Although autumnal days are here, most gentlemen still prefer to wear suits to QIPCO British Champions Day 2018 rather than don the heavier wool and tweed jackets. We say opt for a three-piece for that extra layer of warmth.

To sartorially stand out from a sea of blue and grey suits, choose a more unusual colour to the norm such as dark green, burgundy or rust. These bolder earthy tones do not have to actually cost the earth – River Island has a stretch skinny fit suit in dark rust for a total of £132:

Stretch skinny fit jacket. Price £62.

Matching stretch skinny fit trousers. Price £35.

Matching waistcoats not only provide that extra layer for warmth but help to create the illusion of looking slimmer and taller all due to the same block colour continuing further up the body and not breaking at the waist. River Island double breasted waistcoat is in the low cut horseshoe style allowing for more exposure of the shirt and tie. Price £35.

Team with a pair of snappy co-respondent oxford brogues in chestnut and white from New & Lingwood. These shoes are not only for smart suits but will also add dapperness to the casual chinos and jeans. Price £495.

Don’t let your co-respondent shoes down with a pair of plain neutral socks. Go bright or patterned such as these striped chocolate brown socks in merino wool from SockShop. Price £14.99.

The bright stars of your outfit are the rust suit and the co-respondent shoes. Let your shirt take on a supporting role in a contrasting but classic colour such as white, black or navy. Note: unlike the model picture (top) you will need a shirt with a collar for British Champions Day.

Add a patterned tie in soft muted colours. New and Lingwood’s patterned silk tie features a trailing floral design on a camel and tan base. Price £125.

Bring in a touch of cool blue to your warm rust suit with a pocket square in wool/silk mix from New & Lingwood. Price £65.

 

Don’t ruin your sleek silhouette with bulging suit pockets. Take along a handy satchel or messenger bag which will carry your autumn racing essentials – brolly, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, binoculars etc. In racing green, this executive satchel bag from Zatchels will not be mistaken for your work briefcase. Smaller size was £170, now £85.

If the forecast is rain, choose the classic mac. The simple loose style of the mac fits over suits perfectly without crushing them and is light to carry if it does stop raining and may be able to fit in to your bag. River Island’s double breasted mac in stone. Price £85.

Add a cashmere scarf which can be worn with the mac or just with the suit. New & Lingwood’s plain cashmere scarf in petrol blue. Price £155.

Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

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