Racing Green in Prague

Craig wears an outfit by British menswear brand Racing Green and shows us that classic style that you can wear on any city break

The outfit flatlay as seen on Instagram

Prague has been on my wish list for years! I wanted to go at Christmas, I wanted it to snow, and I wanted the streets to be lined with Christmas markets and twinkle with lights in the magical way that only thousands of LED bulbs and some imagination and willingness to believe can conjure.

Unfortunately I booked our city break a little too early and while still stunning in its architecture and majesty, Prague was just on the brink of its Christmas explosion and we missed it. 

The beautiful architecture of Prague’s old Town Square

The Racing Green shirt

A closer look at the dog tooth pattern

The whole Racing Green look

Even when visiting foreign climes I like to make an effort to look good and show people that not every Englishman dresses like he is about to attend a football game or tend to the garden. We are not all beer swilling yobs and while I appreciate that Prague does see it’s fair share of loud mouthed louts on stag weekends, I hope that I made an impression and changed some perceptions among those I interacted with.

My outfit laid out on our hotel room bed

A close look at he herringbone pattern on the Racing Green tie

Standing in the stunning Old Town Square

Racing Green, established in 1990

As soon as I saw this traditional dog tooth blazer and matching waistcoat I had to have it. While, yes, it might be good to have matching trousers so that you have  a full three piece suit, it’s also nice to be forced to team the jacket and waistcoat with other things, such at these jeans.

Even in Autumn I needed my sunglasses

The detailing on the Racing Green jeans

Another view of the Old Town Square

The Church of Our Lady rises in the background

I really like the contrast when wearing jeans by adding a tie and smart long sleeved shirt. It’s a juxtaposition that I feel really works. It shows a person that is professional and considered, but who also knows how to keep things relaxed.

I fell in love with this doorway

Prague’s Old Town Square

Strolling the streets and cafes of Prague

Time for a city break

So, while we missed prague in all of its Christmassy glory we had an incredible time and I cannot recommend it enough. If you do go check out the Residence 7 Angels which is where we stayed. The rooms are adequate (some are better than others) for the price, but even if you do not stay there please, please, please try the venison and dine at their beautiful restaurant. Great food, stunning surroundings and very reasonable prices.

A look at the Racing Green waistcoat

Taking time out to relax is necessary with our busy lifestyles

I’m still in love with my oxblood brogues

A look at the entire Racing Green outfit

A classic brogue in oxblood leather

Beautiful building at every turn

detailing of the Racing Green blazer

City break in style with Racing Green

I really like it when the leaves fall and make a carpet of ochre

Prague, I miss you already but you are still on my list as I didn’t get to quite see you at that special time of year when the magic really comes alive!

Prague, I miss you already and I will return

GET THE LOOK

‘Ferguson’ Oxblood Leather Brogues – Racing Green

Burgundy Socks – Uniqlo

‘Marr’ Stonewash Slim Fit Jeans – Racing Green

‘Liberty’ Geometric Print Shirt

‘Spencer’ burgundy Herringbone Tie – Racing Green

‘Heath’ Puppytooth Blazer – Racing Green

‘Heath’ Puppytooth Waistcoat – Racing Green

‘Hawker Hurricane Watch – AVI-8

‘Perry’ Sunglasses – Oscar Wylee

Tan Leather Gloves – Zara

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What I Wore Today #39 – Next Menswear in Prague

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us on a trip to the beautiful city of Prague wearing menswear by Next

Perfect menswear for the cooler weather of Prague

We all need a break from time to time right? After spending two weeks of every year, for the last few years, in the African sun on a sun bed we thought we needed something different, something a little more cultural and inspiring.

After visiting Budapest earlier on this year, Prague was recommended as it has similar architecture to that which we enjoyed in Budapest. We were also told to make sure that we dressed for a cooler climate, so I browsed the mens collection at Next for some ideas and placed my order.

The sweater photographed in our hotel suite

The black leather boots, photographed in our hotel suite

Taking in the views near to the Old Town Square

First on my list was a heavy knit sweater with a roll neck to keep out those wintery chills. I opted for an ecru coloured textured knit. This will see me through the winter and can be worn over a t-shirt for extra warmth just as I did.

A closer look at the texture on this sweater

Wearing the roll neck sweater in the Old Town Square

After seeing fur collared winter coats on the catwalk at the Next Christmas Press Day I was smitten. Coats with shearling collars are very on trend right now, but I wanted something a little different, something that suited the city, and something that will take me through the coming party season.

A closer look at the gloves and faux fur collar

Keeping warm while enjoying the sights of the Old Town Square

Stunning buildings at every turn

The view from Starbucks at Prague Castle

I was torn between a wool trouser, something maybe tweedy and more formal and something more casual like cords. I ended up going with cords so that I could wear them smart or casual. 

Footwear had to be boots. The forecast did not say that it would snow but you never know, and I wanted to be prepared. These leather apron boots fitted the bill perfectly, with a thick sole and smarter look, they are very comfortable to wear.

A closer look at the leather boots

The view from Starbucks at Prague Castle

We were in Prague for 4 days but could easily have stayed longer. It’s a stunning city, very friendly and clean. The food was great but more expensive than I expected, comparing the prices to those in Budapest. 

Prague is a little bit further along the tourist road and has become somewhat commercialised as a result. With McDonalds on every other corner and shopping malls with names such as Zara, Topman and Mango to name a few, I was a little taken aback by the number of high street names on offer. 

Archways on the way to the Old Town Square

The Church Of Our Lady Before Tyn rises in the background

Horse drawn carriages ferry tourists between the sights

Strolling around the cobbled streets, 

None of this detracted from the beautiful buildings that presented themselves at every turn, and to be honest it was convenient, if not welcoming to be able to stop at a starbucks for a coffee while walking the cobbled streets. 

Incredible views await you in Prague

At the foot of the Astronomical clock 
Statues on the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square

Breathtaking scenery on the streets of Prague
Keeping out he cold in my faux fur coat and roll neck sweater

Our time in Prague went so quickly, but we managed to see a lot in the few days that we were blessed to be there. The old town square was a delight with incredible views of The Church Of Our Lady Before Tyn.  Wenceslas square however was an absolute disappointment! 

I was expecting a history lesson and an ancient atmosphere which would transport me back a thousand years, but no, this square is nothing but an over illuminated shopping mecca. The streets are lined with more famous names than historical references which was a bit of a shock for me. 

Wenceslas Square at night, lined with big named shops 

At the Astronomical Clock 

Inside our hotel. The residence 7 Angels on Jilska

Carvings for days on this huge oak door

Taking time to take in the views

Sunglasses helped with the bright autumn sun

Autumnal colours and perfect winter wear

But all that said, I loved my time in Prague and look forward to returning, maybe in the spring or maybe in the thick of winter when snow tumbles from the skies and the streets are packed with christmas markets.

The John Lennon wall and pub were an interesting stop off, but the highlight has to be the evening Jazz Cruise on the Vltava River, seeing the sights at night, beautifully lit while enjoying great food and a glass of Czech wine cannot be beat, and I’d happily do it again every night for the rest of my life.

THE CLOTHING

Black Leather Apron Boots – Next – £65.00

Black Corduroy Trousers – Next – 32.00

Ecru Textured Knit Roll Neck Sweater – Next – 28.00

Charcoal Faux Fur Collar Coat – Next – £120.00

Grey Herringbone Leather Gloves – Next – 22.00

Aviator Sunglasses – Primark – £2.00

Fur Hat – H&M – 12.00

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