It’s that time of year again – the sun is starting to burst through the clouds and there’s a buzz in the air. Spring Racing Carnival is well underway, and we’re here to help you plan your race day outfit – so you can look stylish, while following the right dress code with ease.
Derby Day always kick starts the Melbourne Cup Carnival in style, and this year it’s on Saturday 4 November. An excellent example of classic elegance, Derby Day is one of the most important days in the Spring Racing Calendar, and has a strict monochrome dress code. Planning your outfit is important, opt for all-black, all-white or a mix of the two.
Although black and white can seem a little boring for spring, opt for unexpected silhouettes, textured fabrics, tailored separates or statement millinery to stand out.
Melbourne Cup Day
Melbourne Cup Day is one of the most prestigious events in horse racing, and really is the race that stops the nation. This year it’s on Tuesday 7 November, taking place at the iconic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Melbourne Cup is the must-attend event for every fashion loving woman.
While there’s no set rules, the standard Spring Racing dress code applies, appropriate dressing – think knee length or longer cocktail dresses. Don’t be scared of colour, dramatic silhouettes, unique design details like ruffles, flounces, statement sleeves and laser cut details.
Crown Oaks Day is the ‘Ladies Day’ of Spring Racing Carnival, and this year, it’s on Thursday 9 November. Crown Oaks Day is all about femininity, and invites women to look and feel beautiful in a ladylike manner. Think feminine florals and subtle, subdued hues like pastel pink and blue. Delicate fabrics with a touch of luxury add to the femininity – try silk, lace, satin or chiffon.
Stakes Day is traditionally known as ‘family day’ at Flemington, and is the least formal day of the Spring Racing Calendar. Aim to find a balanced look that is still classic and stylish, yet relaxed. Separates are a great choice for Stakes Day, though a dress or jumpsuit looks just as gorgeous. Softer silhouettes, a more casual, comfortable shoe and understated millinery look more at home on Stakes Day.