With plenty of superb racing on the cards over Christmas and New Year, it is just as important for men as it is for women to combine style with their warm clothing!

Men’s checks have become bolder and the festive season is just the right time to make a statement.

Ted Baker’s Nevos check jacket is available in festive berry and the more subtle navy. In 100% wool – a warm investment for a cold day at the races. Price £389 from House of Fraser.

Wear with matching waistcoat for extra warmth and dapperness!

Waistcoat is double breasted. Price £159 from House of Fraser.

Depending on how smart the occasion is pair with navy (or berry) flannel trousers, velvet, corduroy, chinos or smart jeans. Don’t worry the berry shade doesn’t have to be the exact shade of the jacket – it’ll still look good.

Roll up with sartorial elegance in a John Smedley bright blue cashmere and merino wool Arlington roll neck £260. The fine knit is ideal for layering under a suit or can be worn casually. NB – check the dress code for the enclosure you are attending, in case shirt and tie is required.

Don’t forget the little sartorial touches – spice it up with a dash of mustard. New & Lingwood mustard Naïve Elephant pocket square in wool/silk mix. Price £65.

Keep footwear smart with a pair of Oxfords. Dune’s Priest put a contemporary take on this classic with a heavy toecap, graphic stitching across the upper and a mixed textured rubber sole. Available in modern shades of green, blue and red. Price £125 from House of Fraser.

A winter’s day at the races can be freezing so don accessories such as gloves, cap and scarf. Maalbi’s navy and maroon luxury Italian virgin wool scarf has a subtle herringbone stripe pattern, short fringe raw edging, and long blue tassels which adds more texture to the ensemble. Maalbi are based in Biella, Northern Italy – a town famous for its wool processing. Price £69 from Attavanti.

Layer up with a warm overcoat. Ted Baker Ryan Endurance navy overcoat is 90% wool and 10% cashmere. It is also available in maroon. Was £379 and now £303.20 from House of Fraser.

Clashing checks is a sartorial twist, so mix up those checks with Dents Flat cap in blue Abraham Moon Tweed. Price £37 from House of Fraser.

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.

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