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Spring Racing Guide

The Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival is not just a horse racing event; it’s a celebration of style, tradition, and sophistication. As a gentleman attending this prestigious event, it’s essential to adhere to the appropriate dress codes for each of the days. Here’s a brief style guide to help you look your best:

Spring Racing Guide The Bespoke Corner Tailors

Derby Day – Saturday 4th November

Dress Code: Derby Day is known for its monochromatic theme, where the predominant colour is black and white. Gentlemen are expected to wear traditional and elegant attire.

Recommended Attire:

  • A well-tailored black or dark grey suit. Patterns like checks and houndstooth are a nice option.
  • A white dress shirt with a classic semi-cutaway collar.
  • A black, grey or white tie.
  • Black leather dress shoes.
  • A simple white or grey pocket square.

Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 7th November

Dress Code: Melbourne Cup Day is all about embracing colour and flair. It’s the day to be bold and make a statement with your outfit.

Recommended Attire:

  • A sharp, tailored suit in a bold colour or pattern.
  • A dress shirt in a complementary colour to your suit.
  • A colourful silk tie or a patterned bow tie.
  • Well-polished leather dress shoes, ideally in brown or black.
  • A pocket square that complements your tie.
  • A stylish hat, such as a fedora is highly encouraged.
  • Don’t be afraid to add a colourful lapel pin or boutonniere.

Oaks Day – Thursday 9th November

Dress Code: Oaks Day is all about embracing softer, more pastel colours and a slightly more relaxed dress code while maintaining an elegant look.

Recommended Attire:

  • A lightweight, pastel-coloured suit or blazer paired with contrasting trousers.
  • A dress shirt in white, light blue or pink.
  • A silk tie with subtle patterns or a lightweight scarf.
  • Loafers or dress shoes in a complementary colour.
  • A pocket square that adds a touch of colour.

Stakes Day – Saturday 11th November

Dress Code: Stakes Day is the most relaxed of all the days, allowing for a smart-casual approach.

Recommended Attire:

  • A smart sports jacket or blazer. This can be wool, linen or cotton.
  • A dress shirt or a well-fitted polo shirt.
  • Dress trousers or chinos in a complementary colour.
  • Loafers, suede shoes, or stylish sneakers.
  • You can go without a tie but consider a pattern or floral pocket square.

Remember, the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival is not just about dressing up but also about enjoying the races and the company of others. Dressing appropriately enhances the overall experience, so ensure your attire reflects the class and elegance of this renowned event while expressing your personal style.

If attending bird cage remember socks must be worn!

Spring Racing Guide The Bespoke Corner Tailors