Men’s Fashion Guide – Jumps Season

Features | 16th October 2016

While the jumps season is a little more relaxed in terms of dress code, smart attire is still encouraged at the larger courses such as Ascot and Cheltenham. 

Of course, dressing for the winter weather is a must, and tweeds, wools, and thicker fabrics form the basis of a stylish jumps season outfit. Some courses are much more relaxed however, allowing for the most practical of raceday outfits. Here, we offer suggestions on a scale of smart to practical, to see you through the season in style.


While dressing for the jumps season is more relaxed that its flat counterpart, smart dressing is still sometimes necessary. However, this need not call for full suits – a co-ordinating jacket and trousers will see you through in the style stakes. Tweeds and chunky wool fabrics are essential for keeping out the chill on a winter day, and can be layered over sweaters and shirts for a versatile and adaptable outfit. Pick interesting colours and textures in accessories to stand out from the crowd.

In the potentially inclement weather that prevails throughout the jumps season, a standout coat would serve any racegoer well. This classic, smart, and warm style by Daks ticks all the right boxes. Pair your overcoat with a shirt and jumper in complementing hues – add an accessory like a hat to lift the outfit in the fashion stakes. These damson hues are in keeping with Autumn’s top fashion trends, while keeping a classic look.

Styles like this example are ideal for more relaxed race meetings. A Waxed jacket and wellington boots are popular choices on wet race days, and will ensure you’re able to stay until the last race. Choose a colourful shirt to keep the look interesting and brighten the dark weather, and combine with a modern warm hat to help you brave the elements.

This look caters to more Winter temperatures as keen racegoers continue to head to the track in the depths of the jumps season. A down-filled jacket is sure to keep you warm, and a practical sweatshirt will look polished and stylish. Complementing hues keep this look contemporary and fashion-forward.

Look to catwalk trends for the most fashion-conscious looks. Shearling abounded at the Autumn/Winter shows, and suede was also a key texture. Standout separates like this jacket, jumper and boots, will be versatile both on and off the racecourse, and will ensure that your look is eye-catching on the day. Classic jeans are ideal for many racedays, but may not be suitable for some dress codes – check before you travel to avoid mistakes.