Instant Upgrades to your Royal Ascot Ensemble

Instant Upgrades to your Royal Ascot Ensemble

Gentlemen, if you haven't already organised your morning suit for Royal Ascot next week then you are cutting it pretty fine! Our recommendation would be to come and see us as soon as possible, and hope that you don't need to make any significant alterations (hopefully you're handy with a needle and thread).

For those of you who already have a morning suit, but don't want to attend the greatest racing event on earth in the exact same ensemble as last year, then this article is for you! Put simply, the key change you can make is with your waistcoat, which can completely transform your look. Luckily we have one of, if not the largest waistcoat collections in the world, and very eclectic it is too.

 
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Pastel tones are the most traditional style, especially sky blue, and they are all equally resplendent with black, charcoal, and navy blue morning suits. The double-breasted style with the squared off hem and beautiful sweeping lapels is widely regarded as that bit more formal than its single-breasted relative, and we have a number of stunning options in wool and silk that will instantly upgrade your look.

Soft, pale pastel tones are excellent because although they inject a good dose of colour into your ensemble, they still allow for you to choose a much bolder tie or pocket square to make a sartorial statement. Our single-breasted pastel options are many, and equally as smart.

The advantage that the single-breasted waistcoat has over its noble brother, the double is where pattern is concerned. The asymmetry of the double-breasted style does not work with geometric patterns or intricate designs, and is much better suited to plain styles, whereas the single-breasted version is perfect for pattern. We have a vast range of patterned waistcoats at Favourbrook, each bringing it own bold and confident aesthetic to a formalwear look.

Ties and pockets squares are your final elements of sartorial real estate, and despite their size, can pack a real punch. A great tie can completely transform an otherwise mediocre morning suit ensemble, drawing the viewer's gaze to your face. Likewise the pocket square, which can add balance, pattern, and contrast to your look.

If you opt for a patterned waistcoat, then you may be better served going for a plain tie or one with a more muted scheme such as a subtle polka dot or understated geometric pattern. It's quite a skilled clashing patterns with aplomb so it would be advisable to play it safe if your waistcoat is doing all the talking.

We have a vast collection of ties both online and in-store that's well worth an explore in order to find the one that perfectly suits your morning suit. Finally, the pocket square, and diminutive as it might seem, it can still play a large part in the overall finish of your look. At Favourbrook, we prefer contrast pocket squares rather than ones that match the tie or waistcoat. A tonal approach is always effective, too. If your tie or waistcoat is predominantly sky blue for example, then opt for a navy blue pocket square.

A good idea is to pick out a collection from a patterned waistcoat or tie and use that to define the tone of your pocket square. Otherwise, white, cream, and ivory are all good options if you are unsure. Patterns such as stripes and polka dots are also extremely effective i breaking up the uniformity of the morning suit.

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