Melbourne Cup is often touted as the race that stops a nation and it is very true for people all over the country come to Melbourne just to see their favourite race horse win.

Expect to see stylish ladies in stunning dresses with elaborate hair styles and hair pieces and matching accessories like bags and heels. Everyone competes to look their best on this one day where the country’s most stylish gather together to celebrate. If you plan early, you can get your special dress from the nearest store or you could even shop for Melbourne cup dresses online.

 As it’s an extremely fun and joyous occasion, the dress code is festive and bright so expect to see bright pops of colour, floral prints and bold accessories.

Popular colours include red, blue, green and yellow. Spring also calls for soft muted tones and so opting for soft flowy dresses or gowns in lace, chiffon or silk and pair them with sleek modern headpiece. Depending on how adventurous you feel, you could opt for bold accessories to compliment your simple outfit or keep the shoes and bag minimal to let the outfit do the talking.

If you are a male, try to avoid too much black or grey. Not that there is anything wrong with it but why let the ladies have all the fun and shine in colourful pieces? If this is your first time at the races, you could start slow and opt for printed pieces via a tie or a pocket chief and slowly introduce colour as you attend more shows and get the hang of dressing for the races. Try to team different pieces together and get a mix and match combination. Try pairing a blue blazer with light grey pants, white shirt and add some colour via a pocket chief.

Things to keep in mind:

This is one day when you can flaunt your style and dress up in your finest clothing but it’s important not to go overboard with the outfit and let either the outfit or the accessories do the talking. If you choose to go for bold pieces in both departments, you might risk end up looking like a clown.

  • If you are wearing florals, try to keep the accessories a little simpler so as to let the dress be the focus. Choose a lighter subtle colour and get the accessories in that colour so you outfit will be coordinated but not extremely matchy.
  • When in doubt, always opt for nude colours like white, beige, grey or metallic for accessories. This will always bring your outfit together.
  • If your outfit is in one colour, you could create some contrast by choosing accessories in a printed colour or opt for something in a clashing colour. Like turquoise and shocking pink would be a great combo.
  • You outfit doesn’t really need to match your shoes and bag but just complement them and your look will look more complete and put together.

Now that you have the fashion tips and tricks of choosing your outfit, you can be better prepared for the races next year.