At the races

Thursday, April 8, 2010
It's the Grand National tomorrow. Sadly I shan't be going - I'll be watching on TV - but for those of you who do go, it's nice to make the effort to look smart. Although there's no specific dress code, and it's a much less formal event than Royal Ascot, appropriately smart country attire is traditional at race events.

Brown suits or odd jackets are a good bet, as is a silk scarf and a decent covert coat to stave off the cold. Knee-high riding boots may be a bit much for the average spectator (although don't let me stop you, if you really feel the need) but thick-soled derbies, or even chelsea boots, might be a good move if you're likely to end up tramping around in damp grass.

Of course, the thing to really appreciate in the above picture is the importance of keeping a decent supply of drink with you.