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Q I want to go to the Dubai World Cup at Mey­dan, and I know peo­ple usu­ally dress up very well for the oc­ca­sion, some­times in top hat and tails. I no­tice that ev­ery place in the world has a dif­fer­ent dress­ing style at the races. What is the right way to dress in Dubai?

AThe Dubai World Cup is one of the premier horse rac­ing events glob­ally. You are right to note that the dress­ing style of at­ten­dees is uniquely tied to dif­fer­ent coun­tries’ horserac­ing events.

The Dubai World Cup has evolved in­cred­i­bly since 1996, when it was first held. Con­form­ing to the norms of race-go­ing eti­quette while show­cas­ing one’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity has been the mantra for men at­tend­ing races.

Gen­tle­men can keep to the tra­di­tional way of dress­ing with a morn­ing coat and top hat. While it is quite easy to wear a grey morn­ing dress with the same waist­coat, an in­ter­est­ing touch would be to wear dif­fer­ent shades of grey for the waist­coat and trousers with a black morn­ing coat and top hat. The waist­coat could ei­ther be sin­gle- or dou­ble-breasted with four or six but­tons with sin­gle-pleated trousers.

Gen­tle­men can also dress in a con­tem­po­rary man­ner with a two-piece or a three-piece suit. Wear­ing a two-piece could mean com­bin­ing a dou­ble­breasted blazer in bold colours such as bur­gundy, royal blue or even sandy beige with con­trast­ing cot­ton chi­nos to give an ef­fort­less el­e­gant look. A sin­gle-breasted two-piece suit is best avoided, so as not to look like one has turned up for work. A bet­ter op­tion would be to wear a sin­gle-breasted blazer with sep­a­rate trousers or cot­ton chi­nos.

Three-piece suits would def­i­nitely be iden­ti­fied as the more sar­to­rial ap­proach for the big day. To keep it in­ter­est­ing, opt for a dif­fer­ent-coloured waist­coat, but it should be one that works in uni­son with the en­tire suit. You could also go for a dou­ble-breasted waist­coat, which gives the en­tire out­fit the per­fect bal­ance of a con­tem­po­rary out­look with a touch of her­itage.

The choice of colours and pat­terns is very im­por­tant. For two-piece and three-piece suits, wear­ing a dif­fer­ent­coloured or pat­terned blazer or a waist­coat will add per­son­al­ity to the out­fit. Plaids or tar­tan check­ered fab­rics could be used ef­fec­tively for blaz­ers or waist­coats to add that dash of in­di­vid­u­al­ity while still fit­ting in with the leisure out­look of the sport­ing day.

Lately, ac­ces­soris­ing has been given much im­por­tance. A pocket watch chained to the but­ton of the waist­coat could be en­hanced with a gen­tle­man’s walk­ing stick, for in­stance.

In­ter­est­ing ties and pocket squares in pais­ley prints, dot­ted, striped or with bold pat­terns bring out the per­son­al­ity of the wearer. Al­ter­na­tively bow-ties could be worn for the day.

A gen­tle­man’s sar­to­rial knowl­edge is show­cased by the beauty of his tie knot or the knot of a self-tied bowtie. While it takes some time to per­fect it, the beauty of its slight asym­met­ri­cal knot, which can later be left open and hang­ing on the sides, is in it­self a sar­to­rial achieve­ment.

Pair­ing of shoes with the en­tire out­fit adds a be­fit­ting fi­nal touch.

With black or darker grey trousers, black shoes can be worn. For blues or browns, lighter or darker brown shoes, depend­ing on colours of the

Lately, AC­CES­SORIS­ING has been given much IM­POR­TANCE. A pocket watch chained to the BUT­TON of the waist­coat could be EN­HANCED with a GEN­TLE­MAN’S walk­ing stick

suit fab­ric. Brogues or ox­fords give the at­tire a tra­di­tional touch.

Fi­nally, match the colour of the shoelaces with the suit fab­ric; the colour of the socks to match or com­ple­ment your pocket square.

Re­mem­ber though, the most im­por­tant thing to wear af­ter tak­ing the ef­fort to dress ap­pro­pri­ately is the at­ti­tude of be­ing a true gen­tle­man.

PAWAN AND ASHISH ISHWAR are tai­lors at Knights & Lords, a be­spoke tai­lor­ing house in Dubai.

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