Guide To Melbourne Cup Carnival Dress Codes
The Melbourne Cup and the Melbourne Cup Carnival are the highlights of the Australian racing calendar. With the Melbourne Cup literally being 'the race that stops a nation', it's a day that I have always enjoyed and have fond memories of, even as a kid growing up in Brisbane who couldn't be farther from the action.
At primary school our teacher used to wheel a TV into the classroom so we could all watch the big race and we'd hold Melbourne Cup sweeps where we'd all randomly draw a horse to cheer on in the big race; a tradition still carried out at workplaces all over the country. Fast forward to today and I'm lucky to now also call Melbourne home and be a regular attendee during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and other racedays throughout the year.
Now you could be forgiven for thinking that the main (or mane) drawcard of the Spring Racing Carnival is the horses, but for us girls the fashion often takes centre stage. And with different "dress codes" for each day, it can be difficult to keep up! So, if you're planning on heading along to Flemington or attending a raceday function elsewhere around the country, we've got the rundown on the dress codes to make your fashions on the field game, a winning one!
Derby Day is the one day of the Spring Racing Carnival when tradition reigns supreme with the classic dress code of black and white. Whether you don one colour from head to toe or mix and match with a bit of both, monochrome magic is what it's all about! Stray from the dress code at your own peril, but feel free to add a splash of personality in your accessories with a coloured clutch or slick of red lipstick.
'The Race That Stops A Nation' is the main attraction in the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This is the day to go all with your outfit selection. There's no such thing as too loud, too bright, too bold, or too much for the Cup! Frock up in your most fabulous dress or mix things up with a pantsuit combo. Millinery is a must for any major raceday, but particularly so for Melbourne Cup. I mean, if you haven't experienced the struggle of trying to fit into a car wearing a massively high fascinator or hat, have you even been to the races?!
Oaks Day, otherwise known as Ladies Day is all about the fillies. Break out the floral finery and head to Flemington with your besties. This mid-week meeting is best suited to feminine floral and frills teamed with fascinators; the girlier, the better!
The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Stakes Day and is traditionally known as family day. A quieter and more relaxed day than most of the other race days, it's perfect to bring the kids to and enjoy a picnic on the lawns, enjoy the kid-friendly activities and entertainment or just relax with your friends. This is the day to mix things up; a pantsuit combo, a tailored jumpsuit and cape blazer or skirt and top combo is an easy relaxed way to enjoy the final day of the Carnival.
Giddy up and enjoy your Melbourne Cup Carnival! What do you love about the races; what's your favourite raceday? Let us know in the comments below!