Cheltenham Festival 2017 – Ben Leo gets all the latest fashion tips for this yr's Festival – The Sun
RACECARD? Examine. Beer cash? Examine. Dapper outfit sorted? Not till you’ve learn this.
Sightings of dodgy shirts, naff trousers and scruffy footwear can be an absolute banker in Gloucestershire this week.
In actual fact one Cheltenham banker is that loads of us will fall at the first hurdle in the Festival fashion stakes over the coming days.
However concern not.
The Favorite has teamed up with designer to the stars, Gresham Blake, to make sure punters gallop into the motion trying as sharp as Dessie round Kempton on Boxing Day.
The likes of Led Zeppelin and bookies’ favorite Ray Winstone are huge admirers of Blake’s quirky clobber.
But decking out in trendy race gear isn't just confined to the hospitality heroes and Grade One A-listers.
I duly obliged with questionable mannequin duties at Blake’s Brighton base to unearth the hints and tips for trying good on track.
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And Blake had loads of recommendation for me forward of my catwalk debut at this week’s Festival.
He mentioned: “For too lengthy tailoring has been regarded as elitist and, frankly, a bit stuffy.
“It ought to be accessible and pleasant — whether or not you’re a businessman, banker or builder.
“Cheltenham is all about having enjoyable and in addition trying a bit flash, however not in the formal Royal Ascot sense.
“We’re going to need deep pockets for all that money you’ll rinse the bookies of and a little bit of threat-taking too.
“As a result of that’s what Cheltenham is all about, proper?”
For somebody used to a pair of denims and Barbour jacket at Fontwell, I used to be eased into the fashion lark with a easy however trendy quantity.
Assume Hurricane Fly blue, however barely deeper, with a smattering of checks and slimline match.
The floral shirt might be ditched for one thing much less in-your-face for those that don’t dig Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
And Gresham insists ties aren’t at all times a necessity at the races, so don’t be afraid to get these grizzly chests out.
However keep in mind the fancy crimson pocket sq. when you determine to swerve the neckwear.
Blake mentioned: “Sometimes it’s good to not put on a tie, however at all times keep in mind the sq. when you determine to ditch it.
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“It subtly provides you one thing else in the absence of a tie and in this occasion, with the informal blue, it provides character.
“When carrying blues I like so as to add browns and greens. They are saying ‘blue and inexperienced ought to by no means be seen’ — however they are saying a number of foolish issues.
“Be courageous and take dangers at the races.”
The blue trousers and jacket are available at round £450, so hold your fingers crossed that weekend acca comes up trumps.
Subsequent up was a shirt that may get the pores and skin crawling in additional methods than one. Suffering from creepy crawlies, Blake reckoned it was a becoming tribute to the superb open air that Cheltenham prides itself on.
A brown tweed jacket and trousers coaxed out the interior Nigel Farage whereas a clashing inexperienced tie accomplished the look.
He mentioned: “The shirt with the bugs is nice.
“We’re out out in the nation at Cheltenham so lets have the bugs working riot beneath a tie that barely clashes, which is an indication you’re up for fun and taking of venture.
“With the footwear we’ve caught with a easy pair of black and brown footwear, which go properly with the brown colors.
“Footwear is at all times essential.
“You wish to look good but in addition keep in mind you’re going to be standing round lots and strolling between the betting ring, paddock and bar.
“They wish to be comfy.”
Gresham started telling me a couple of first-time punter pal who cleaned up at Cheltenham final yr by selecting nags with good names.
He was pressured to cease the story after noticing I used to be doing up the backside button of my suave jacket.
Blake intervened: “Undo that. It’s poor kind.”
Requested the place the rule got here from, he mentioned: “I’m not fully positive however there’s just a few tales that go round.
“One is that in the early 1900s King Edward VII cherished his meals an excessive amount of and was so fats he couldn’t do it up.
“No one needed to trigger him offence so they only copied him and it’s caught ever since.
“So males, when you’re a royalist, follow the rule. And when you’re not, nonetheless follow it as a result of it simply isn’t executed.”
The third and ultimate outfit was simply the most outlandish.
Black, gray and white verify trousers with matching waistcoat and jacket - partnered with a plain white shirt and yellow floral tie. And when you seemed laborious sufficient you might most likely discover a crossword or two woven into the material.
Assume John McCririck after one too many G&Ts.
Blake gushed: “I like the gingham go well with. It’s the kind of factor you’d discover again in the day of Brighton Rock, up at the racecourse bookies could be carrying precisely this.
“It’s a powerful go well with. It makes you seem like you should win a pleasant wager carrying it.
“Male racegoers particularly can now begin taking extra dangers like this.
“For years women have been the ones mixing stuff up whereas the guys hold it straight and conventional.
“Take a punt of a special form and also you’ll see how simply it may possibly repay.”
Honest sufficient if the fashion sport isn’t your cup of tea and also you’d moderately consider the racing.
However whether or not you’re decked out in tweed or choose Reebok Classics and a polo, we’re all in it collectively come .30pm tomorrow.