Newbury Races – Wardrobe

It’s that time of year again when I head to Newbury races with my mates for the Hennessy  Gold Cup, or Ladbrokes Gold Cup as it shall be known this year. It’s one of my highlights of the year. I love jump racing and it’s a wonderful day with my greatest friends as well as being a sartorial occasion. So with that in mind, here’s my wardrobe for winter race days…


I don’t get much chance to wear a suit, so when the opportunity arises I’m always keen to exploit it. Winter racing inevitably involves spending some time outside in the freezing cold, if only when racing to the on course bookies and back to the Champagne bar. With that in mind, a nice wool blend suit seems suitable. I like this slim fit checked navy number from REISS…


For a slightly cheaper option you can’t go wrong with Topman and this Charlie Casley-Hayford x Topman Navy Skinny Suit looks a decent shout.


You don’t want to go too formal, so a nice cotton Oxford is perfect I think. I like this soft blue one from REISS, or again for a cheaper option look at ASOS or Topman.



A good coat is essential for a race day, as much as you might frequent the Champagne bar or even just the Guinness bar, there will be plenty of trips out to the on course bookies and of course sometimes it’s nice to get up against the rail for a race. I’d love to say I would be brave and go for this beautiful Cavalry faux fur collar coat fro Reiss…

but in reality I’ll probably go for a more conservative grey overcoat, like this from Topman:

Hat & Shoes

To complete the look, a flat cap his pretty much the uniform for a race day it seems. I love a flat cap to be fair, and it’s a much smarter way to keep warm than some awful beanie:

Finally you’ll need a decent pair of shoes. You can read my previous post about looking for a decent pair of brogues, but for in this instance I’m going to plump for a nice pair of brown Oxfords from the good people at Goodwin Smith:


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