Although the dress code for the Grand National Festival is not set in stone, racegoers do embrace the special occasion and dress their best for their big day out.

It may be a Jumps festival but many of the racegoers are more townie than tweedy, and the ubiquitous grey work suits are out in force… but why settle for regular when you can reach for rockstar?!

The ladies may shine in their glamorous hats and outfits, but that doesn’t mean you gentlemen can’t give them a run for their money and show off your own sartorial style. Swap that dark work suit for a summer shade – after all the ladies are all set for the Spring/Summer18 season, so why not the gents?

(You can always wear your suit again for the Chester May Festival, The Derby Festival and all the summer racing highlights… see How To Spice Up Your Suit to find out how to adapt your look.)

NOTE: At the time of writing the January sales are just ending and the Spring/Summer18 Collections are due to be released; hyperlinks will take you to the online shops but the specific suit may not be available quite yet… so use this trend guide to either grab a last-minute sale bargain or be first in line to snap up the spring suits as they arrive.

Dashing in Dusty Pink

Pink was all over the men’s catwalk for SS18, from John Lawrence Sullivan’s retro teddy boy suit with high waist slim ankle grazer trousers and long knee length jacket, to Paul Costelloe’s wide legged trousers, a look becoming more and more popular. (Paul Costelloe also available in House of Fraser.)

Whilst not quite baggy, Richard James veers towards the looser fit trousers with his dusty pink wool twill double breasted suit (£845). Worn here with pink butterfly print cotton shirt (£195), brown tipple silk pocket square (£55) and a pair of oxblood two-eyed derby shoes (£365).

For cheaper alternatives:

Try Burton’s mauve suit. Jacket (£69), trousers (£30) worn here with floral shirt (£30) and shoes (£45).

Or take a look at the Noak dusty pink skinny three-piece suit, exclusive to ASOS. Skinny fit single button jacket with notch lapel and square hem (£100), waistcoat with stretch for comfort (£45) and skinny fit trousers (£50).

Chill out with the Blues

If the thought of wearing pink makes you blush then cool down with the blues. But don’t play safe with navy – instead reach for the sky blues or dive for the bright blue lagoon shades.

Sky Blue

Paul & Joe opts for the retro look with high waist ankle grazer slim trousers whilst Paul Costelloe chooses this season’s loose fit trouser style.

Richard James mixes sky blue with grey for an irregular check effect (£795). Worn with blue/white faded tram line cotton shirt (£195), tan parquet silk tie (£95), brown linear strip silk pocket square (£55) and chestnut leather Walton slip on shoes (£395).

Cheaper alternatives:

In greyish blue, Jigsaw Italian tonal unstructured jacket (£350) and tonal unstructured trousers (£150) with Italian tonal check shirt (£98).

Marks and Spencer two-button Collection suit (£149) and double breasted Limited Edition suit (£119).

ASOS pale blue skinny suit in 100% wool. Single button jacket with notch lapels (£100), double breasted waistcoat (£35), skinny fit trousers (£50).

Bright Blue

For a deeper blue go bold and bright as seen (above left) on Richard James‘ blue tropical fleck suit in a wool/silk and linen blend (£1025). Worn with a pink linear strip print cotton shirt (£195), blue spot cluster silk pocket square (£55) and ox blood two-eyed Derby shoes (£365).

Ben Sherman went tonal on the catwalk with medium blue suit and sky blue shirt.

Cheaper alternatives:

Jacamo bright blue suit worn with pink and blue tropical floral short sleeved shirt.

ASOS skinny suit in bright Royal blue. Single button skinny fit jacket with peak lapels and centre back vent (£60); skinny fit trousers (£20).

Dazzling in White

Although you might consider it too summery for April, if you like to stand out, you’ll also be right on trend. Head-to-toe all white gleamed under the SS18 catwalk lights – from Songzio’s mandarin collar and jodhpur trousers to Daks‘ nautical loose fit blazer and trousers.

Dim the dazzle a little with a splash of colour or black for a monochrome look and you will still shine on the day. Daks‘ white cotton blazer (£495), loose fit trousers (£395) and white shirt (£115) are teamed with a diamond patterned wool jumper (£295) and black silk tie (£85).

Cheaper alternatives:

Marks and Spencer two-button Collection suit (£99) worn with Collection polo shirt (£15).

ASOS Exclusive: Noose & Monkey super skinny white suit. Single button jacket with shawl lapels (£145), double breasted waistcoat (£50) and super skinny fit trousers (£55).

Green with Envy

Go nuts over Richard James‘ pistachio double breasted twill wool suit jacket (£575). Both jacket and trousers work well as separates or as the full suit. Shown here with tan rustic herringbone cotton shirt (£195), tan stretch cotton twill trousers (£225), pistachio/olive zigzag knitted silk tie (£85), brown tonal pixels silk pocket square (£55) and chestnut leather Walton slip on shoes (£395).

The pistachio wool twill suit trousers (£275) are seen here worn with porridge tuck stitch cotton polo (£395) and snuff unlined suede Walton slip on shoes (£395).

Cheaper alternatives:

Try Burton’s khaki green jacket (£49) and trousers (£30) worn with pink floral short sleeved shirt (£22) and white trainers (£26).

Or, Jigsaw’s Italian cotton linen jacket (£250) and trousers (£110) with racked rib cotton crew neck (£89) and Campbell high top leather trainers (£120).

Check out that look!

Checks are always a classic winner and this season they have been updated in lighter colours.

Daks goes big but muted with a window pane double breasted cotton blazer in light grey (£495) with matching cotton trousers (£395). Worn with white shirt (£115) and spotty grey silk tie (£85).

For a more relaxed but still sartorial look is the Daks large gingham check suit.

Cheaper alternatives:

River Island Prince of Wales check in light muted grey: jacket (£85) trousers (£40).

ASOS Selected Homme grid check skinny suit in medium blue. Single button skinny fit jacket with notch lapel and contains stretch for comfort (£120); Skinny fit trousers (£65).

Show your Stripes

Through thick and thin, stripes have passed this season’s sartorial finish line with flying colours. Jazz it up or tone it down as you please.

Paul Costelloe rocks yellow and blue candy stripes on a pink background whilst Songzio goes all out with jaunty wide awning stripes in blue or pale orange teamed with candy striped collarless shirts.

Daks shows stripes can still make a statement in more subdued shades. Medium Bengal shadow stripe in cool silver grey/white cotton (blazer £495, trousers £395) and paired with white waistcoat (£295), gingham shirt with white rounded collar (£115) and striped tie (£85).

Scan no further for the barcode stripe. Daks‘ cotton three-piece suit (£875) in various shades of grey worn with pale grey cotton shirt with white rounded collar (£115) and silver grey striped silk tie (£85).

Cheaper alternative:

Next chalk stripe suit in pale grey/white jacket (£100.00) trousers (£50.00).

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: www.frumpytofunky.com

For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on contact@frumpytofunky

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