Fashion tips for Spring Racing Carnival

Top 6 fashion tips for Melbourne Spring Carnival

If you’re a lover of racing, then you need to read our top Fashion tips for Spring Racing Carnival.

Melbourne Spring Carnival is just around the corner! It’s our favourite time of year and we are not far way from the coveted Carnival kicking off with Derby Day – the first day of Melbourne Cup Carnival. Earlier this week, The Daily Telegraph reported on how it’s almost as challenging to nab a coveted spot in the Myer Fashions on the Field finals as it is to pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup.

Truth be told, there is no one formula which determines the winning combo when it comes to the ‘Best Dressed’ at the races, because everyone is so different and each of us should embrace our individuality, especially through our fashion choices.

In saying that, we do recommend you take a read through some of our top fashion tips for this year’s carnival. You might not back a winner if you are heading trackside, but you can be certain that you’ll feel like a winner in the fashion stakes!


Top 6 fashion tips for Melbourne Spring Carnival


Fashion tips for Spring Racing Carnival


1. Carnival Etiquette

The Melbourne Cup Carnival comes with strict race wear etiquette for both ladies and gents. The tradition stems from a very formal dress code handed down through the generations by racing clubs and their proud members.

Remember, dressing for the races isn’t the same as dressing for a night out! Getting dressed for Flemington means respecting the tradition of dressing smartly and appropriately for each of the race days. You can read more about raceway etiquette in our Style Guide post here.




2. Dress to Impress

Dress to impress ‘yourself’! Choose a dress and accessories which suit your body type and personality. You want to feel like a winner in your outfit, so don’t settle for anything less than something that’s going to work for you over the period of a long day!

Go all out for the races to feel a million bucks. A tip ladies, over the knee dresses are not only practical but will always look stylish and sophisticated.


3. Why buy when you can rent

The concept of renting a dress for a fraction of the price of buying one, is just too good not to try… We are long time fans of Glamcorner, an online designer dress destination stocking some of our favourite labels including Nicholas, Lover and Nicola Finetti.

Not only can you rent a dress, you can also hire your entire race day look! Choose a designer dress from labels including Alice McCall, Nicholas and Zimmermann; a show-stopping hat from Viktoria Novak or Danica Erard; and finally, a complimentary clutch from Olga Berg – all for under $300!





4. Good Shoes take you Good Places

When it comes to shoes, you must find the perfect balance of style and comfort. It’s no easy feat (pardon the pun) but it can make or break your outfit after a couple of hours on track. We love Senso heels for the perfect balance of trend and wearability for the Spring Carnival.




5. It’s hip to be square!

This one is for the gents… A small pocket square has the ability to instantly make you look dapper and will be huge hit in 2015. Pocket squares are making a massive resurgence this year after being almost non-existent for a few decades.

Nothing adds  flair and style like a simple pocket square, so have fun with patterns and colours to suit your look and each day of the carnival.

Learn how to fold your pocket square the right way here.


6. Sunglasses complete your look

A great way of injecting the finishing designer touch to your look on raceday is with a pair of genuine European sunglasses.

Designer sunnies add a touch of haute couture to your Carnival outfit and we are loving new season aviators and coloured lenses for an accessory pop.




See you all trackside at Flemington next week!





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Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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