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Top looks for a day at the races

By June 3, 2014Culture

Birmingham City University was done proud by Daniel Mark Welsh, who exhibited a bright, bold and finely crafted collection of bold colours and 80s referential tailoring.

Granddad collars and sharp shoulders were paired with loose harem trousers and experimental fringing. A bright turquoise suit exhibited Welsh’s tailoring skills, bringing something that wouldn’t have looked out-of-place in a Cameo video straight into the 21st century and made wearable and crucially, covetable.

A PAUSE favourite was the sharply tailored neutral toned print tail coat, replete with pointed shoulders. This forray into the formal was offset with androgynous styling in the form of a fuschia clutch bag and sheer tights worn under fuschia trousers. Overall, Welsh presented a collection that has produced many instantly recognisable pieces and was a welcome update for mens tailoring, firmly taking it from fusty to fun.

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Words: Erin Carrington
Photos: Rianna Tamara


Birmingham City University was done proud by Daniel Mark Welsh, who exhibited a bright, bold and finely crafted collection of bold colours and 80s referential tailoring.

Granddad collars and sharp shoulders were paired with loose harem trousers and experimental fringing. A bright turquoise suit exhibited Welsh’s tailoring skills, bringing something that wouldn’t have looked out-of-place in a Cameo video straight into the 21st century and made wearable and crucially, covetable.

A PAUSE favourite was the sharply tailored neutral toned print tail coat, replete with pointed shoulders. This forray into the formal was offset with androgynous styling in the form of a fuschia clutch bag and sheer tights worn under fuschia trousers. Overall, Welsh presented a collection that has produced many instantly recognisable pieces and was a welcome update for mens tailoring, firmly taking it from fusty to fun.

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2014-gfw-rianna-tamara89 2014-gfw-rianna-tamara91 2014-gfw-rianna-tamara90
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Words: Erin Carrington
Photos: Rianna Tamara


Have you ever been to the races? Whether it’s yes or no, you still need some inspiration this coming summer on exactly what you should be styling. We’ve been to a fair few racetracks, a personal favourite being Kempton Park conveniently located on the outskirts of London if you fancy making a weekend out of it. One thing you can count on is the criteria; bubbly, bets and a ballsy atmosphere. But this doesn’t mean your sense of style needs to be compromised.

And it isn’t just horse racing you need to dress up for. These style titbits can be applied to any events you’re planning to attend this summer…

Blue and Brown

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There’s no need to stick your brown suit at the back of the wardrobe until autumn arrives yet again. Obviously a tweed or woollen number will be too hot on a stuffy day, but any traditional brown suits can be easily updated with your shirt and accessories. The colour combination of brown and blue is so striking and is certain to make the right impact at the races. Team your sky blue shirt and brown suit with matching blue suede loafers or even your essential brown brogues and navy accessories such as your handkerchief and cufflinks.

Brogues vs Loafers

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That modern man question. Formal tends to call for brogues, but when it comes to horse racing, you can have a little personality as well. It really is a judgement call here, but we find loafers will suffice, plus you have those all-important style trend points too. Loafers are all over the high street this season in a wide range of colours and styles to suit every male. Give your trusty brogues a rest and break from habit.

Hats and Hair

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Male grooming is so important when heading to the racecourse. Why put so much effort into your outfit if you don’t complete the look with a killer hairstyle? For sunny days, are you brave enough to opt for a boating hat to match your summer suit? If not, tribys and similar headwear will have all bad hair days covered. If you’re not a hat person, or your suit is simply good enough by itself, use plenty of hair spray and some of the best products to keep your hair thick and bang-on point.

Colour Clash

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The catwalks have been crawling with clashing styles from summer 2014, mainly consisting of oranges and pinks. Whilst there is no problem with you pulling off this look, fair play if you can, most of us aren’t so brave. Why not, instead, opt for purple and green; complementary colours with the right degree of clash. For example, your grey tweed suit teamed with a deep purple shirt and emerald green accessories. Saves you time buying a new suit, money wasted on just that and refreshes a possibly slightly over worn item.

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Whatever you decide to opt for, you don’t always need a complete new suit or look. Apply one of these styles to your existing suits or outfits will revamp your entire look leaving you more doe to spend enjoying the finer things.

Words: Sue Williams