“The race that stops the nation”, that’s right, the Melbourne Cup’s approaching quite soon and let me tell you, it seems as with each year passing the excitements builds sooner and the peak is higher. What’s more fun than dressing up for real for a day? Not only wearing race day dresses or suits, but the whole shabang, including fascinators, fancy clutches and pairs of heels. Now it might not be soon – I know, I know! – but I feel like it can never be too soon to start preparing for the big day. Even if you’re admitted into general admission which doesn’t have a formal dress code, we all know we’ve got to show up in our best Sunday clothes.
But what’s appropriate melbourne cup fashion? If you’re a rookie, need a refreshment because it’s been a while or simply would like some new ideas, discover the race day outfits I’d love to wear. While Derby Day is a formal black-and-white day, with Melbourne Cup you can go full out with colour. Read on and discover my race season guide!
My favourite race day outfits
The best melbourne cup dresses
When you say race, you say dress, don’t you? There’s so many different styles and race day dresses options that sometimes it might be overwhelming choosing only one. But don’t you worry, here’s a list of must do’s:
- Statement – Go big or go home, but with confidence
- Flowery – Show off your spring vibes
- Midi – Formally formal
- Pastels – Show your soft side
When you’ve selected the one out of millions melbourne cup dresses styles there are out there, make sure it fits precisely. My tip: go to a tailor. She/he can check if every little stitch looks perfect.
Complete your look
Accessories are just as important for the melbourne cup’s dress code as the dress you’ve chosen. Discover my advice for every accessory.
Most of all, your headpiece, a fascinator, must fit and compliment your dress of choice. Go for something light and pick the colour to match with your dress. My personal favourites are flowery ones that are small yet have an impact on your look. I’m leaving the big round fascinators for the next girl. Also for the love of all that is good and pure in the fashion world, leave felt for autumn and opt for straw instead if you’re going for a hat.
So even though I’m not a huge clutches fan – sorry not sorry – I’m aware they’re a must wear at melbourne cup. You can go classic with a black or white clutch, but really, you should match it to your dress for a complete look.