What to Wear to Spring Racing Carnival in 2017


Ladies, it’s that time of year again. The sun is starting to burst through the clouds and excitement is in the air. Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is underway. With only a couple short weeks left, the time has come to prepare yourselves and plan your race day outfits. Of course, we know what a challenging task this can be! From following dress codes and respecting tradition to acknowledging current trends and attempting to look unique, dressing for the races can seem like an impossible task. Well, stress no more because we’re here to ensure that getting ready for the races is as fun as actually being there. From Derby Day and Melbourne Cup to Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes, here’s how to slay at the races this season.

Derby Day

Derby Day always kick starts the Melbourne Cup Carnival in style. This year the outstanding event takes place on Saturday, the 29th of October, and looks set to be a fantastic day. If you haven’t attended Derby Day before it’s especially important to plan your outfit ahead of time. As one of the most important days of the Spring Racing calendar, Derby Day is an excellent example of classic elegance. Featuring a black and white dress code, the day is as classy as they come. This dress code is the most widely adhered to of the carnival, so trust us when we say leave the colours at home. Instead, choose between monochrome, all-over white or all-over black looks and let the details of your dress become the statement.


What to Wear to Derby Day

Derby Day is all about looking stylish and chic in black and white. The most elegant of looks for this day tend to be either predominantly white or predominantly black as busy patterns and prints can look jarring in the monochromatic palette. Although black can sometimes look dull for spring, for Derby Day, it’s a sharp choice. White, on the other hand, has a lovely and fresh appeal that works great in the sunshine. No matter which of the two colours you choose, be sure to pick a dress with a unique silhouette, textured fabric or standout garment details. Bell sleeves, light feathers and metal fastenings are all your friends this season and will help you add the on-trend edge that your outfit craves. As for headwear, leave the fussy fascinators at home and opt for a sleek, brimmed hat instead.

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is one of the most prestigious events in horse racing history and the biggest day of the Spring Racing Carnival. Taking place at the iconic Flemington Racecourse, 2016’s Melbourne Cup Day falls on Tuesday, November 1. A real one-of-a-kind type of day, Cup Day is a must-attend event for every fashion-loving woman. Planning your outfit is essential for Melbourne Cup as the day calls for your style A-game. While there’s no colour rule as there is on Derby Day, you are expected to look appropriate. That means forget the strapless mini dress and choose something knee-length or longer. Although you do need to look appropriately dressed, you also want to stand out with a fashion-forward outfit. This day is your chance to go bold and show off your sartorial flare. After all, Cup Day is as much about Fashions on the Field as it is about the races.



What to Wear to Melbourne Cup Day

For the race that stops the nation, you want an outfit that will do the same. Melbourne Cup Day is the perfect day to inject some colour into your outfit and accessories. Don’t be afraid to go bold with it and choose vibrant block hues of red, yellow, green, pink, or purple. Your outfit should make an instant style statement when you walk into Flemington, so get a little creative. Keep your silhouette defined but choose a dress with unique design details. Ruffles, flounces, statement sleeves and laser cut details are all winning looks for the 2016 season. As mentioned, also watch that your hemline doesn’t fall too far above your knee and avoid strapless styles and anything with glitter or sequins. You want to look festive and fashionable, not like you’re headed to a nightclub. When it comes to your headdress for Cup Day, it pays to be brave and get creative. Choose a unique fascinator that’s more artwork than hairpiece.

Crown Oaks Day

Traditionally known as “ladies day”,  Crown Oaks Day invites women to express their signature style through their dress. The day is all about feeling and looking beautiful and women expressing themselves in a ladylike manner. Falling on Thursday, November 3, this year’s Crown Oaks Day is the perfect time to wear your prettiest outfit. Simply choose your favourite feminine dress that expresses your unique style. If you’re unsure where to start, look for dresses in delicate fabrics such as silk, satin, chiffon, lace or anything with a floral print, and go from there. While planning your outfit, always keep in mind that for Oaks Days you want to appear stylishly feminine while highlighting your individual personality.



What to Wear to Crown Oaks Day

Crown Oaks Day is all about expressing your personal style in a polite way. Whether you have a favourite colour, silhouette, style or theme (vintage looks are perfect for Oaks Day!), this day is yours to showcase your style within the parameters of the race day setting. While Melbourne Cup Day is ideal for bright, bold colours, Oaks Day is better suited to soft pastels and muted hues. Choose a block colour in a feminine shade or opt for subdued floral prints instead. While florals are a traditional look for Oaks Day, block colours often have a great ability to break through the pack. If you do choose a floral dress, keep your look modern with simple, uncluttered designs. As for fabric, choose something soft and form-flattering that sits gently against the body. Finally, finish off your look with a crown instead of a fascinator. It will have a fresher feel and make your look more modern and on-trend.

Emirates Stakes Day

Rounding out the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and falling on Saturday, November 5 in 2016, is Emirates Stakes Day. Traditionally known as “family day” at Flemington, Stakes Day is the least formal day of the Spring Racing Calendar. With plenty of youngsters around, Stakes Day has a distinctly relaxed feel that penetrates its dress code. The last thing you want to wear on this day is something that feels stuffy and too serious, so forget the rules and trust your instincts. Aim to find a balanced look that appears classic and dressed up yet simultaneously relaxed and youthful. Whether you choose a dress, jumpsuit or separates, make sure you feel comfortable and confident in what you wear.



What to Wear to Emirates Stakes Day

Emirates Stakes Day is the day on the racing calendar where we see the widest variety of looks and styles. To nail this day in the sartorial stakes, we recommended mixing understated style with a touch of youthful fun. Unstructured dresses, sophisticated separates and lighthearted prints are all perfect go-to options for Stakes Day. Forget about intensely structured and tailored designs and choose softer silhouettes that flow outwards from the body and glide over curves, rather than highlighting them. Complete your relaxed look with your choice of heels, wedges, or even chic flats, and an appropriate headpiece. We recommend a charming straw hat or small scale headpiece that won’t overwhelm your look. A simple headband or decorative slide will even do the trick for Stakes Day.

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Spring Racing Carnival 2015

Spring time in Melbourne brings much activity for those who are looking to shed the Winter blues. One of the best known Spring time events is the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival which is held at Flemington Racecource.

Melbourne is fortunate enough to hold such a spectacular event each year that brings not only Victorians, but also International fans and well-known celebrities to Melbourne each November. If you are one for fashion then Melbourne Cup is the best venue to show off, promote and parade your latest outfit. Not to forget, an outfit is not complete without a hat. Oaks Day is usually all about the hat and then the outfit, so choose wisely and make sure that your hat and outfit compliment each other.

Melbourne Cup consists of four unique race days:

• DAY 1 Saturday – AAMI Victoria Derby Day – October 31
• DAY 2 Tuesday – Emirates Melbourne Cup Day November 3
• DAY 3 Thursday – Crown Oaks Day November 5
• DAY 4 Saturday – Emirates Stakes Day November 7

 AAMI Victoria Derby Day - “The day for racing purists”
  Date:   Gates open: 8.30am
First Race: 11.20am
Last Race: 5.10pm


The AAMI Victoria Derby Day is the most prestigious day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. In the fashion sense, this day is traditionally renowned for its black & white colour scheme for women, while men often choosea morning suit, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants. This is day one of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 2 November 2013, at Flemington. The official flower for the event is the cornflower.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day - “The race that stops a nation”
  Gates open: 8.30am
  First Race: 10.20am
  Last Race: 5.15pm


The Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the main event during the Melbourne Cup Carnival where the fields are packed with crowds of people attending to be part of the main event. It is the day to be daring and outrageous with strong fashion statements that will attract anyone’s attention. This is day two of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. The official flower for the event is the yellow rose.


Crown Oaks Day - “The ultimate style day”
  Date:   Gates open: 10.15am
  First Race: 12.20pm
  Last Race: 5.45pm


The Crown Oaks Day is better known as Ladie’s Day where the women focus on the best garment and, most importantly, the hat. This is day three of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. Being one of the most stylish of days, you will be amongst those who are fashion conscious and who are there to admire the glamour and array of outfits on display. The official flower for the event is the pink rose.


Emirates Stakes Day  - “Family day”
Gates open: 9.30am
First Race: 11.30am
Last Race: 5.15pm

Emirates Stakes Day is the conclusion of Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival. Being known as Family Day, it is a very relaxed and friendly environment, full of free activities and entertainment for children of all ages. The fashion for the day is fun and understated. The official flower for the event is the red rose.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2013

We all love Spring with the weather getting warmer and the new leaves growing back on the trees. And how better to celebrate this season than to join in on all the fashion extravaganza. If you are one of the lucky ones that are fortunate enough to be able to attend Fashion Week in Melbourne this year, then you would seen all the marvelous spectactular array of fresh designs that are coming up for this year.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for Melbourne Cup and the globally famous Oaks Day, where you are able to strut your stuff and look out for famous faces.

Spring Racing Carnival is all about placing a bid on the best horse, the outfit (consisting of the dress and shoes), bright colours, and most importantly, the hat!  Here are some highlights from Fashion Week 2013.



Here are some helpful hints from Myer’s Spring Racing Fashion trends for this season. 



 Start planning now while there’s still time.

Black Caviar retired after 25-unbeaten race career

Black Caviar retires after 25 consecutive wins.

 BLACK Caviar, one of the most popular and successful horses in Australian racing history, has been retired after an unbeaten 25-race career.

Trainer Peter Moody made the announcement, along with the horse’s connections, today.

“We thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career,” Moody said.

Black Caviar’s racing career started at Flemington on April 18, 2009. It ends with $7,953,936 in the bank.

Black Caviar’s half-brother fetches $5m at frantic sale


Big day out: Black Caviar’s half-brother at Tuesday’s sales. Photo: Brendan Esposito


He was the centre of attention at the Inglis saleyards and was only hours from bringing an Australian yearling record of $5 million in the ring, but Black Caviar’s half-brother needed an identity change.

It’s All About Fashion

The Philip Treacy creation that made headlines.

A day at the races is not only about the atmosphere, the horses or the money won (or lost), it’s all about who’s wearing what colour, brand, style and outfit. Picking the right outfit could take days, if not months, of planning and sourcing the perfect and complete outfit. You can’t just have a mix-match of this and that – unless that is what you were aiming for!

Take the time to wear your shoes and outfit for a length of time. Take some photos to see how you look. Practice your hair and makeup, and don’t forget the finer details of nail polish, double tape and non-slip inner soles.

We all know that by the end of the day you will be walking home barefoot, but as long as you looked good at the event, you can think of the pain later.

Lastly, don’t forget buy yourself a fascinator or a hat to match your outfit. If chosen right, it should compliment your style and be a statement on its own. Remember how many headlines Princess Beatrice’s hat (one of Philip Treacy’s creation) made during the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton? Sure, you don’t have to make that much of a statement, but a hat can complete it all.

The Big Race on Melbourne Cup 2012!

There were many winners and losers on the day, but there can only be one big winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup which was won by Green Moon.

All the buzz and excitement could not top the feelings the owner of Green Moon, Lloyd Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott felt as their horse passed the line.

Read more here about what happened on the day.

Jockey Brett Prebble rides Green Moon over the line to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

Let the games begin!

How better to celebrate the racing carnival than by dressing up in your best frock and hat and spending the day with your friends, all the while watching the spectacular races live as they happen on the grounds. Take the time to wonder through all the sections and see what is available. Have you cameras ready for when you spot the odd famous person.

Celebrate the day with big, bright and bold colours that will make you stand out from the rest. Here are some photos that can inspire you for the big day out.




50 Years of Fashion on the Field

Fashion has played a big part in the races over the years, with big, bright and bold array of colours and styles displayed each year.

This year, Fashions on the Field competion is celebrating 50 years on the field. Created in 1962 by the Victorian Racing Club, their aim was to attract more women to the races. Now, it has become known as the most iconic event in Australia’s fashion and sporting events each year, and gathering some of the world’s biggest names such as Liz Hurley, Paris Hilton, Sarah O’Hare, Carson Kressley, Stevie Nicks, Eva Longoria and even royalty such as Princess diana and Prince Charles.




Learn more about the exhibition that is held by Australian Racing Museum.

If the hat fits…

Your outfit, be it the headpiece (a hat or a fascinator), the dress, or your shoes should make a statement and allow you to be noticed and admired by all. The item that is most noticed, and is probably one of the most important parts to any outfit, especially when it comes to the Spring Racing Carnival, would be your headpiece.

We’ve come across some weird and wonderful pieces over the many years during these events. It’s not as simple as ‘just throw anything on and let’s go’! It takes time and loads of effort to choose the right one. The only disappointment would be if someone wears the exact same dress as you. Some people employ others to match their outfit to their chosen hat, or visa-versa. You may not be a celebrity (or maybe you are), but if not, you can always make yourself feel like one for a day.

If you’ve taken the time to browse the internet you will see how fabulous and bizarre some hats and outfits can be. The more extravagant a hat is, the more memorable you will become – and possibly set a benchmark for the following year. Just remember, almost everyone will have a camera, so you could be snapped a few times.

If you haven’t already scoured the Melbourne streets or searched online for ‘the one’ hat that will stop traffic, then here are a few places you can visit.

If you are going on the cheap, then why not try Clear It which is located at 188-192 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. This is the Alannah Hill factory outlet where you can snap up branded items at a bargain, yet look fabulous. There are loads of clothing items, hats, bags, fascinators, etc.