Lets face it, if you are planning on attending the Spring Racing Carnival, it's never going to be a cheap day out. First up you've got the tickets, then all the money you spend on rounds with the lads, then there's the food, and finally the betting - it all adds up in the end! It's safe to say that after attending all of the race days last year I practically had to take out a small loan just to get by for the next month or so (seriously, I actually maxed out my credit card). But before even thinking about all the cash you have to drop at the races, there's your suiting. We all know that your average Aussie bloke isn't to keen to lash out and spend thousands of dollars on suits for the races, but that doesn't mean they can't attend the races in style!
If you or any of your mates are on the hunt for a good suit at a fraction of the price, British Department Store Heavyweights Marks & Spencer would definitely be up near the top of my list for this Spring Racing Carnival. With a massive range of suits and accessories, they truly are a one stop shop when it comes to online shopping for the races.
To celebrate their touchdown on Australian soil, M&S not only dressed me up, but helped get my whole squad Race Day Ready as well, and all for under $1,500; not bad at all if you ask me! For a bit of fun I decided to dress each of my mates up in looks that I would wear to each of the main race days and to be honest, I think these lads pulled some of these looks off better than I could!
Up first, we have Aaron, I've dressed up his navy 3-piece with a striped shirt and polkadot tie, a bold look that would be perfect for Stakes Day. To up the fashion stakes (pun intended), I threw a panama hat into the mix which adds some serious style points to any race day look.
Up next is part-time Captain America impersonator and full time model Luke Toniolo. If there's one of us who can pull of the pink shirt and tie combo for Oaks day, its definitely him! Fun fact, his gloves are armed with Thinsulate technology, a lightweight insulation layer which will keep his hands nice and toasty should the Melbourne weather take a turn for the worse.
The man dressed for the race that stops a nation, is my close friend and full time housemate Ryan. I've popped him in a rakish baby blue glen-plaid suit and paired it with a yellow pocket square and navy knitted tie, a stellar look that would turn heads on Cup day.
Lastly, I've opted for a mix-match suiting look that could easily be worn on any of the main days listed above. The blue blazer over the grey waistcoat and pants is a super versatile option that is a blank canvas just waiting to be accessorised!
Oh and for those of you who aren't exactly known for being gentle on your clothes, (who is after a few drinks at the races) you'll be stoked to know that M&S utilise Butonsafe technology so even if you don't back a winner on the day, you can safely bet on your suit coming home in one piece. That's a win in my books!
If you like the look of anything me and the gang have worn, head on over to the M&S website, shipping usually only takes a few days so you can easily get a full ensemble just before Spring Carnival fully kicks into gear!