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With the last siren at the MCG almost ready to sound, the Spring Racing season is right around the corner. It’s time to pull out the pocket squares and silk ties and get ready for a season of festive, fun (and occasionally boozy) frivolities, trackside. Hyped as one of the biggest spending periods of the year, the Spring Racing Carnival demands impeccable, race-day appropriate attire. Because even, on the oft chance when the time the last race rolls around, you end up mistaking a rather large fascinator for an obtrusive bird in a state induced by perhaps one too many glasses, you’ll look stylish doing it.
Whilst the Spring Racing season is labelled a ‘Carnival’ for good reason, it’s important not to end up resembling aforementioned employees. Keep your attire, and your sobriety levels, in check with Racing Regulation. Remember, you want to be making the pages of Newspapers for the ensemble you wore, not the drunken stunts you pulled. It’s also imperative to dress appropriately for the Race Day you attend.
Below is our Race Day Form Guide: what the Days are, what the flowers are, what to wear, when the form guide is released, and what to avoid.
PRO TIP: If attending a Members Enclosure, a strict dress code is maintained. For all race days, avoid wearing shoes without socks, collarless shirts, denim, beanies, cravats, sports shoes, tracksuits and fluorescent suits.
AAMI VICTORIA DERBY DAY
It’s the race-day that kicks off the Flemington season, and for good reason. Derby Day oozes sophisticated elegance and classical glamour. For the ladies, dress is traditional Black & White. For the men, think monotones and Morning suits (extremely preferable to the birthday suit, of which sometimes follows later in the afternoon). Black, white and grey as well as accents matching the official flower; the Blue Cornflower, are sureties to looking impeccably, and appropriately, dressed.
DATE: SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMEBER
WHAT TO WEAR: Monotone colours, traditional Morning Suits.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Bright colours, denim, shirts without a colour, bow ties.
OFFICIAL FLOWER: Blue Cornflower.
FORM GUIDE: Released at 10 am on the Wednesday before the Race, head to Racenet.com for analysis and information to back a winner.
EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP DAY
The pinnacle event in the Spring Racing Calendar, Melbourne Cup Day indeed does stop the nation. It’s sheer grandeur and atmosphere of party vibes truly makes a day of raucous frivolities. The polar opposite to Derby Day, think colour and pattern in choosing what to wear. Think a light blue suit, or colourful ties and pocket squares. Don’t go too overboard though, nobody wants a migraine induced from fluorescent coloured outfits or too clashes of patterns.
DATE: TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
WHAT TO WEAR: Spring-appropriate colours, patterns.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Keep the traditional black and white suit for Derby Day. Avoid fluorescents, denim and colour and pattern clashes.
OFFICIAL FLOWER: Yellow Rose.
FORM GUIDE: The final field will be released the Saturday prior to the Race, head to Racenet.com for analysis and information to back a winner.
KENNEDY OAKS DAY
Traditionally known as ‘Ladies Day’, Kennedy Oaks Day is a great day to enjoy with family and friend in an elegant setting. More relaxed and refined than Cup Day, pastels and elegant tailoring are right at home. Additionally, if lighter suits aren’t your thing, darker colours like Navy can easily be lightened up with a contrasting tie and pocket square.
DATE: THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
WHAT TO WEAR: Light colours, floral accents.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Overly elaborate outfits; Oaks Day is the day where the ladies shine, opt to complement, not override. Dark colours, denim.
OFFICIAL FLOWER: Pink Rose
FORM GUIDE: The final field will be released the Thursday prior to the Race, head to Racenet.com for analysis and information to back a winner.
EMIRATES STAKES DAY
Touted as a day for both the young and young at heart, Emirates Stakes Day is Family Day. More relaxed than Derby, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day, Emirates Stakes is the time to show a more casual side to your racing style. Straw hats, warm beiges and bright colours are perfect accompaniments to the official flower, the red rose, for Emirates Stakes Day.
DATE: SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
WHAT TO WEAR: Bid goodbye to the Carnival with complementary colours to the Red Rose to let a bold, signature colour shine.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Whilst the Day is more relaxed, do not wear denim, beanies, collarless shirts or shoes without socks.