14 June 2013

Gentleman's Dress Code for the Grandstand at Royal Ascot

Gentleman may not have to wear a morning coat for the Grandstand at Royal Ascot but there is still as strict dress code to adhere to. In the past the guideline was just to dress smartly, but now they are more definite giving you a clear picture of the sartorial race ahead.
Main Rule - Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie. 

Hopefully the sun will be shining and the weather will be warm.  To stay cool, a suit in a lighter colour and lighter fabric will do the trick.  This wool blend (50% wool and 50% polyester) 2 button jacket suit from M&S Superlite range has the added technology of anti-odour Odegon. The jacket has carbon patches under each arm which absorb and eliminate odours. The straight leg trousers has a smart central crease and most importantly for when you’ve eaten too much from that picnic hamper, a hidden stretch waistband to allow greater freedom of movement. Colours available: Neutral as shown or light grey.
Plus it has a super light price too!
Jacket was £110 now £88
Flat front trousers were £69 now £55.20
5 button waistcoat (not shown) was £45 now £36
Matched with crisp white cotton shirt (£29.50) and the very subtle Ultimate Performance pure silk striped woven tie £16 in red mix. (Also available in blue mix)

For an added suave touch to the classic two button single breasted suit, Superdry in collaboration with the quintessential BritishTimothy Everest brings out the 100% wool Superspy suit with a contrasting slim lapel in black luxe sateen. Available in sharkskin (as shown) and black. Both lined in black and gold, and have an internal tech pocket with specially crafted loops for discreet threading of an earphone cable – maybe to get some secret spy betting tips? The matching skinny leg trousers feature razor sharp creases and the hem comes unfinished to allow them to be tailored to your liking.
Jacket £174.99
Skinny leg trousers £74.99

The most popular suits are the single breasted. So be a little different and go for the double breasted style. The traditional style is a boxier look with a longer lapel line ending at the waist and so creating the illusion of a slimmer and taller you. Great for hiding the larger tummy.  Here the Superdry/Timothy Everest collaboration updates the look for the slimmer figure with the top button fastened making the lapel line shorter and showing off the trim waist. However there is nothing to stop you from keeping the top button open and creating that longer line.
Called the Bankrobber, the suit comes in navy herringbone (as shown in image) and pinstripe. Fabric 100% wool. Both lined in black and gold, and like the Super Spy suit have an internal tech pocket with specially crafted loops for discreet threading of an earphone cable. Trousers come unfinished to allow them to be tailored to your liking.
Jacket £174.99
Slim leg trousers £74.99
Teamed here with Superdry London button down cotton shirt in optic white £44.99 and slim tie.

Shirts & Ties
All the above  suits are teamed with plain white shirts and plain ties, but you can wear coloured and patterned. Just keep in mind the smart sartorial look when choosing a colour.

River Island’s Blue tile print shirt is bold but in muted shades and with a white collar and cuffs.
100% cotton and from their Life of Tailor range
 Price £45
Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix your patterns. The above silk navy tie may be a safe colour but has a floral print to contrast with the shirt. Price £15

For a floral pattern and a brighter blue choose their Life of Tailor paisley shirt in 100% cotton. 
Price £50

Match with the bird embroidered tie from M&S price £12.50. It is a 2 pack limited collection and comes with a plain navy check tie if you prefer not to mix your patterns.

Unlike the Royal Enclosure, shoes do not have to be black, but they do have to be smart and polished.

For something different to black, Dune’s Amore lace up brogues are still smart and polished in two tone shades of brown and of mixed textured leather.  Were £85 now £68

(Goodwin Shoes)
Goodwin Smith offers tradition and quality with a fashion twist and attention to detail.
Newchurch slim red with a blue trim £80. Also available in the more conventional shades of dark brown or light tan. Price £80

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1 comment:

  1. Hey thanks so much for the post and also the direct links to the shopping stores. The pictures have made it all the more easy for me to choose the perfect suit for the grandstand.

    Ascot ties for men