Spring Carnival, what to wear and when

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Today is the official launch of the 2021 Melbourne cup carnival, kicking off Australia’s favourite week of glamour, fashion, and sportsmanship across four incredible, fun-filled days. Whether you’re trackside with a glass of bubbly, or celebrating at home, after the year we have had it is a great excuse to get all dressed up and have a little fun.

Time-honoured traditions are often steeped in rules and dress codes, and spring racing is no different. The race you are attending will dictate your race day outfit as they all have a different dress code, and apply to most Australian racecourses. See details on what to wear when, and the do’s and don’ts of race day fashion.

30th October, Penfolds Victoria Derby Day

This is thoroughbred racing at its very best. The dress code: sophisticated monochrome, black and white only.

2nd November, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day

This is the big one: on that famous Tuesday in November. The dresses code: statement pieces, glamour, colour and dazzle.

4th November Kennedy Oaks Day

The tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace. The dress code: a trend towards floral, springtime and feminine silhouettes.

6th November Paramount+ Stakes Day

Friends, fun and the finale of Cup Week, Paramount+ Stakes Day is not to be missed. The dress code: a more relaxed day by the track with a sense of fun. 

Do:

Choose a tasteful, sophisticated outfit, a high standard of dress is always required.

Accessorise with headwear, a clutch and jewellery to complete your look.

Wear sunscreen, you will burn even on a cloudy day.

Have a backup outfit ready in case of race day prep disasters or unseasonal weather.

Have fun and experiment with your race day fashion!

Wear a heel with a wedge or block heel for all-day comfort.

Break your shoes in before the big day.

Make sure you have the right undergarments on.

Consider trousers they can be just as chic as a dress

Opt for an outfit you can re-wear

Bring a jacket to drape over your shoulders as the weather cools in the afternoon.

Don’t:

Wear anything casual like denim, sportswear, untailored pants and jackets, leggings, sneakers or thongs.

Show too much skin – bare midriffs (including cut-outs) are a no-no, as are strapless dresses or spaghetti straps in members’ areas. Avoid shorts and short playsuits.

Choose an outfit with rips or tears, even if they are designer.

Pick a shoe that will sink into the dirt or give you blisters – you’ll be on your feet a lot, and you don’t want to end up barefoot.

Overdo your makeup.

If you are still needing a bit more guidance reach out to our stylist for a little help, or request one of our stylists style you for the big race.

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