Racing Dress codes: Do’s and Don’ts

The spring racing carnival is nearly here. You know what that means? It’s time to get dressed up in our finest, throw on a hat and party! If only it were that simple. There are many dress codes that one must adhere to if attending the races. Some major do’s and don’ts, depending on where you are attending. If you are attending the Members enclosure at Flemington, dress code is strict and if you don’t meet the dress code, you won’t be let in.

So what is appropriate? Nothing that bares your midriff. This is a no go in Members enclosures and it is generally frowned upon around the grounds. This means saying goodbye to crop tops in sets or anything with cut outs. Another no no is something too short. Say goodbye to those cute playsuits and mini dresses. At Royal Ascot in England, all dresses must be below the knee. It isn’t as strict over here but ridiculously high hems are a no go. Avoiding anything too tight is also a good move. Strapless dresses are frowned upon too. One must also remember that it is a daytime event so avoid sequins and shiny fabrics. A hat is a must. Be it a large straw hat, a turban, feathers, silks etc., one must always wear a hat. Fascinators are tacky so avoid them if you can. And lastly, the biggest no no? Denim and anything torn.

These are general rules to adhere to but what about specific days? Do the dress codes vary? Yes they do. Each day has a slightly different dress code so its all about experimenting and finding a new look. Here we take a look at what to wear at each of the big events.

Caufield Cup

Unlike other spring carnival events, there is no set dress code for Caulfield Cup. This allows you to make bold choices in an array of fabrics and colours. The Caulfield Cup Carnival started last weekend and culminates in The Caufield Cup this weekend. What were the trends that dominated? Florals and pinks of all shades. These trends were everywhere as well as the odd tuxedo suit and jumpsuit. We think these trends will continue to dominate at the Caulfield Cup this weekend so take a look at some of our suggestions.

Georgey Chantelle Dress
Rotate Floral Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
RIXO Lucy – Diana Floral High Neck Backless Dress

Derby Day

Perhaps the most strict dress code, wearing black and white is a must. Be it all over colour blocking, monochrome separates or playful prints. Everyone has black and white in their wardrobe, but why not hire something magnificent instead? Take a look at some of our top picks.

Zimmermann Espionage Ballet Dress
Sass & Bide Palais Dress
Maticevski Essex Dress

Melbourne Cup Day

Again, no specific dress code but the mantra is go big or go home. It’s the time to pull out your finest outfit, statement jewellery and most out there hat. Not an occasion to be demure. Think bold colours, stylish prints and striking headwear. Really make an effort with this day ladies! Here are some of our favourite looks that would be perfect!

Eliya The Lavel Fleur Dress
Acler Crawford Dress
Camilla and Marc Gesa Dress

Oaks Day

Also known as Ladies Day, this is the event to embrace your feminine side. Think gorgeous florals, floaty fabrics, gorgeous laces, soft pastels, ruffles and puff sleeves. If you can’t stand ultra feminine, you could embrace a tailored power suit in a feminine colour. Just keep it formal and polished.

Zimmermann Espionage Corset Dress
Talulah Jodi Dress
Alex Perry Cara Dress

Stakes Day

The most relaxed of all the Spring Carnival events, Stakes Day has a lot more variety in dresses. Think unstructured dress, stunning separates and fun prints like polka dots. Maxis are perfect and for headwear, think crowns and headbands.

By Johnny Luanne Bias Midi Dress
Scanlan Theodore Calypso Set
Zimmermann Espionage Sunray Picnic Dress



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