Spring Racing Carnival is an event synonymous with sophistication and style. With the weather starting to warm up, it’s the perfect excuse to up the fashion stakes and embrace the trackside festivities.
Now is the time to get acquainted with the season’s emerging trends and start planning your outfits. Check out our handy tips below to ensure you’re always looking your dapper best on course throughout the carnival.
Tailored and polished is a general rule of thumb for men’s spring racing style but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject a little fun. Be sure to let your personality shine through by experimenting with texture, colour and pattern. Quality pieces are paramount and look for styles and cuts to flatter your body type.
Caulfield Cup Day boasts a touch of Malibu glam this year and is an excellent opportunity to add some California groove to your ensemble. Think mix and match tailoring, lightweight fabrics, patterned shirts and exciting pops of colour in the form of embellishments and accessories. The white rose is the official flower of the day so that can be a good place to start when putting together your look.
Victoria Derby Day is a day to keep things traditional, but that doesn’t have to mean boring! A crisp white shirt and slim black tie combo is always a winner (don’t forget the purple cornflower for your buttonhole). Offset the classic monochromatic palette with accessories – a beautiful timepiece, interesting cufflinks, pocket square and maybe even a hat.
The Melbourne Cup is all about colour. Be adventurous, be vibrant, be daring! After the pomp of Derby Day this is your chance to go all out with bold hues. Think grass green, cherry red or baby blue. The key word for the day is fun but also acknowledge any applicable dress codes should you be entering the members or enclosed areas.
While Oaks Day is traditionally for the ladies, that doesn’t mean you have to let them steal your sartorial thunder. Embrace your inner romantic and opt for florals, pastel tones or interesting prints (who doesn’t love a polka dot?). If you’d prefer to get mileage out of a previous suit, switch up your accessories and you’re good to go.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival comes to a close with Stakes Day, a less-formal occasion but no means less stylish. Plain block colours are a great base, and then add a tie in a complementary pattern and you’ve got yourself an understated yet refined look.
Outside of Melbourne there are some exciting Country Cups to attend and while traditionally these don’t attract such strict dress codes, it is a chance to break out the country casual threads. But what does ‘country casual’ mean exactly? Think a well-fitted chino pant, blazer in thick cotton or linen and a great quality shirt. If the sun happens to come out, a Panama or Pork Pie Hat is always a welcoming point of difference.
Three months of excellent spring racing and fashion lie ahead. Are you ready? Don’t forget to polish those shoes gents and we’ll see you at the track. The races are calling!