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How to dress for the races

A guide to race day attire

Spring racing season is one of the most anticipated times of the year! With so many race days to choose from, how will you be tailoring your look to the varying dress codes? We’ve curated a guide to help you select your best outfit – and the shoes to match – for some of the must-attend racing events of the spring season.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day

When: Saturday 3 November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
What: One of the most prestigious days of racing.
Dress code: Strictly black and white.
How to wear it: Elegant and traditional, Derby Day is known as the most glamorous of Melbourne’s spring race days. Racegoers should stick to the monochrome dress code, enhancing their black and white ensemble with accessories, a classic brim hat and a pop of bold lip colour. Men should sport a grey or black tailored suit with a tie or bow tie.
Choose these shoes: Women’s – Sunshine in black/white; Lottie in black/white | Men’s - Torstein in black

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day

When: Tuesday 6 November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
What: Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural icon.
Dress code: Dramatic fashion – a day to make your strongest fashion statement. How to wear it: Channel your fun side with bold colours and prints, oversized hats, statement headpieces and your most outrageous accessories. Men should experiment with something a little different – a bold suit, different colours and a statement blazer as well as fun accessories like
Choose the shoes: Women’s – Ellie in orange suede; Swift in yellow suede | Men’s – Kentucky in navy

Kennedy Oaks Day

When: Thursday 8 November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
What: A tradition of beauty, femininity, style and grace.
Dress code: Take the style up a notch – dress up and explore a new look. How to wear it: Embrace wonderment and escape the normality of a normal week day with high fashion and style. The crowning of the national winner of the Myers Fashions of the Field is also crowned on this day, making it a particularly stylish affair.
Choose these shoes: Women’s – Bastian in dusty pink; Bentley in white | Men’s – Sambuca in brown

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day

When: Saturday 10 November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
What: The highly anticipated finale of Melbourne Cup Week Dress code: Let your hair and heels down – this race day is a more relaxed affair.
How to wear it: This is the perfect race event to embrace a more relaxed style, a different look, and have a little more fun with your outfit, shoes and accessories. Think floaty dresses, lower heels and of course – a wide brim hat. Accessorise to the nines – more is more! A slower pace means men can opt for tailored chinos and sports jackets – and have fun with bow ties and hats too.
Choose these shoes: Women’s – Marcela in jungle print; Quest in white | Men’s – Bretz in ox-blood

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