Melbourne Cup Dress Codes
Monday, November 06, 2017

Melbourne Cup Dress Codes


When it comes to attending the races, it can be a bit difficult to figure out what to wear. Here’s a guide on the best outfits for this race month.

General Rules

As a rule of thumb, patrons are generally expected to be neatly dressed and groomed. Among the things to avoid are thongs, tattered clothes or shoes, and attire with offensive/inappropriate language or imagery, as well as shorts and other skimpy pieces. Save the black and dark clothes for Derby Day, and try on brighter Spring colours for Melbourne Cup and other races.

For Women

Keep in mind that the races are a day event – it is advisable to wear something that is less revealing and more practical. Yes, the races call for high-fashion outfits, but the outdoor, daylight nature of the races is more fitting for pieces with sparing bling/embellishment. Keep it elegant with light makeup and knee-length dresses. Headpieces or hats are also recommended, preferably in colours that match or complement your dress.

For Men

You can never go wrong with a suit of slacks, blazer/coat, tie and dress shoes. Chinos are also acceptable sometimes, but make sure to double check with the dress code guide. While it might be tempting to go all black, try mixing it up with colours like light grey, blue, navy, beige or burgundy. You can also add more flair to your outfit with cufflinks, pocket squares and watches. Steer clear from ankle socks (or any sockless looks), as some places might no longer accept bare ankles.


So, what are you going to wear for the races this year?