Picture the scene: it’s a crisp English winter day and a gentle breeze whistles amongst the revellers of Newbury. The blue sky provides a serene backdrop over a glistening racecourse and the steam radiating from the horses fills the paddock like an eerie mist. Welcome to the 2012 Gentleman’s Day at Newbury Races, in association with Austin Reed.
The day before the Gold Cup at Newbury racecourse has become synonymous with well-dressed Gentlemen all eager to show off their latest race going attire. As with any horse racing event, there is a requirement to dress for the occasion. There is an unspoken respect that makes attendees dust off their tweed, shake out their three piece suits and don a hat or pocket square – resulting in a transformation from everyday casual wear to heritage chic.
Austin Reed prides itself on celebrating British heritage. The progressive global group that is both fashion forward and classically elegant recognises those who have gone the extra furlong when dressing for the races, by partnering Gentleman’s day.
After a morning of weaving through the crowds, identifying well dressed gents and pinpointing key trends from the mêlée, a collective few were chosen to appear in the inner ring as part of Austin Reed’s best dressed competition.
As with any event, fashion plays a big part – and today was no exception. On show were a multitude of tweeds, from Harris through to Prince of Wales check. Tweed sandwich caps, trilby hats and flat caps accompanied bold checks of blues, oranges and browns. Others opted for more formal business wear such as three-piece pin stripped suits, accessorised by bold scarves, leather gloves and Shetland-esque overcoats.
Oxblood red, turquoise and dark green trousers were worn with checked jackets, crisp shirts and the occasional tie bar, all of which emphasise how the summer trend for colourful trousers can be carried through to the autumn/winter season with devastating effect.
As with any competition, there had to be one winner – and this came in the form of polished light brown brogues, oxblood red corduroy trousers, a mid length tweed overcoat, grey chunky scarf and a sandwich tweed cap. The outfit was simple, smart, in keeping with the event and apparently very warm! For his troubles, the successful race-goer walked away with an Austin Reed Viyella Hacking jacket and various accessories. The runners up also received a variety of accessories, from ties to cufflinks.
As for what the next Gentleman’s day brings? One can only imagine, but rest assured, it is likely to bring an eclectic mix of well-dressed gentleman keen to be successful in both the betting stakes as well as the style department. If I were a betting man, I’d look to the Austin Reed collection as a good starting point for the latter…