Thursday, June 27, 2013

Style: The Vodacom Durban July featuring Le Vrai Winston

Following yesterday's post on ideas and inspiration for what gentlemen can wear to the Durban July I knew I would be doing this kind of post. Earlier this year I reached out to Winston Chesterfield of Le Vrai Winston and enlisted his help in putting together a post on how to dress for a horse racing event. I have been following his blog for about four years and the man is as dandy as a dandy can be. I really admire his interpretation of personal style, and this is none more evident than in his extensive and expressive use of colour, textures, patterns and fabrics. Really, in preschool while some of us were busy with crayons he was already using oil paint on canvasses. He's that advanced in my opnion. I'll let Winston take it from here.

For me, the racecourse is all about classical style and, most importantly, not wearing a business suit.

When I think of warm racecourses, I think of Panama hats, white suits, spectator shoes, tortoiseshell glasses, cream linen and cotton; interwar glamour and buttoned-up propriety. On their own, a linen jacket and cotton chinos would be comfortable and relatively respectable, but they would lack presence and the sense of occasion that the brass buttoned double breasted waistcoat brings to it.

Cotton trousers - H&M
Waistcoat - TopMan
Linen jacket - H&M (buttons added)
Shirt - T M Lewin
Tie - Passaggio Cravatte
Pocket square - Tie Rack
Shoes - Dune
Hat - River Island

Winston Chesterfield is an amateur composer, fashion blogger, trained lawyer and style aficionado. He lives in Westminster, London and blogs at

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