Out of the three British patriotic colours, white is the least practical to wear but can cut a fine figure when worn in the right place at the right time.

On a Winning streak with White

One of the right places and right times to wear white is at Glorious Goodwood. Since 1906, it has become a tradition to wear light coloured linen suits, a trend started by King Edward VII. And a white linen suit will definitely not feel or look out of place.



M&S Savile Row Inspired off-white linen suit was designed by Savile Row tailor Richard James.


The single breasted jacket has a notch lapel, flap outer pockets and a four button cuff. Fabric is 100% linen; lining 55% polyester and 45 % viscose. Price £149

The straight leg trousers are on the waist and have a flat front, centre crease, side and rear pockets. Fabric 100% linen. Price £79

For the Richmond Enclosure at Goodwood you do have to wear a shirt and tie with your jacket.

In the image the model is wearing a pale blue M&S shirt from the Savile Row Inspired range. The shirt is a tailored fit with a classic collar, has removable collar bones and single-needled stitching. Fabric: 2-fold 120s pure cotton. Price £49.50

The pure silk tie is also Savile Row Inspired and comes in textured navy. Price £29.50

Not essential for the Goodwood dress code but for a sartorial touch add a pocket handkerchief. Here the model is wearing a pure silk teal pocket handkerchief at £10, but for the patriotic colour balance replace with a red one instead. All available from Marks and Spencer stores and www.marksandspencer.com

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King Edward VII also wore a Panama hat with his linen suit and started another tradition at Goodwood. Although the panama is quintessentially British, a true panama is made in Ecuador. Confusing hey? Somehow the hats were named after their international trading centre rather than their place of origin.

This Fedora style Panama hat is made in a lightweight diamond weave called the brisa weave. Choose the peacock blue hat band to keep with the patriotic colour scheme. Price £89.90 available from Pachacuti via http://www.panamas.co.uk/ which is a fair trade hat specialist. They import directly from Ecuador cutting out the middle man and so providing better wages for the weavers.


Team with a pair of Vivienne Westwood’s distressed vintage style Union Jack slipper style shoe. http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/

Make sure you’re on time with this Storm Nexon watch in brushed stainless steel with white matte face and middle links. Price £109.99 www.stormwatches.com


For a more casual day at the races, white trousers can look cool so long as the weather is warm and sunny. Here Hackett’s white Riviera trouser (price was £130 now £80) are teamed with a pale blue geometric print shirt with white trim. Price was £120 now £90. Available from Hackett London stores and http://www.hackett.com/

Also in the picture is a blue leather belt at £60, Rugby stripe socks in blue and sky blue at £12 and the classic navy leather deck shoe with white laces and sole; price £115

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Goodwood is not the only place to wear a hat, if the sun is shining then don this wide brimmed cotton Ambassor hat from M&S. The pleated band is in red, white and blue check. Price £19.50

Seeing lights flashing before your eyes? Well that will be your white MK3 Circuit watch from Storm at http://www.stormwatches.com/. At the press of a button, two rows of red LED dots flash up. The number of red dots displayed in the left row denotes the hours and am/pm and those on the right show the minutes in tens. Price £99.99


Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International. You can read more of Karen’s fashion advice at:

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Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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