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Race Day Inspo

Fashions on (and off) the Field.

All your Spring racing needs covered!

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Giddy up! Melbourne Cup Carnival is a mere weeks away. The race that stops the nation is the perfect excuse to dress to the nines (and finally wear that opulent headdress!). And while we’re all for fashions on the field, there’s still plenty of shenanigans where a girl can have a flutter and dress accordingly. From high tea with the girls to a fancy pub lunch, whatever you’re doing when the clock stops on the first Tuesday come November, we’ll have you covered in the style stakes. 


If you’re lucky enough to make it to the main event, then you’re going to have to dress the part. Melbourne Cup day calls for an outfit that makes a big fashion statement. Be bold, be colourful and above all be fashionable (‘cause guuurl the critics are out). If the expression go big or go home ever applied, it would be here. 

Office lunch

The races are a great excuse to dress up, even off the field. And your office lunch is no exception. Sure, you’re not going to rock up in a ball gown, but you can still dress elegantly without overdoing it. A dress that has a bit of flair it totally acceptable - especially one you can get away with prancing around the office. Pair it with some sultry heels and a not-so-out-there headdress, and you’ve got yourself a winner. 

Champagne and nibbles afternoon with friends

The beauty of not being trackside, is that you don’t have to abide by any dress rules. Seeing as you’re hanging with your girls, you can tone the fancy down a notch (but not too much). You can still keep the spirit of Melbourne Cup with a hat you’ve got lying around at home and a fab dress, or even a jumpsuit! 

High tea with the girls

Call us crazy, but if the queen gets to wear a headdress sipping’ tea erry other day, then we can do it indulging in a high tea lunch for race day #amiright. Grab your girl gang and spend the day sippin’ tea and champs while practising your best pinkie impression. As most H.T events calls for a cocktail dress code, find your prettiest outfit, pair it with a fab fascinator and you’re set. 

Pub lunch

There’s nothing like the atmosphere of a pub on race day to make you feel like you’re at the  Emirates Melbourne Cup! All the while you’re cheering to back a winner, make sure you’re also looking the part. Although the pub calls for a less-formal dress code, you can still get away with a fab dress and a hat/fascinator to get into the spirit of things.  

Neighbourhood gathering

Everybody needs good neighbours, especially when Melbourne Cup calls. Whether you’re all gathering at a communal location or someone is hosting a shindig at their home, you can still get dressed up - racing day style. Put your favourite frock on, pair it with a fascinator (it is the races after all) and don’t forget to bring a bottle of champagne - all in the name of the cup. 

Can’t get your head around the headdress? Need some more fascinator inspo? Check out styles to try and how to wear them here.

By: Nicola Christoforos

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