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A gentlemen’s guide on how to dress this Spring Racing season
Wondering how to dress to impress this Spring Racing season? Men's fashion blogger Simon Hancock is here with all the exclusive tips.
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Starting the Spring Racing season looking on-point (or better than all your mates) is essential for men and women racegoers. There’s some serious style at stake here, people!
The carnival calendar is filled with plenty of events to dress up for. The most popular event days are Caulfield Cup (19 October), black and whites Derby Day (2 November), the prestigious Melbourne Cup event (5 November), Stakes Day (9 November) and ladies day Crown Oaks Day (7 November).
To ensure your race-day style game remains hot we sat down with men’s fashion blogger and all-round cool-guy, Simon Hancock, to talk about his track-side style for this year and the dos and don'ts to take note of. This is how you can tackle the trends and shop at the best retailers for men's fashion.
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Simon on dressing for the races:
This year it's all about linen, light colours and clashing prints. I recently finished my second design collaboration the Mr Hancock II by Institchu and it's seriously on Spring Racing point. Ted Baker is another go-to brand you can't pass by. Be fashion-forward with a patterned blazer, houndstooth tie and pastel pants. If you're at the races, you want to stand out from the pack. Playing it safe in the style stakes won't get you a girl. Or guy.
Simon on Spring Racing trends:
Accessories are huge this year. In addition to your suit, rock a baller watch, a few rings and a floral pin. The devil is always in the detail.
Simon on how to style high with low pieces:
I'm a massive fan of rocking a Champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. We get caught up on all these blogs and Instagram feeds that are pushing products worth $20k+… To be honest, I don't own more than a few "designer pieces". When it comes to style, men are extremely lucky. If you're on a limited budget, find middle-range pieces that fit well. Get them tailored. Wear with confidence. You'll look a million bucks.
Simon on Spring Racing Carnival dos and don'ts:
DO NOT wear a navy or black suit. It's spring, dudes. Dress for the season.
DO experiment with colours and textures. Pastels may not be the most naturally masculine palette but I promise you when you're up there with "best-dressed" and your special friend is fawning… you'll thank me.
Simon's personal style:
I consider my style pretty relaxed. While certain occasions call for a more formal dress code I always try to bend the rules a little. The restrictions of dapper dressing from days gone by have given way to a more open-minded take on fashion for the modern man and I'm all about it. Open collars, crushed linen – embrace the laid-back luxe, I say. That being said, it definitely pays to style up, sirs. You can never be overdressed.
Your go-to retailers for race-day attire:
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1. Mr Porter
Recognised as the #1 destination for men’s style, Mr Porter is your source of the world’s best international labels, boasting a dapper edit like no other. Being an overseas retailer you need to leave enough time for your order to arrive on your doorstep.
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2. THE ICONIC
Australian retailer THE ICONIC is dedicated to bringing the best of both local and international labels ranging in price. You can expect to find race-day essentials, a speedy delivery service for spontaneous plans and easy returns.
Whether you’re saving or splurging, ASOS is always the answer. Treat it as your go-to brand for accessories, footwear and prints, and keep an eye open for cheeky bargains – perfect for a one-time wear.
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4. David Jones
Australia’s local department store, David Jones, knows a thing or two about men’s fashion. Whether you’re looking to classic style or on-trend fashion forward pieces, David Jones will have you covered.
boohooMAN offers on-trend and affordable clothing options, as well as shoes and accessories. If you're looking to nail Spring Racing season on a budget, you need to check out this leading fast fashion retailer.
Japanese-turned-global brand Uniqlo has been leading the way in producing high quality, affordable fashion since 1949. The focus on quality and textiles is unmatched in the industry. You'll find blazers, shirts, chinos and accessories to keep your race-day game on point.
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7. Ted Baker
This is where you can find designer apparel, footwear and accessories especially made for the modern man. Ted Baker offers sharp suiting, quality threads and fine leather accessories that you need for this Spring Racing season.
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8. Sunglass Hut
It’s the races, so there's no excuse not to wear a cool pair of shades. Stocking all the big players’ collections with a wide range of styles, Sunglass Hut is your one-stop shop to make a statement during the races.
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Topman is one of the UK’s largest fashion retailers for men. Producing thousands of fashion forward, on-trend pieces each year, you’re bound to find an abundance of race-day attire.
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10. Charles Tyrwhitt
When you find the perfect tailored shirt – you go and buy it in every colour. It's that easy! Charles Tyrwhitt produces timeless, quality menswear. Invest in the best and continue to wear season after season.
Shipping times you need to know about:
If there’s a last-minute plan on the cards, stick to these retailers to ensure you get your order fast. Use our handy table to compare retailer shipping times below:
|RETAILER||FREE SHIPPING||DELIVERY TIME||EXPRESS SHIPPING||DELIVERY TIME||IS IT WORTH IT?|
|Mr Porter||On occasion*||3-4 business days||£20||3-4 business days||Yes!|
|THE ICONIC||Orders over $50||2 business days||$3.95, orders over $50||Next day||Yes!|
|ASOS||Yes, on orders over $50||6-7 Business days||$14.99||2-3 business days||Express shipping, yes!|
|David Jones||Free on orders over $100||3-7 Business days||$12||Next day||No|
|BoohooMAN||Standard – $6.99||8 working days||$14.99||5 working days||Yes!|
|Uniqlo||Free on orders over $60||2-5 business days||$12.95||1-2 days||Yes!|
|Ted Baker||A flat rate of $30||1-3 business days||-||-||No|
|Sunglass Hut||Always||3-5 business days||-||-||Yes!|
|Topman||FREE on orders over £100||6-9 working days||£20||5 working days||No|
|Charles Tyrwhitt||No, $15.95||5-7 business days||$25.95||3-5 business days||Yes!|
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