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Do I have to wear a suit to the races?

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Fashion - ◖ traill­nashg@theaus­tralian.com.au Gucci pocket square, $205, match­es­fash­ion.com; Paul Smith tie, $180, paul­smith.com; Cal­i­bre lapel pin, $59, cal­i­bre.com.au

You’ll cer­tainly need to wear a tai­lored jacket. If you’re a suit lover, look for some­thing other than black – pale to mid-grey and blues of all hues are es­pe­cially pop­u­lar. Push the boat out fur­ther with a bold win­dow­pane check. You’ll find great suit op­tions from Hugo Boss and Boss (hugo­b­oss.com), Paul Smith (paul­smith.com), Cal­i­bre (cal­i­bre.com.au), P John­son (pjt.com) and MJ Bale (pic­tured, jacket, $499, trousers, $199, mjbale.com.au). If you pre­fer the flex­i­bil­ity of sep­a­rates, look for a blazer to wear with con­trast­ing neu­tral trousers or chi­nos, per­haps in pink, rasp­berry, green or blue, even in light­weight linen or seer­sucker. The brands above can help, as can Bogli­oli, Of­ficine Gen­erale, Hack­ett, Con­nolly, Barena and Alexan­der McQueen (mr­porter.com).

Pol­ished is the pass­word here, and ac­ces­sories are the fin­ish­ing touches to make this a re­al­ity. Ties are stan­dard prac­tice and a pocket square is a must, whether plain or printed, square­tucked or flounced. Add cuff­links for clout, and if you don’t wear an ac­tual flower on your lapel, try a flo­ral lapel pin. One word of warn­ing: if you opt for an ac­ces­sory with a par­tic­u­lar mo­tif – flo­ral, equine or oth­er­wise – keep the rest sim­ple, lest you gal­lop into “nov­elty dresser” ter­ri­tory.

try a your fi­nal fra­grance flour­ish be­fore flut­ter. amouage im­i­ta­tion Man 100ml, $399, agencede­par­fum.com.au

Gly­nis traill-nash

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