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SPRING FASHION RACING GUIDE: Decoding the dress code

We edit the most covetable Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day looks this racing season...


Derby Day is the most traditional of the Race days and the expectation is classic elegance. Wearing black & white is essential. This dress code is the most widely adhered to of the carnival, so leave the colours at home. Instead, choose between monochrome, all-over white or all-over black looks and let the details of your look become the statement.

For the race that stops the nation, you need an outfit that will do the same. This is the day to dress to impress! Colour & lots of it! Directional & fashion forward shapes! Your hat, dress, shoes & bag styled to perfection. You really can’t be too dressed up – after all, Cup Day is as much about Fashions on the Field as it is about the races.


Oaks Day is known as Ladies Day & on this day its best to gravitate to feminine, floral & romantic outfits. The day is all about feeling and looking beautiful and women expressing their romantic selves. Lots of pink, florals, lace & frills are the go to.


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