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Race Day Ready - What to Wear to Spring Carnival 2017

With Spring Carnival season off to a good start, the men of Australia ready themselves to duke it out on the field of fashion. To help you punt with panache, we've created a comprehensive style guide outlining what to wear to each main event and how to set yourself apart from the pack.

 
 

Caulfield Cup Style Guide

 

Whether you dress with conservative flair or crave creative freedom, the Caulfield Cup is the place to be this Spring Carnival. Much like the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield’s dress code leaves a lot to the imagination, seeing many men explore the brighter side of tailoring and experiment with colour and pattern blocking.

 

A classic of Caulfield, the windowpane suit offers punter’s a refreshing but reliable take on race day tailoring. While you can always bank on blue, charcoal and grey fabrics, make for magnificent combinations when paired with pastel orange and mint green.

 

While a colourful three-piece combination can be a great way to steal the show, remember to invest in natural fabrics to save yourself from sweating it out on the field.

 
 

Caulfield Cup Style Guide | Race Day Look Caulfield | Charcoal Windowpane SuitCaulfield Cup Style Guide | Race Day Look Caulfield | Blue Houndstooth Suit


 
 

Derby Day Style Guide

 

Derby Day suiting is all about stripped back style, separating the boys from the men with a strict monochrome dress code and zero tolerance approach to colour. While going back to black may seem stifling to some, this restrictive set of rules offers a lot more breathing room than you may expect.

 

For a simple but sophisticated solution, opt for a black suit with a little bit of texture to it. A tightly woven twill suit, paired with a cutaway collar shirt and full Windsor knot can make for a welcome companion to counter this difficult dress code.

 

If you've put black suiting behind you, opt for the renegades alternative and check yourself out in a bold Windowpane or Prince of Wales charcoal suit. Still a member of the monochrome family, grey suiting can bring a lot of gravitas to your race day attire.

 
 

Derby Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Caulfield | Charcoal Windowpane Check SuitDerby Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Caulfield | Charcoal Prince of Wales Check Suit


 
 

Melbourne Cup Style Guide

 

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.

 

Take advantage of the loosely defined dress code, and explore the more adventurous side of tailoring with a broad Windowpane or Prince of Wales patterned suit. Pair with a matching or contrast coloured vest for a stunning three-piece statement that's sure to steal the show.

 

For the pared-back punter, swap out pattern clashing combos and opt for something with a little more texture to it, like a linen blazer. Wear this with a knit tie, tailored chino and contrast pocket square for a flash of colour.

 
 

Melbourne Cup Style Guide | Race Day Look Melbourne Cup | Indigo Windowpane Check SuitMelbourne Cup Style Guide | Race Day Look Melbourne Cup | Blue Windowpane Check Blazer


 
 

Oaks Day Style Guide

 

While traditionally known as Women’s Day, Oaks for blokes calls for a greater focus on floral patterns, with soft grey and blue suiting being key to complimenting your partner's race day attire.

 

If you're going stag, show the jockeys that you're no shrinking violet and stand out with a blue statement suit, completed with a pastel cotton shirt or linen shirt. Feature with a floral tie in a gutsy Windsor knot or go loose collar with a flashy floral lapel pin to keep on-theme.

 
 

Oaks Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Oaks Day | Navy Twill SuitOaks Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Oaks Day | Navy Prince of Wales Suit


 
 

Stakes Day Style Guide

 

Contrary to the high stakes environment between the barriers, this day's dress code calls for a much more low-key approach to tailoring, with lightweight blazers and cotton chinos leading the pack in race day style.

 

Raise the bar on casual tailoring and introduce a bit of Italian influence into your race day attire, with a soft-tailored linen blazer, open-collared shirt, and crisp white chino - contrast with a punchy pocket square and a suede loafer to finish the Milanese look.

 
 

Stakes Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Stakes Day | Blue Windowpane Check BlazerStakes Day Style Guide | Race Day Look Stakes Day | Oat Windowpane Check Blazer


 

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