Nowadays, fashionistas like to dress up for important social functions like horse racing, often completing their outfits with a smart bow tie. Gentlemen can refer to the styling tips below and give full flair to their fashion sense at our Oriental Watch 55th Anniversary Sha Tin Trophy “Gentlemen's Bow Tie Raceday” on Sunday, October 23. Show us your best gentleman's look!
Go for something contemporary and sartorial like a two-piece suit or blazer/trousers combo with a fitted, youthful silhouette. Black is suitable but more contemporary still are navy or grey. Choose minimal patterns like windowpane check and pinstripes.
You can mix and match jacket and trousers at your leisure, but no denim. Alter trousers to skim the top of your footwear.
Keep the shirt in harmony with your suit or blazer – a neutral tone like blue, white or grey for a checked or striped jacket, low-key checks like ginghams or tartans for a plain blazer. Collars and cuffs should look crisp and sharply pressed.
Invest in a new pair if it’s a special event, or give tired old leather a fresh polish. Go for the black or dark brown Oxford style. Formal loafers and slippers in classic browns, navies and muted blacks can be a newer take on footwear. Monk strap shoes are the new kids on the block.
If your shirt or suit has a pattern, choose a simple bow tie in a complementary colour and texture. If you opted for a plainer shirt and suit, you can go for a bolder pattern.
For a classic look, pocket squares will add depth to the attire, providing an excellent opportunity to show off your personality. They should be silk and neutral in colour if your jacket is vivacious, or patterned and primped for monochrome jackets.
Now’s the time to show off different kind of leather belt. Suede belts are also a nice touch for texture while designer logo belt buckles are attention-seeking.
A fine gentleman will be in a well-tailored waistcoat with an elegant chained pocket watch to stand above the crowd.
Complete your look off with calf-length socks that complement your trousers or another colour in your outfit. Coloured or patterned socks offer great opportunity to show off your personality.
A clean yet memorable scent will add depth to your looks. Keep the fragrance simple for a fresh edgy look or use stronger scents for a sartorial presence.