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The gentlemen’s guide on how to dress this spring racing season*

*And how to look like the most dapper dude you’ve seen all year, courtesy of men’s fashion blogger Simon Hancock.

Starting the Spring Racing season looking on-point (read: 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 chockas with punters going all out for the popular event days; Caulfield Cup (21 October), black and whites Derby Day (4 November), the prestigious Melbourne Cup event (7 November), Stakes Day (11 November) and ladies day Crown Oaks Day (9 November). If you’re an all season sort of race-day attendee, taking the time to prep your outfits in advance is key to staying sharp, keeping on budget and remaining stress-free.

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. As far as men’s fashion goes, Hancock knows a thing or two (OK, a lot) about how to tackle the trends and what to keep on your radar when you hit the shops. He’s got this one sorted, guys.

Feature image: @mrsimonhancock

Men's spring racing fashion


SH on his 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 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.


SH 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.


SH 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 details.


SH 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.


SH 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.

Find more #inspo by following Hancock on Instagram @mrsimonhancock.


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Your go-to retailers for race-day attire

Keeping said wisdom above in mind, these are the 9 retailers to look to for your spring racing style this season.

Mr Porter

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.

Shop Mr Porter online


theiconic

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.

Shop THE ICONIC online


ASOS

3. ASOS

Oh, you guys. 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.

Shop ASOS online


4. 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.

Shop Charles Tyrwhitt online


davidjones

5. 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.

Shop David Jones online


gustopercy

6. Gusto Percy

Handmade out of Melbourne, Gusto Percy should be top of your list this Spring Racing Carnival. The brand works wonders when it comes to bow-ties, pocket squares and neckties for dapper dudes.


Sunglass Hut

7. Sunglass Hut

It’s the races, you’ve got to got to wear shades. Stocking all the big players’ collections with a wide range of styles, Sunglass Hut is your one-stop shop.

Shop Sunglass Hut online


Topman

8. Topman

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.

Shop Topman online


uniqlo

9. Uniqlo

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.

Shop Uniqlo online


tedbaker

10. Ted Baker

Designer apparel, footwear and accessories made for the modern man. Ted Baker offers sharp suiting, quality threads, and fine leather accessories.

Shop Ted Baker online


Retailer shipping times

Planning your trackside look in advance can pay off when it comes to overseas shipping. If there’s a last-minute plan on the cards, stick to your local retailers to fast track your order. Compare retailer shipping times below:

RETAILERFREE SHIPPINGDELIVERY TIMEEXPRESS SHIPPINGDELIVERY TIMEIS IT WORTH IT?
Mr PorterOn occasion*3-4 business days£27.373-4 business daysYes!
THE ICONICOrders over $50Next day$12.953-4 hours in Sydney metroYes!
ASOSOrders over $40
$5 for orders below
7 Business days$103 business daysExpress shipping, yes!
Charles TyrwhittNo, £15.9515 business daysN/AN/ANo
David JonesOrders over $1003-7 Business days$12Next dayNo
Gusto PercyYes, Australia wideStandard delivery times$14.951-2 business daysFree shipping, yes!
Sunglass HutAlwaysNext day$10Same day deliveryYes and yes!
TopmanFlat rate of £9Up to 9 business days£204 business days + trackingNo
UniqloOn orders over $50, $8 for orders below3-7 business daysN/AN/AYes
Ted BakerFlat rate of $301-3 business daysN/AN/ANo

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Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and a Contributing Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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