A Beginner’s Guide to Dressing Classy for the Melbourne Cup Carnival

Coming to the dress code guidelines, here is how you are expected to dress when headed for the spring horse racing carnival.


The Melbourne Cup Carnival has become less about horse racing and more about what one shows up wearing.

Being there feels likes scrolling through the pages of a fashion magazine. No wonder it is known as the race that stops the nation. The dates for this year’s carnival have been announced, which means it is time to start looking for the finest pieces of clothing, accessories, and shoes to wear to the four-day extravagant event celebration.

Whether you are betting at the races or not, there are strict dress codes for both males and females to abide by, set by the management itself.

Before we come to the dressing, the one thing that is a must is hats. It isn’t only horse racing in the birdcage; a completely different competition is happening among the ladies and gentlemen. A number of unique hats from pillboxes to fedoras can be spotted, worn with the most spectacular display of hairstyles. The hats are often finished with netting or vintage embellishments to make them look even more fabulous. But you can always design your accessories the way you like them.

Coming to the dress code guidelines, here is how you are expected to dress when headed for the spring horse racing carnival.

Day 1: AAMI Victoria Day:

The day is dedicated to elegance and high-profile attendees live up to that. The first day of the event sets pace for the coming 3 days and the dress code for both men and women calls for monochrome suits. This has remained one of the most acceptable palette for the ladies and the gentlemen. Both are advised to wear colours like blacks, grey, and white with in-striped pants and peacock vest.

Day 2: Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

The second event is all about looking good at the races. The ladies can inject beautiful colours in their clothing and accessorise accordingly. Men on the other hand, are expected to make a bold statement with exquisitely cut suits and ties that match the ensemble of the lady or man with them.

Day 3: Crown Oaks Day

Day three is all about showcasing your signature style. Many even call the Crown Oaks Day the ladies day as they are expected to look fashionably feminine, while men are again expected to suit up, this time in  navy or light grey linen.

Day 4: Emirates Stakes Day

The grand finale –Emirates Stakes Day – is the family day, held at the Flemington. After the hectic three days of celebration, it is a day for relaxation. This is the only event where kids can accompany their parents looking cute and trendy in their stylish outfits. The ideal style to carry is to look classy without looking too conservative.

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