queens plate outfits

The Queen’s Plate is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America.

The races have attracted A-list celebrities & government officials from across the globe not to mention all levels of the monarchy including the Queen.

Going to the races has always been about making a scene which is why dressing appropriately is so important.

There is no “official” dress code for the Queen’s Plate, but that doesn’t give you the license to wear some tattered jeans and a tee! The Gotstyle man knows that dressing up isn’t a one-time thing, it’s a lifestyle – Dress Better. Do Better!

What To Wear:

Generally speaking, you should think dandy, colourful, fun, and British. You’ll be surrounded by lush green lawns in an almost Alice In Wonderland type setting. It’s basically a classy AF costume party.

  • Try to mix and match patterns. The rule of thumb for pattern mixing is that the size scale of your pieces should be different. (Big check blazer, small check shirt).
  • Go bold! Ever wondered when you were going to be able to wear those impulse (pink, green, red, blue) pants again? Have a bright suit that you’ve been wanting to let out of the closet? This is your time to let them out!

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  • Accessories! This event is all about “peacocking”. The bolder you go the more attention you’re bound to get. The best way to do this is with hats, scarves, bright ties and pocket squares. Stick to three to avoid looking too costumey, and the same rules apply to pattern mixing here.
  • Millinery: You’ll see a lot of this at The Queens plate. Bold Hats for men and crazy fascinators/hats for women. This year the official milliner of the Queen’s Plate is David Dunkley.

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  • Wear funky shoes! Sneakers just won’t do for an event like this. You need a classic shoe in a bold or neutral colour. Something like these brogue oxford shoes. A well-made shoe in a fun pattern that still respects classic menswear.

The Gotstyle man knows that dressing up isn’t a one-time thing, it’s a lifestyle. We put together some more inspiration for your outfit. Thanks to David Dunkley for the hat & fascinators.

Here are four looks from Gotstyle that would rock the Queen’s Plate!

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Outfit Details: Conor is wearing a hat by David Dunkley, GS Launch white dress shirt $95, Moods of Norway dress pants $139.50, Gotstyle double monkstrap leather dress shoes $295, Gotstyle suspenders $25 and Jin Quin skinny tie $20

Sophie is wearing a Velvet Lace off the shoulder dress $218  and TIger of Sweden heels $240

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Outfit Details: Conor is wearing a hat by David Dunkley, Haspel Gravier seersucker blazer $650 and pants $195, Ted Baker print shirt $169, Paradigma fancy brogues $375, Anderson’s stretch woven belt $160 and Doro lapel pin $19

Sophie is wearing a Keepsake fitted mini dress $260 and Tiger of Sweden heels $249

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Outfit Details: Haspel Gravier seersucker blazer $650 and pants $195, Ted Baker print shirt $169, Anderson’s stretch woven belt $160 and Doro lapel pin $19

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Outfit Details: Conor is wearing a Weekend Offender nash brid print shirt $115, Vito solid cotton short $89, Tiger of Sweden Hoyt cotton blazer $384 and Van Gils trilby hat $115

Sophie is wearing an Ecru sleeveless silk blouse $225 and Ted Baker floral party skirt $289

Check Out Last Year’s Outfit Inspiration Below

Vito Cotton Twill Pant: $88 Shop Now
Sand Cotton Linen Blazer: $550 Shop Now
Franco Negretti Print Shirt: $168
Matteo Massimo Paint Splattered Shoe: $475 Shop Now

Tiger Of Sweden Pieter Print Shirt: $199
Moods Of Norway Oluf Pinstripe Linen Jacket: $398
Moods Of Norway Pinstripe Linen Shorts: $165
Jin Qun Silk Pocket Square: $20
Tiger of Sweden Vince Raffia Leather Shoe: $229 Shop Now
John Varvatos Straw Fedora: $85 Shop Now

Van Gils Elvy Windowpane Jacket: $495
A. Christensen Linen Pocket Square: $45
Tiger Of Sweden Herris Pants: $229
Ted Baker Bachh Stripe Floral Shirt: $198 Shop Now
Matteo Massimo Two Tone Cap Toe Shoe: $275 Shop Now

A Christensen Tie: $95 Shop Now
Stenstroms Check Shirt: $228
Tombolini Cotton Suit: $795
Tombolini Cotton Vest: $225
Prime Bergamo Box Calf Shoe: $375 Shop Now

Tiger Of Sweden Herris Pants: $199 
Haight & Ashbury Ashton Shirt: $120
Tiger Of Sweden Bowtie: $85
Gsus Honeycomb Blazer: $276 Shop Now
Matteo Massimo Monk Strap Shoe: $450 Shop Now

Dibi Knit Tie: $55 Shop Now
Gotstyle Gingham Shirt: $165 
J Brand Tyler Slim Jean: $ 218
Blue Industry Half Lined Blazer: $275
Matteo Massimo Brogue Shoe: $275 Shop Now

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Shop Our Summer Sale

June 28, 2016

Visit us in store and online to shop our summer sale!

A great selection of summer items is now 30% off. Sportcoats, dress shirts, lightweight sweaters, trousers and more. It’s the perfect time to add to your wardrobe.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store that is part of our summer sale. If you are shopping online use the code “EXTRA30” and get 30% off summer sale items.

Visit here for our store hours and locations, and we are open during the long weekend.

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Outfit details:
Sand – Star Soft Check Blazer $750 now $375
Tiger of Sweden – Whitman Cotton Stretch Cuffed Pants $229 now $49
Lab – Colour Block Crew Neck Sweater $195 now $136.50

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Outfit details:
Mastai Ferretti – Solid Slim Fit Stretch Shirt $150 now $75
Hilton – Stretch Wool Suit $798 now $239

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Outfit details:
Van Gils – Micro Floral Print Shirt $195 now $136.50
Oscar of Sweden – Geo Flower Print Shirt $198 now $49
Strellson – Jamie Mini-Herringbone Dress Shirt $148 now $103

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Outfit details:
Daily – Tan Chino Pant $95 now $49
Globe – Goodstock Cotton Chino $70 now $37.50
Daily – Black Chino Pant $95 now $49

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Outfit details:
Kent and Curwen – Reversible Print Bomber Jacket $595 now $297.50
Tiger of Sweden – Hayes Multi Colour Crew Neck Sweater $269 now $188
DL1961 – Russell Slim Fit Denim $198 now $139


A common question we get is “what are lapel pins?”

Ever wonder what the purpose of a lapel pin is or what that little buttonhole in your lapel is for? We’re here to tell you.

Everyone wants to express their own individuality and accessories are the perfect way to do that. Lapel pins can be symbolic for organizations and causes or purely decorative. They have evolved from when men used to wear living flowers on their lapels called boutonnieres. One of the most popular styles are flowers made of cotton or felt which are meant to resemble boutonnieres.

Casual lapel pins with cartoon characters or funny sayings have become a huge trend. They can be worn with off-duty outfits or even with blazers and suits when it’s appropriate.

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Dead Ringers Lapel Pins available in stores

Types of Lapel Pins

The pin through/stick pin is the most common type of backing consist of a long stem and a collar to secure the pin. This pins through the buttonhole of the lapel and is the most elegant backing. Hook & Furl, a fellow Canadian brand, has some beautiful handmade ones.

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Photo credit: Hook & Furl

The butterfly clutch is popular because you don’t necessarily need a hole in the lapel to wear one. This backing consists of a tack pin that fastens on a clutch. When both sides of the clutch are pushed, the tack pin is released. This design is favoured for casual pins because it can be pinned anywhere from hats to bags to collars to chest pockets, and etc.


Now that we have the basic knowledge of the lapel pins, we will now look at the basic rules of wearing them.

  1. A lapel pin should always be worn on your left lapel. This is so that it helps to compliment your pocket square.
  2. A lapel pin should be appropriate for the occasion. Lapel pins can come in a variety of styles and looks. Wearing a casual looking pin in a formal event would be inappropriate, and vice versa.
  3. The colour of the pin should be complimentary to the outfit. It can be used to tie in a colour scheme of an outfit.
  4. If a metal part shows on the lapel pin, it should match the metal details on your watch, tie-bar, or belt.


Whether you decide to wear a lapel pin or not, it is a great accessory to add a personalized touch to an outfit. Lapel pins don’t have to be limited to formal wear, as more casual lapel pins exist. Just remember the rules of wearing a lapel pin, and you should be able to complete the look of any outfit.

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Selected spring sportcoats, suits, shirts and more will be marked down to 30% off the regular price as of June 29th.

But– of course, our loyal customers shop first and save the most. We don’t want you to miss your chance to get in on the deals. Download the Gotstyle Mobile app like… now, and get pre-sale privilege AND qualify an additional 10% off.

Here’s how to shop the sale early.

1. Download the Gotstyle Mobile App

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3. Add a credit card

4. Come shopping!

Once you’re registered you can come in between June 22-29 for additional 10% off the sale. *You must download and register with the app to qualify for the pre-sale and additional sale promotion.

Enjoy sale season with more sizes, more options, and even more discounts.

Note: Regular sale dates start June 29th – TBD.

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Questions? E-mail our mobile team now.

shorts for men

There’s a new breed of shorts in town.

Shorts for men are changing. Have you noticed? Walk into any shopping mall looking for men’s shorts and you’ll see the short length has come up quite a bit. This has left guys all over the world asking the question: “How short should my shorts be?”

We’re going to answer that question, but first, let’s talk about why you should wear shorter shorts.

  1. Shorter shorts will make you look slimmer
  2. Shorter shorts will make you look taller
  3. See #1 and #2 … what else do you want– really?!

Shorts for men actually look better when they’re shorter. An extra couple inches’ goes a long way. Check this image out below.
long and short shorts for men

The shorts on the left are below the knee. The extra fabric shortens this guys legs actually making him appear shorter. The width of the short is a lot wider than his legs. With an extra inch or two of fabric on either side! This extra creates the appearance of  thick thighs. No not a solution for skipping leg day… it won’t look proportionate!

The new styles of shorts for men are different in two major ways.

  1. They are cut shorter (most commonly 2-4 inches above the knee)
  2. They’re slimmer through the leg. The leg holes more closely mimic the shape of your legs. Yes, this means they are tighter, but it no doesn’t mean that they need to stick to you like glue!

 How short should you go?

Well, that depends on how tall you are. But, at least 2 inches above the knee is a good starting point. Try on a few pairs at different lengths to see what you’re comfortable in. Once you’ve found the sweet spot you can update your old pairs.

Take your old shorts to your tailor and have them brought up a few inches. Or, with denim or cotton shorts try cuffing them like you would your pants.

Now that you’ve seen the difference a few inches can do. It’s time to find shorter shorts that hit you right where you want them. Here are some of our approved shorter, shorts for men.

Psst… The same new rules apply to shorter swim shorts.