Five rules you need to follow for a winning races outfit

A day at the races is the perfect time to don your best threads. Think tweed, tailored, tremendously posh.

It doesn't matter how much money you're gambling or how indulgent your post-race event intends to be (far too much beer and a dreadful hangover), there's no excuse not to look every inch the proper gent during spring carnival.

When it comes to the Melbourne Cup, it's also one of the few events where men can really show off their attire and not feel embarrassed or too 'over the top' with their fantastic suits, ties, shoes and even hats. So much so that the Fashions on the Field has become a place to showcase the best in men's tailoring and racewear. A local version of the annual peacocking done at Italy's Pitti Uomo if you will.

As such we are seeing a more 'daring male' step out onto the tracks to show his flare.

Here's what you need to know to win the style race by more than just a nose.

1. Fit for the field

The fit of your suit is everything when it come to impressing the crowds and this season fitted is in – with a shorter hem.

This doesn't mean the suits need to be skin tight but nicely tailored suits which are not as wide as a standard suit are most preferred.

2. Make the details matter

Match your suit with dark leather shoes and a belt. Wear a hat if you're daring, use a pocket square (or two) to match your tie or your lady-friend's outfit and drink champagne over beer – Mumm Champers preferred.

This is the only time in the year that you can go over the top and not get slack from your mates.


3. A classic twist

For those who want to take a bit of a spin on the classic suit look, try little changes such as frayed edges rather than straight seams. Three piece suits are the rave with the classic combo raising the race wear standards.

There are a few 'safe' styles to choose for the races. They include the Italiano style of beige in linens, matched back with accessories that colour code to the shade.

Keep in mind that each race day has it's own colour and flower and use this as inspiration.

4. Tonal touches

The tone-on-tone looks superb when using a dark colour combination. Steel blue suits with a dark shirt and tie look handsome and polished. Make the look a bit edgy with brown or tan shoes and belt. It's time to bring the pin stripe suit back in fashion! This style looks fabulous, particularly when you layer a pin stripe shirt under your suit. Just make sure that you have the right stripe sizes and spacing.

5. Prepare to pop

Don't be afraid of colour either. There are a couple of ways to add this to your existing suit. On the tie, and the pocket squares. And if you really want to stand out – add in a lapel pin. Ted Baker does a great lapel pin with feathers and fishing hooks. Eclectic and exciting!

Scroll through the gallery above to get some race day inspiration.

Experience within retail trend analysis companies has earned Louise Edmonds cred in the luxury menswear sector. The founder of utilises her passion and understanding of fashion to deliver a fresh, edgy take on men's style.