack suits can always benefit from some quick touch-up alterations at a tailor. Apart from on Derby Day which maintains the strict, traditional dress code of classic black and white, branch out from the dark days by choosing something a little more colourful. For both Melbourne Cup and Crown Oaks Day, lightweight, softer suits are ideal, particularly in shades of cool grey and light blue. Fellas, make sure to keep in mind the colour trend of the season as noted by designer and Spring Racing expert Arthur Galan, “Blue is huge this season: every shade from navy to indigo to icy blue”.
SABA (top) and Country Road
Although seemingly hidden beneath your statement suit jacket, the humble shirt can easily make or break any Spring Racing ensemble. Keep the shirt tailored through the body and where possible opt for a French – cuffed piece, it’ll allow you to add a little sartorial flair. Ensure just a touch of shirt peeks out beneath your suit cuffs, a classic rule of suiting and which also enables you to subtly break up your colours. Lighter, even pastel coloured shirts will prove popular this year, especially in royal blue, yellows and daring pastel pinks.
When it comes to Spring Racing Style, the accessories really do maketh the gentleman. Whilst the quintessential black shoe is always safe (and a must) for Derby Day, this season sees dress shoes in dreamy shades of chocolate and tan take the reins. If electing for the latter, steer clear of anything orange – based and opt for more caramel or honey – inspired hues. Despite the growing sans – socks trend at the moment, socks on race day are mandatory and are a cheeky way to be experimental with colour. Try Happy Socks, Paul Smith or Vanishing Elephant for playful options.
The tie and pocket square are sure to separate the fashion followers from the style elite. We’re recommending slimmer, pure silk or linen – silk blend ties which will add subtle textural interest to your suit jacket. Don’t be afraid to opt for your tie (or if daring, a bow-tie) in a bold hue or striking pattern, playing on colour and proportions. Pocket squares easily add a hint of flourish and luxury; with lighter, bolder colours and European style paisley print to the front of the queue.
Kris Smith (top) and MJ Bale
Spring Racing Season also calls for a buttonhole flower for each day; luckily the rules are already in place! Derby Day calls for the cornflower, yellow roses on Melbourne Cup Day and Pink Roses in a celebration of women on Crown Oaks Day.
From the team at Jack Lee Australia, enjoy the Spring Racing Season and remember gents – always stay classy.