The Spring Racing Carnival is steeped in tradition and it’s important to follow race day etiquette with respect to the dress code of each day, while still adding your own unique flair and personality when dressing to impress.
For men, a suit is the most popular and traditional option to wear trackside, with patterned and coloured shirts a great way to stand out in the crowd.
This year, check suits are particularly big and are a great way to elevate your look.
Don’t be afraid to also consider mixing and matching separates for your race day look. A well-tailored quality sports jacket or blazer with chinos and a statement shirt or tie will have you looking effortlessly polished and oh so suave.
Accessories are another key way to take your look from the boardroom to the members stand. The use of pocket squares, lapel pins, cufflinks, tie bars, ties or bowties are key to a stand out look. Florals are always popular for Spring Racing and this year feather lapel pins are also very much on trend.
Read on for more tips to dressing well at the upcoming race days.
What to wear to Derby Day
Derby Day traditionally calls for black, white or grey, but there are plenty of ways to stand out from the monochromatic crowd. Whether you are heading to Flemington or closer to home, Derby Day is one of the most prestigious days in the Spring Racing calendar and a time to up the style stakes.
Monochromatic separates create an interesting style story. Instead of opting for a black suit, look to incorporate black or white in a more subtle nod to Derby Day style with checks. A grey suit is also a wise choice when wanting to stand out in a sea of black.
The Spring Racing carnival allows plenty of time for dramatic dressing, but to avoid any fashion faux pas, Derby Day is best kept simple and understated.
The official flower for Derby Day is the cornflower.
See below for our winning Derby Day look: