The Spring Racing Carnival is the best part of Spring. Better yet, the Spring Racing fashion is the best part of spring. Even better again, Melbourne Cup men’s fashion is the best of the lot. Call me old-fashioned, but I like to see a lot of people looking their best, being their best, and pretending they know how to read a form guide.
However, sometimes dressing for the races can be a little daunting. There is just so much info out there on what to do and what not to do. There are ‘trends’ that seem to come in and out on a whim. If you’ve ended up here, odds are you are like I was before I started this site.
I just wanted someone to tell me what to wear!
So, don’t worry, I have you sorted.
Spring racing fashion do’s and don’ts
Before we go into particular ideas, let’s get a few of the big rocks out of the way. Here are the do’s and don’ts of the carnival.
- Make sure whatever you have fits! A cheap suit can be made to look expensive with tailoring, and an expensive suit will look cheap without tailoring.
- Add some colour
- Have a signature piece. Something to show off.
- The fit is so important I am going to mention it again.
- Wear what you are comfortable and confident in.
- Show some ankle – Dude, wear some socks. You’re embarrassing yourself.
- Sneakers with your suit – I know they are ways you can pull the look off, the spring races are not the place.
- Too much colour – If you walk out the door looking like a magic eye book you have too much going on. Stick to a few prominent colours and pair it with neutral shades.
- Wear leather anywhere but your shoes or a bolo tie.
- Miss the weather forecast – No point looking good if I can smell you from the other end of the straight. Dress for the sun and avoid heavy materials.
- Don’t wear a black suit. You’re not at a funeral. Well, maybe your finances after race eight.
Melbourne Cup men’s fashion tips
Looking at the do’s and don’ts, there is a lot of information to take in. Here is a bit more detail on a few of the key points listed.
Add some colour, have signature pieces
There is a time and a place for dull. The Spring Racing Carnival is not that time or place.
Add some colour to your wardrobe with a few signature pieces. Spring racing fashion, especially the Melbourne Cup, is all about experimenting. Take the opportunity to experiment with colours that you may not have previously thought about using. You don’t have to go too crazy. In fact, too much shade is an eyesore. However, whatever you do, make sure you have fun with it. It may be a bow tie, happy socks, a blazer, or even a pocket square to let you stand out from the crowd.
Pairing one nice splash of colour to your well-fitted suit will be the icing on the cake which is your race day.
Here are some of my favourites.
The sock revolution is here.
Once bought only in black and in boring packs of six, socks are now a subtle way you can express yourself.
I love a good, colourful sock. In fact, it is at the point where my students (I am also a high school teacher) ask me daily what socks I am wearing.
The beauty of it is that you can find a pair that matches the rest of your outfit or go with something different altogether. The choice is yours.
I couldn’t have an article on dressing for the races without bow ties could I?
Fit is key
I mentioned it before, but the fit is where it starts and ends.
A well-fitted cheap suit will look substantially better than an exp.ensive sack that is too big (or too small). Check out this video guide from the guys and girls at artofmanliness.com
Seriously though, I cannot understate this. Make sure your suit fits before you take any further action. Trust me. Your Melbourne Cup men’s fashion won’t even get off the ground if you look like a teenager wearing their dad’s suit.
Also, check below for our infographic on the perfect suit.
Advice from the experts
The Trend Spotter
Earlier this month the Trend Spotter released their races fashion guide showing you some sound advice for dressing for the big race meets. They have also done a lot of the heavy lifting for you and included some excellent shopping options for you.
“It is best to remember that Spring Racing is premised on tradition and style etiquette, and your clothing should be an ode to the past but comprise of materials and superior tailoring courtesy of the present.”
The Australian site chatted to some of the country’s best designers and discussed what to wear to the races, along with what to avoid. While the article is a few years old, a well-cut suit stands the test of time.
“Accessories are the key to bring your suit to life and make you look sharp. Consider your options of a hat, cufflinks, gloves, pocket handkerchief, belt, tie, sunglasses, watch and a flower in your buttonhole. A serious fashionista will always wear a hat, a flower in your buttonhole and a smart pair of leather shoes.”
Personally, D’Marge is my lease favourite Simpsons character, but they are a staple of the Australian lifestyle scene. Their guide to Spring Carnival fashion preaches style, colour, and individuality. Which, at the end of the day, is what fashion is all about.
“There are a limited few brands that offer the luxury experience, service and product knowledge customers should be experiencing. Seek out these brands. They will ensure you get the personalised experience and styling tips you deserve, products that are unique and suit your needs and personality ensuring you look and feel your very best while attending this year’s spring racing events.”
The perfect suit for spring racing fashion
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