5 style tips for the Dubai World Cup

Expert sartorial advice to ensure you're the best dressed man at this year's races.

March 24, 2016

The pinnacle event in Dubai’s high-society calendar rolls around this weekend, with the city descending on Meydan Racecourse dressed in their finest threads.

For many, the Dubai World Cup is not actually about the races - although if you do take a vetted interest, Godolphin’s ride Frosted is this year’s favourite.

For most though, Saturday will be about looking a million dollars, and acting like you’re worth the same.

Samrat Amarnani, managing director of Collars & Cuffs in Dubai, has given us some style pointers to ensure you look your best. With the prizes at the Jaguar Style Stakes including a six-month long free lease of a Jaguar F-Type, Longines watches, cash prizes and hotel stays, we suggest you heed his advice. 

1. Wear a suit

As the perfect accent to a day of decadence and style, what better to wear to the races than a bespoke suit? A day at the races should be a fun, special occasion, and you don’t want to look the same as you do from day to day. Thus, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your own personality and add a bit of style and colour to an outfit. 

You can try different colours such as plum, light or dark blues, and patterns work well too – rather than a plain grey colour, try a modern checkered pattern in medium grey.

2. Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to use various colour palettes that will make you stand out from the crowd. This type of fashion has become increasingly popular and is a trend I personally love. For this to work, you have to make sure that you find trousers, a shirt and a jacket which complement each other well, which is not always an easy task.

Using core colours is a good way to make sure everything matches; dark blue or navy trousers should work with a grey jacket and a light blue shirt. On the flip side, some light beige trousers with a navy jacket and a classic white shirt is always a winner. 

3. Smart feet

Your footwear should be smart, so we’re talking shoes, not trainers. That said, it doesn’t mean they have to be boring. In terms of colour and style, they should blend in well with the rest of your outfit. If you’re going for a more colorful look with separate jacket and trousers or chinos, you could try a pair of brogues that can still be smart but inject some colour into your footwear, or a pair of smart suede shoes. 

Speaking from my own experience, men should focus on investing in a well-fitted suit. Match your belt to your shoes and think about the details. Cufflinks, tie bars and pocket squares are great accessories that can really set your look off while adding instant class and style. Salman Sultan, judge at the 2016 Jaguar Style Stakes.

4. Calm your shirt

If you’re going to inject some colour into your look with the suit/jacket/trousers, you’ll want to calm down the colour palette and neutralise your look with a shirt in a timeless colour such as white, grey or blue. A bright white shirt will go with almost anything and looks good with a tie. 

5. Don’t forget the extras

Being smart is all about the little details. You’ll want a tie to go with your shirt and jacket combination, so make it a good one. Again, just because a tie is formal doesn’t mean it has to be plain and boring. The tie’s colour and pattern should ideally compliment the shirt and jacket. Regular patterns and stripes are excellent choices and add more of an edge than a plain tie would. 

You’ll want a pocket square too, depending on the rest of the outfit. There is one thing to keep in mind: the pocket square should make a contrast with your suit jacket. If it doesn’t it will be very hard to spot and be pretty much useless. The pocket square doesn’t necessarily need to be in congruence with the tie. It can have one or even two colours in common.

With these simple tricks, you will definitely stand out amongst the crowd, and give you the best chance of winning in the Jaguar Style Stakes. 

Samrat Amarnani is the managing director of Collars & Cuffs, located in Sunset Mall, Dubai. Visit collarsandcuffs.ae.

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