Glorious Goodwood is approaching and hopefully the glorious sunshine too.
This is a racing event where gentlemen traditionally don a cool linen suit and a panama hat. The wearing of a linen suit is not obligatory but the following dress codes are:
- Richmond Enclosure: a jacket with shirt and tie or cravat must be worn. Jeans, trainers, shorts and fancy dress are NOT permitted.
- Gordon Enclosure: encouraged to wear a jacket and tie. Tailored shorts are allowed.
- T-shirts, sleeveless tops, sports attire, shorts (except for tailored shorts), ripped/torn jeans and fancy dress are NOT permitted.
- Lennox Enclosure: No formal dress code but fancy dress and sleeveless tops are NOT permitted.
Popular choices for the linen suit are a natural shade or a soft navy. Both are available and at affordable prices from British brand Samuel Windsor.
Single breasted suit jacket in natural or blue. The natural shade has contrasting brown horn effect buttons, whilst the blue jacket has matching blue buttons. Price £85. This brand gives you the option of sleeve length short, regular or long.
Trousers Price £40. Also an option of leg length 27, 29, 31 and 33.
Since 2003, Samuel Windsor has offered great value on men’s handmade leather shoes and quintessential clothing. They say ‘Style has never been so affordable.’
Pale linen suits look great paired with shirts in most hues: the crisp clean look of a white shirt; an elegant tonal look with creams, ivory and beiges; a cool chic look with pastels or the statement look with bold brights.
This season we’re going with a cool blue and white shirt in striped cotton with narrow pointed collar from Remus Uomo. Price £59.95.
A woven belt is usually deemed too casual to be worn with a suit, but the linen suit is an exception. This classic brown belt from Elliot Rhodes has been woven by hand in Spain using Italian calf leather. The buckle from Italy has a roller effect design and made of solid brass in aged gold finish. Price £119.50.
The sartorial rule is to match your belt and shoes in colour and leather finish, so pair with Dune’s woven Salvation saddle loafer in brown. Less formal than the Oxford shoe, the loafer complements the linen suit and creates a relaxed elegant look. Price £145.
Time to wear a watch that manages to make a statement whilst also being elegantly classic. The Arctic Klinga from Triwa comes in brushed light gold with an ice blue face and dark brown Swedish organically tanned leather strap. Price £149.
Triwa stands for TRansforming the Industry of Watches and was founded in Stockholm in 2007 by four friends with the purpose to transform the watch into a modern style symbol through a combination of classic silhouettes and contemporary Scandinavian simplicity.
Triwa has also extended their product line to include sunglasses and bracelets.
Look cool in their Crystal Folke sunglasses with its silver lens and ice blue transparent acetate frame dipped in brown on the tips of the temple. Price £125.
Top it all with the Panama hat. The Panama hat actually originates in Ecuador. Look suave and also help preserve the traditional artisanal skills in the Andes by purchasing a genuine Panama hat. Pachacuti’s Navigator hat is a classic fedora style Panama hat hand woven in natural straw. Price £75.
Founded by Carry Somers, Pachacuti have been pioneers of fair trade since in 1992 and works to empower rural women in Ecuador.