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Melbourne Cup Fashion: Style tips for 2018 Melbourne Cup Day

  • Style tips for Melbourne Cup Day
  • What to wear and what not to wear

The fashion stakes are at their highest on Melbourne Cup Day with thousands of fillies and colts looking to bring their A-game to Australia’s largest sporting social event.

While the gents experiment with colourful suits, designer sunglasses and maybe a hat to match, the ladies have the arduous task of matching up dresses, shoes, fascinators or hats and clutches and handbags.

A homemade dress took first prize in the Myer Fashions on the Field in 2015, so before you spend a month’s wages or more on designer labels like Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana or Alex Perry, remember it is simplicity and elegance that counts most when taking on the fashion elite.

Fashion Tips for Melbourne Cup Day:


Ladies Melbourne Cup fashion Tips

Respect tradition
Melbourne Cup Day is steeped in tradition and although it may be fun to experiment, pushing the envelope too far is a fashion no no.

Start with a dress
Falling in love with a headpiece or pair of shoes and then trying to find a dress to match is a recipe for disaster. Hold back on purchasing any accessories until you have found a suitable dress.

Headwear is essential
It’s not a Melbourne Cup Day outfit unless you have a fascinator, hat or headpiece to complete the package. If you plan on being inside for the majority of the day, a small fascinator will work especially well, but if you expect to be outside for the majority of the day, go big and make a statement with an eye-catching headpiece.

Reflect the season
Melbourne Cup Day is held in spring and it’s hard to go wrong with an elegant dress with pops with warm spring colours. While Oaks Day is all about black and white, go loud on Melbourne Cup Day with bold and bright tones of red, orange, yellow, blue or green.

The footwear dilemma
Seeing barefoot women leaving Melbourne Cup Day is a given – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away with wearing those extra high heels or new designer shoes. While most women will wait until Cup Day before taking more than a few steps in their heels, thinking ahead and breaking them in can make all the difference.


Men’s Melbourne Cup fashion

Suit colour
While traditional pinstripe suits will blend in on Cup Day, don’t be afraid to go bold with bright colours. Shades of pastel blue or cool grey work best with light brown shoes but if you want that element of flair, a pastel shirt and bright bow-tie and pocket square can make you stand out in the crowd.

It’s not another day at the office
Go the extra mile and accessorise with cuff links, buttonhole flower and pocket square. 

Socks aren’t always hidden
With men being men, the finer details are often overlooked. While most may be happy just to find a pair of clean socks lying about, matching your socks with your suit, shirt, tie or flower can complete the look – especially when you’re sitting down and your socks are revealed.


Myer Fashions on the Field

There are several key criteria that the judges will be looking for when it comes to finding the winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition:
a) Style and originality;
b) Appropriateness of the outfit for the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and the individual;
c) Attention to detail with accessories;
d) Understanding and interpretation of the current fashion trends;
e) Grooming and deportment; and
f) Suitability of the outfit for the climate

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Melbourne Cup Fashion: Style tips for 2018 Melbourne Cup Day

The fashion stakes are at their highest on Melbourne Cup Day with thousands of fillies and colts looking to bring their A-game to Australia’s largest sporting social event.

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