With Derby Day done and dusted for the year, it’s time to turn our attention to the next day in the Spring Carnival and to push the fashion stakes even higher. Each race day in the Melbourne and Sydney Cup Carnival has an individual fashion dress code and it can become a little tricky knowing what you should or should not wear. But here at Heather McDowall, we’ve got you covered!
The Big Day – Emirates Melbourne Cup
The Emirates Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous race, held on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse. As its always been said it is “The race that stops a nation” and so should your fashion! This is the racing event to go bold or go home, creativity, colour and bold statements are all a must have.
What to wear:
The Melbourne Cup is a day of strong fashion and style, think prints and bright colours. Steer clear of fascinators and opt instead for a bold and fashion forward headpiece, but always remember to complement it to your outfit. Hair and Make-up are equally as important and should reflect your style and outfit. If you are going for a bright, printed dress opt more for a clean and fresh face, such as peachy and blush tones.
Ladies Day – Crown Oaks Day
The Crown Oaks Day is essentially a garden party at the races! Regarded as Ladies’ day, your outfit should be a feminine ensemble with romantic and delicate features. The winner of The Myer Fashion on the Field is also announced on this day, so don’t be afraid to push the fashion boundaries.
What to wear:
The Crown Oaks Day is all about feminine silhouettes, delicate fabrics such as lace or silk and colours of pastels and creams. If you choose a floral dress, stick to simple accessories and a modern design. Finish off the look with a floral headpiece or a crown. Have fun and embrace this feminine style for the day.
The last hooray – Emirates Stakes Day
The Emirates Stakes Day is the final race day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The day is known for its relaxed, garden party atmosphere and is regarded as the carnival’s family day but does not mean you need to comprise your style!
What to wear:
Think low key, casual chic, relaxed but still festive! This is the day to have fun in a youthful and relaxed look such as jumpsuits, separates or a playful dress. Comfort is key, stick to loose tailoring and billowing dresses. Your fashion should be fun and not too structured. When choosing a headpiece, go for a casual and understated style. Lace visors or a straw wide brimmed hat is a fun alternative.
Never forget the golden rules of Spring Racing fashion:
- Whilst each race day has regimented fashion codes, it’s important to bring your individual style and personality to the outfit. You want to stand out of the crowd for the good reasons!
- Always watch your hemline! Make sure your hemline isn’t too far above your knees, this is the Spring Carnival not a night club.
- Block heels are your friend! This is a day to get dressed up in your finest and let me tell you there’s nothing less classy then shoes being held in your hands next to that class of champagne. Invest in some comfy but stylish block heels and make sure you can walk on the grass
- Choose a unique and bold headpiece! Nothing is more race day then a fabulous headpiece (ok maybe horses but hey when else can you wear these gorgeous creations)
For all style guides and details of the clothing head to to the style guides page.