How to Dress for a Day at the Races

Fancy a flutter? A day at the races is the perfect way to try your luck – but unless you’re a regular race-goer, you might be confused about what to wear. Luckily, Market Rasen racecourse is right on our doorstep, so we have a wealth of experience in kitting out local gents for the occasion.

We’ve used our expertise to put together this easy-to-follow men’s guide that makes dressing for the races simple.

Check the Dress Code

If you’re new to horse racing, then you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ll need a top hat and three-piece suit. Not so – the majority of racecourses (including Market Rasen) have moved with the times and adopted more relaxed dress codes. But there’s a big difference between getting through the gates and truly looking the part, so we recommend smart-casual – with an emphasis on smart.

We also recommend that you take a moment to check the dress code before you go – it could save you the embarrassment of being turned away!

Check the Market Rasen racecourse dress code now.

Blaze a Trail

When you’re heading to the races, a blazer is definitely the order of the day. If black or grey feel too ‘day at the office’, then plump for a blue blazer instead. You can create a sharp contrast by pairing it with a crisp white shirt, or tone the effect down by choosing a light-blue shirt for a more tied-together feel.

At most courses, the tie is optional – so if contemporary and open-necked is your go-to look then that shouldn’t be a problem. Not that we have an issue with the tie – and if you do opt to wear one, then you can enhance the effect by adding a tie pin. Finally, while we’re looking at optional extras, why not consider adding a pocket square to set the whole look off with a flourish?

The Trousers – Time to Keep it Simple

As a rule, the more you’ve accessorised with details like tie pins, pocket squares etc., the simpler you should keep things when it comes to your trousers. If you did choose a coloured blazer, then simple, dark trousers are the ideal way to keep your look ‘grounded’.

Chinos are a comfortable, practical option – smart enough to sit alongside a blazer, but ‘quiet’ enough not to call attention to themselves.

The Right Shoes for the Races

One downside to a day spent at the races is that it can involve a lot of standing. For that reason, comfortable (but smart) footwear is the order of the day. Trainers are beyond the pale at most racecourses, so loafers or brogues are a safer bet. Your choice could come down to the season, with loafers having more of a summer feel.

Whichever way you go, be sure to field-test your new shoes for comfort before the day of the race.

Visit Our Louth Menswear Store

Many of the items we recommend are available right here, on, but if you’re a local, then don’t miss the chance to visit our menswear store in Louth, Lincolnshire. Right now, we have a range of Marc Darcy suits – why not drop by or call us on 01507 499170 to learn more?