Melbourne Cup Carnival - What to Wear

The race days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival each present with their own signature style, giving racegoers a unique opportunity to match their outfits to the mood of the day.

If you’re a newcomer to the scene or perhaps in need of a little refresher, we’ve got everything you need to know about what to wear each day of the carnival.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Flower of the Day: Blue Cornflower

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with the elegance and tradition of AAMI Victoria Derby Day, a glamorous occasion nodding back to the racing days of old. Monochrome is the palette of the day and it’s quite the delight to look out onto the lawns of Flemington bathed in a sea of black and white.

Ladies often stick to a classic structured look with a classic wide brimmed hat, however you inject some colour through metallic accessories or a bold lip while men generally sport a grey or black tailored suit with a tie or bow tie.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day

Flower of the Day: Yellow Rose

Channel the excitement and colour of Lexus Melbourne Cup Day into your outfit by making a statement. The scale and fanfare of Australia’s greatest horse race is like no other, so don’t be afraid to go bold.

Ladies can have fun with colours and prints expertly paired with statement millinery and bright accessories. Men can also take the opportunity to be daring in the suit department, experimenting with unusual colours and statement blazers or ties.

Kennedy Oaks Day

Flower of the Day: Pink Rose

Kennedy Oaks Day, known as Ladies Day is a time to embrace your feminine side and showcase all things romantic and beautiful. Florals, pastels and embellishment are your friend today!

Ladies, opt for flowing silhouettes featuring a well-placed ruffle or lace detailing for a flirty feel. Pair with beautiful metallic accessories or an on-trend straw boater hat and you’re ready to go. Men take this opportunity to make a statement, with neutral separates offset with a pastel or bright patterned shirt and tie combo.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day 

Flower of the Day: Red Rose

The Grand Finale to Cup Week comes with a relaxed vibe but is no less stylish than the other race days of Melbourne Cup Carnival so be sure to look your garden party best.

Ladies can opt for a lower heel and swap the dress for a full-length jumpsuit or on-trend pantsuit with simple, yet elegant accessories. Men swap out the suit for a chino and sports jacket combo with stylish pocket square and matching tie.

Now that you’ve got your week of looks sorted, it’s time to hit the track, we look forward to seeing you at your stylish best this Melbourne Cup Carnival. Giddy up, the races are calling!