Arguably the biggest fashion event on the Australian calendar, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is so much more then a succession of race days. Celebrities, media identities, business moguls and an increasing number of super-styling influencers descend on The Birdcage in Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse to celebrate, indulge and make their mark in the style stakes.
There are a few rules to keep in mind when selecting your Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival looks and we want you to feel a million bucks across your Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oakes Day celebrations; so we've teamed up with the suiting lords at Rhodes & Beckett to put together an exclusive Rhodes & Beckett Spring Racing Style Guide.
Take inspiration from our editorial created with top-to-toe Rhodes & Beckett pieces, note some of the styling guidelines, put the champagne on ice and dapper down with tailored menswear looks this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, gents. Giddy up!
Derby Day //
The annual launch day for the Spring Racing Carnival, Derby Day is traditionally a black and white affair. A three piece will set you apart from fellow gentlemen, especially when paired with contrasting patterns and textures. Pinstripes, polkadots, block colours - mix it up for a truly unique look this Derby Day.
Melbourne Cup //
Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation and your outfit should include touches as bold and brazen as the ensuing celebrations. Colour truly takes first place for Melbourne Cup and this season it's all about blue, maroon, purple and navy. Make sure your pocket square, tie and lapel pin are complimentary but not matching - again, various patterns are key.
Crown Oaks Day //
Known as the race day for the ladies to shine, it's time for the boys to be chivalrous and let the girls have their well-heeled fun. While slightly more casual then Derby Day or Melbourne Cup, it's still vital to dress the part for Crown Oaks Day. Lighter suiting, pastel colours and toned down accessories will ensure a relaxed look while retaining your dapper style.