At The Races: Accessorising with a Pocket Watch

Summer brings a whole host of reasons to get suited and booted, especially when it comes to a day at the races! Is there anything better than a whole day of racing and enjoying the buzz of the racecourse while (hopefully) enjoying the Great British summer time? At Pocket Watch, we love seeing our pocket watches worn with pride at race days across the country. Thanks to the resurgence in vintage fashion, these watches are the ideal accessory, especially if you’re splashing out on a classic three-piece suit for the occasion.

Read on for the ultimate guide to race day 2019 fashion, from the events you can’t miss to how to win big in the style stakes!

What to wear at the races

What you wear to the races depends on where you’re going to be. Some stands and areas require you to follow a strict dress code, so it is vital that you check this before you arrive. If you’re not required to go for a full ‘top and tails’ outfit, a general rule of thumb is to wear what you would to a wedding. A three-piece suit is perfect for the races and with plenty of ways to style it in your own way, you can show your personality while also adhering to the dress code.

Our favourite race day suit styles

Monochrome is a great option as it’s a classic that can also be updated. If you don’t fancy going for black/white, opt for a grey suit with white and black accessories for a cool sartorial impact. A flash of colour can also be added through a tie or pocket square if you’re feeling bold!\

Tweed was practically made for days at the races! To avoid looking like a certain bedraggled race day commentator, opt for a slim fit tweed suit in contemporary colours such as burgundy, navy or green.

Make sure your footwear is just as suave as your suit with classic brogues, monk straps or Oxfords in black, dark brown or deep burgundy. After all, ‘the shoes maketh the man’

Suit, jacket & chain

It wouldn’t be a Pocket Watch blog without us telling you how to style your favourite timepiece with your suit! A pocket watch is the perfect finishing touch to a race day outfit and whether you opt for a classic silver or gold style, or you prefer modern rose gold or two-tone pocket watch, there are plenty of options to go round.

For a traditional look, place the watch in your waistcoat pocket, passing the pocket watch chain through a buttonhole and draping in the opposite pocket. For an extra splash of style, you can loop the chain around a button after passing through the buttonhole, ideal if you have a decorative chain that you want to show off.

UK race day schedule 2019

Flat / Jump Month No. Days Event Name Racecourse
Flat July 2 Coral Eclipse Sandown Pk
Flat July 3 July Festival Newmarket
Mix July 4 Killarney July Festival Killarney
Flat July 2 King George Weekend Ascot
Jump Jul/Aug 7 Galway Summer Festival Galway
Flat Jul/Aug 5 Glorious Goodwood Goodwood
Flat August 4 Ebor Festival York
Flat Sept 3 Betfred Sprint Cup Festival Haydock Park
Mix Sept 7 Listowel Harvest Festival Listowel
Flat Sept 4 St Leger Festival Doncaster
Flat Sept 3 Ayr Gold Cup Meeting Ayr
Flat Sept 3 Cambridgeshire Meeting Newmarket
Flat Oct 1 Future Champions Day Newmarket
Flat Oct 1 British Champions Day Ascot
Flat Oct 2 Racing Post Trophy Doncaster
Jump Nov 3 The Open Cheltenham
Jump Nov 3 Bet365 Hennessy Festival Newbury
Jump Dec 2 Tingle Creek Xmas Festival Sandown Park
Jump Dec 2 Winter Festival Kempton Park
Jump Dec 1 Welsh Grand National Chepstow

Horse racing pocket watch

As well as our fantastic array of modern and traditional pocket watches, we also have a collection of horse racing pocket watches that are ideal for all racing fans out there! If you know someone who loves a flutter or you want to update your current timepiece collection, these beautifully designed pocket watches are a great choice.

Available in both a full-hunter and a double-hunter style, these Woodford pocket watches feature an intricate horse racing design and mechanical movement.