Aintree Races 2023 - Style Guide for Men

What Should Men Wear To Aintree Races?

If there’s one day in the racing calendar which everyone looks out for, it’s the Grand National. The race at Aintree is the jewel in the national horse racing crown. Even if you’re not a racing fan, it’s tradition to have a bet every April.



This year the "most talked about, most celebrated, most magical races in the world" takes place Thursday 13th 2023 - Saturday 15th April 2023. That's not long to get your outfits sorted gents! But fear not, our style tips and suggestions (and next day delivery) can have you dressed to impress in no time at all. If you want to know what to wear to the races, and what not to wear to the races, this is the blog for you.



2023 has seen a revision to The Jockey Club dress code. There is now no formal dress code at any of their 15 racecourses, which include Aintree and Cheltenham. This doesn't mean that you can't look your best or dress traditionally. You simply have more freedom of choice. However, the televised event means that all eyes could be on you. We know the ladies will be on their game, so let's not let the sartorial side down.


Marc Darcy Ted Tan Tweed 3-Piece Suit



What To Wear For Raceday?


If you're after a classic raceday outfit, you should be thinking along the lines of one of our well fitted suits. A smart shirt, blazer, and tie will maintain a smart appearance and give you that raceday feeling.

Cody on Mannequin with orange accessories.

Cody 3-Piece Suit


One of our many trendy three piece suits is bang on the money to mark you out as a gentleman of style. Whether you're a modern man or prefer a classic style, you can be as bold or subtle as you want with anything from a simple plain colour herringbone to a multi-tonal checked pattern. SUAVE OWL has the suit you've been waiting for, check out our suit range today.


Model wears Wells with white shirt and pink accessories.

Wells 3-Piece Suit


We have a multitude of colours from light blues and navies to sages, greys and tans. But why just stick to one colour? Be at the top of your suit game by swapping in a contrasting or complimentary waistcoat. It adds more visual intrigue to your outfit and can make your formal outfit pop.




There's no reason at all why you can't style smart casually and yet keep your look sharp. You can wear your suit jacket and waistcoat with a well pressed slim-fitting pair of chinos, or indeed jeans. Smart casually dressing allows you to stay in style and comfort. Read our Smart Casual Race Day Style Guide For Men for all the semi-formal outfit advice you need for your day out.



To finish off your effortlessly stylish race day outfit you absolutely must don footwear to fit. A simple Oxford or Brogue style shoe or boot can never fail you, it's easy to not compromise on comfort with our fantastic collection. 



Accessorise for the unpredictable Great British weather with flat caps and gloves. Be prepared and stay on form despite the potential wind or rain, there's no reason the elements should impact your day.


Style Tips For Raceday

Take care to ensure the waistcoat is as well fitted as your suit jacket. Your waistcoat should cover the bottom of your shirt and the waistband of your trousers. It should be snug, but the buttons shouldn't be strained - you want to be able to list your arms with comfort. It should lay smoothly against you. Importantly, make sure you leave the last button undone! Our staff in store are always happy to help you find your perfect fit.



Be sure to compliment the suit/blazer and personalise your look with tie or bow tie and pocket square. Don't forget that there are many ways to arrange your square and tie your tie knot, we are big fans of the statement eldredge knot. 



Don't let the cold compromise your style. Layer up with a thin thermal underlayer and no-show socks which nobody will ever see! 



Lastly, for more information on best to wear a specific suit (and how to get plenty of rewear), read our How To Wear blogs for all the knowledge you need on the Elwood, Cody, Dion, and Ted suits.


Stick with SUAVE OWL and you'll pick a winner every time! Follow our Instagram, FacebookTwitterPinterest, and TikTok for more race day style ideas.

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