Cheltenham Festival Style Guide for Men

By Adam Monday 13th Mar, 2017

Gentleman, we are rather excited. Why? I hear you cry. Well, tomorrow will see the start of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and one of the pinnacle events in a Dapper Chappers social calendar.

Tuesday’s roar will kick off four days of racing but before we get into our style guide, it’s worth mentioning that there are still tickets available for this years meet, if you want to join us there for a drink. You can purchase tickets here.

We are here to help you conquer what to wear on the day. Although there’s no official dress code, I’ve outlined some tips that will help you build your Cheltenham look.

The first thing that comes to everyones mind when you mention Cheltenham is obviously Tweed. Whereas Ascot cries out for more formal attire, Cheltenham allows you to be a little more playful with your outfit. Think earthy tones and rustic fabrics.

I recommend committing to a tweed jacket as your statement garment and dressing it up with a shirt and tie. You can avoid going too OTT with the Tweed an adopt separate trousers to compliment your look. Tailoring these chinos by Hackett will do the trick:

For the mid-layer head towards soft fabrics. A cashmere waistcoat or jumper in an earthy colour will keep you warm. The other option of course is to continue to ‘tweed-it-up’ in which case, Peter Christian are worth checking out for great value tweed waistcoats:

If it’s really cold, add a wax jacket or winter coat to the mix as your final layer to finish the English countryside look. Jackets by Lavenham and Barbour.

When it comes to Footwear you can be a little more flexible but just keep it smart and make sure you match your belt. These Tobacco Punch Toe Cap Oxfords by New & Lingwood will do the trick:

When it comes to hats, flamboyant chappers amongst us should head towards the fedora or trilby but for most, the festival brings a good opportunity to wear tweed flat cap. Try to discreetly match the hues in your jacket with the cap, it’ll be the details that make the difference. Hat by Lock & Co:

Finally, adding accessories, especially a pocket squares goes without saying.  Add some flair to your look and try to draw out colours from the rest of your look without getting too matchy-matchy. Pocket Square and Tie by Clements and Church and umbrella by London Undercover: