What To Wear For The Races

What To Wear For The Races - Leonard Silver


What To Wear To The Races


Getting dressed up for the races is a long-standing tradition for both men and women. Alongside the races and the thrill of putting on a bet, getting dressed up for the races is one of the most exciting parts of the day. Who doesn't love a good excuse to wear their finest race day suit?
For women at the races, expect to see glamorous dresses and fabulous fascinators. For men, it's all about the perfectly tailored race day suit. With many race events having prizes for their best-dressed guests, you must have the best suit for the races.
Leonard Silver has long been dressing men for the races, with Beverly Racecourse on our doorstep. We regularly supply suits for races, with one of our most popular options being the classic tweed suits. With years of experience dressing men in suits for Cheltenham races, we know the unwritten rules of Cheltenham races men's fashion, what you can wear and what you can't. Read on for our ultimate guide on what to wear to the races.

The dress code for the races

The dress code for Cheltenham races, and all other race days, will vary depending on the season. Some race events, such as Royal Ascot, will have stricter rules for their race day dress code, requiring you to wear a morning suit and top hat, and others may be more relaxed; this could even vary by the area you are in! 
When it comes to more relaxed race day dress codes, we think you can't go wrong with a 3-piece tweed suit. Tweed suits make for the perfect race day suit, and when wearing a 3-piece, you're sure to be hitting the standard requirements for most race day dress codes.
If you want to know what to wear for the races for ladies, this tends to be just as classy with conservative dresses that are finished off beautifully with contrasting accessories. There's always a place for a fascinator at the races!


Man at the races in his raceday suit.


Before you visit a racecourse, we advise you to check their specific dress code guidelines! However, as standard, it's best to dress to impress for a day at the races in your finest race day suit. 

What to wear for the races in Spring

One of the best racing events of the year takes place in March, Cheltenham Festival, meaning that we have the best British weather to contend with. Spring race day events can be tricky to prepare for due to the weather's unpredictability for the season, but we think there's one suit that can see you through any season; the classic tweed suit.
When deciding on what to wear for the races in Spring, we always opt for a tweed suit as it's the perfect smart suit for all year round. Made from breathable wool fabric, a tweed suit can keep you cool on those surprisingly warm spring days and will keep you warmer than a linen suit should the weather take a turn for the worst. 
If you want to treat yourself to a statement 3-piece tweed suit for the races, look no further than our amazing collection at Leonard Silver. Made from the finest materials and finished in-house to provide the perfect fit, there is no better option for your race day suit. Shop our range of race day suits here.
Finish your tweed off with a stylish pocket squareEnglish brogues and a boldly coloured tie for a statement and elegant look perfect for any race day event.
Don't forget, females have to decide on what to wear for ladies' day at the races. In April, this celebration gives the women a chance to get as beautifully dressed up as they desire as part of a competition in which the 'best dressed' wins a prize.



Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, our range of tweed suits will have something for everyone. 

What to wear to a Summer race day event

Even in Britain, we can be a little more hopeful for sunny weather throughout the Summer months, making a Summer race day event the perfect time to bring out the pastel-coloured and linen suits! There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortably warm at a long daytime event, so ensuring you have the right suit for a Summer race day is essential.
When gambling on what to wear for a day at the races in Summer, we recommend linen get-up. Whilst a tweed suit would work for a Summer race day event, why not embrace the Summer feeling and opt for a lighter material, such as a linen suit. Linen suits can often be overlooked when finding the best outfit for what to wear for the races. But this breathable material is what makes them even better for a race day event. We always recommend going for a different or bolder style than you’re used to and embracing the spirit of the day.
Linen suits by design are naturally light and perfect for keeping you cool. Most commonly, you will find them in more pale and neutral colours, making them an even cooler option for the Summer heat. Pair up a patterned linen suit jacket with a solid coloured pair of trousers and some Italian brogues for the perfect race day style for Summer. 
If you’re not a fan of the linen suit, why not opt for a lighter coloured suit, such as our lilac check suit. Pale-coloured suits will help you stay cool and are the perfect style for Summer events.


Check out our Mens Suits For Races collection.

Still not sure what suit to wear for the races?

Our team is always on hand to help, and with decades of experience in dressing men for the races, we are always up to date with the latest race day styles, giving you the best advice when deciding what to wear for the races. We can work with you to create the perfect race day suit for you. Simply send us a message to get booked in!


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