Have you placed your bets yet? It’s time to organise your Grand National outfit!
The Grand National at Aintree is a prestigious 3 day event. Offering fun, thrills and drama it culminates with the big race itself on Saturday afternoon.
A day at the races is a great occasion to get dressed up. Be a bit more creative and bold, adding your own personality and style to your outfit! During this 3 day event, ladies day is hugely popular. Giving all women the opportunity to dress up – but who says men cannot go that extra mile and dress to impress? Having a unique Grand National outfit is the type of event that many of our clients commission us for.
Aintree is known for its glamorous, smart and sophisticated attire. At The Bespoke Tailor we can help you to achieve this look! You may be too late to cut a strut at this year’s event but there are plenty more opportunities throughout the year. From Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby and Glorious Goodwood to name just a few.
Grand National Outfit Styling
Sometimes, less is definitely more. With a good fit and cut, and with an eye for detail this look can be established with ease. If you do want to add a bit more to your Grand National Outfit. A bold, check jacket is the way forward, but always keep everything else clean and sharply tailored. We use only the very best British cloth merchants. So, rest assured, not only will the quality of the tailoring be the best the U.K has to offer, but the cloth will be too!
A classic “Notch” lapel is advised on a country suit. Hand stitching always adds a touch of detail. The width is important and a tailor should always take into account the proportion of the client.
The rear vent found on the back of the jacket ware invented when we began riding horses. The idea of the side (or double) vent was that is splayed across the back of the horse. I, being a tailor will always advise this to be the best route.
The traditionalists out there would argue that a single breast 3 button jacket is the ideal. They are not wrong, although a majority of clients would opt for the more elegant 2 button fastening.
If want to add to the detail of your Grand National outfit, there are many ways to do so. From a storm collar to shooting back. Half belt to football buttons, country attire is where clients have fun with the details.
As you can see from the image here of a garment recently made for the horse racing, there are plenty of interesting linings around that allow you bespoke Grand National Outfit to stand out from the crowd!
The dress code can depend on the enclosure you are attending – will it be the Members club or the Premier enclosure? These are by far the more prestige enclosures and strict race day dress code is applied. Most men are required to wear formal wear; a smart jacket and tie. For example, at Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure, you are required to wear a formal morning suit and ideally a top hat.
Formal morning suits consist of a black coat, waistcoat and grey striped trousers. Men may also wear a popular variant where all parts are the same colour and material, often grey and usually called ‘morning grey’ to distinguish it.
For less strict enclosures (Grandstand, Paddock) a traditional tweed suit is very popular – we recommend a good fitting three piece suit which will make you feel the part. And don’t forget the little touches – a pocket square will complete the look nicely.
Nothing looks better than a well-dressed man who oozes both style and confidence. The races are meant to be fun so you need to feel comfortable in your suit – let us help you to complete your look for the next key event on the racing calendar.
For further information, click here to view the official Aintree website.