Arguably one of the biggest events of the season, Melbourne Cup has long been considered one of the best days to flex your creative muscle and embrace the dapper side of dandyism.
Show the crowds you're not shrinking violet and stay on target as we deconstruct the Melbourne Cup dress code.
Melbourne Cup Dress Code
A loosely defined dress code, the Melbourne Cup invites its punters to showcase the full breadth of their tailored arsenal.
Expect to see statement suits flood the field, with an eclectic array of bold blues, dark navies and moody greys mixing up the track. Checks are back in with heritage patterns like Prince of Wales and Plaid returning for another victory lap. Looking to rub shoulders with the race day elite? Members area must-haves include; a suit, shirt, tie and leather dress shoe.
Cup Day Classics
Tailoring is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin, so there's no shame in keeping it clean. Instead of colour-blocked combinations, stick to suiting with subtle flair and complementary palettes.
Opt for an understated Twill suit in dark navy or charcoal hues to give your look a sophisticated edge. Complement with a white shirt, yellow tie and the Melbourne Cup's iconic flower: the golden rose.
For a more adventurous spin on race day classic, trade out your Twills and plain pattern fabrics for a subtle heritage check. Weaving their way back into modern men's wardrobes, the revival of Glen and Prince of Wales Checks has seen the pattern flourish, offering an elegant alternative to statement motifs.
The Checkered Challenger
Responsible for creating some of the most inspired outfits of the year, Cup Day is your chance to celebrate the fun side of tailoring while having a laugh with a couple of good mates.
A staple of statement suiting, the Windowpane Check offers a gutsy pattern that plays well with others. Match with smaller more intricate checks or try your hand at pattern-clashed combinations with a striped shirt and a floral pocket square.
Tilt the odds in your favour and take your tailoring up a notch with the three-piece power suit, cutaway collar shirt and a statment windsor knot.
Playing field this Spring Carnival? Get the low down on each day's dress code with our spring racing guide.