With the Caulfield Cup done and dusted, and Derby Day fast approaching, we've put together an extensive checklist breaking down race-day essentials, so you can spend less time horsing around and more time soaking up the Spring Carnival Sun.
Front Running Fabrics: The Suit
Spring Carnival represent the time of year when the men of Australia transition into true seasonal style, putting our drab, dark suits out pasture, and seeing a bountiful bouquet of navy, indigo and soft grey fabrics begin to take root. Patterns to parade for this year's festivities see a greater focus on Windowpane, Multi and Prince of Wales Checks with the Regatta Stripe shortly followed.
New styles now explore buggy lined jackets and soft shoulder construction to complement the growing trend of casual tailoring. For additional punting panache, split your suits into separates and play with mixed-pattern styling.
Be sure to keep the race-day dress codes in mind when planning your carnival couture.
First Out The Gate : The Shirt
Just as important as race-day suiting, a well-pressed and well-paired shirt can be a great way to even the odds on the fields fashion. While cotton classic Ginghams and Stripes are always a solid bet, be sure to balance the scale of your pattern with that of your suit. If the weather calls for serious sunshine, beat back the spring heat and substitute your heavy cotton's with a linen weave, for a more breathable, textured look.
Spring Carnival Centrepiece: The Tie
No longer just a corporate noose, Spring Carnival showcases the breadth, diversity and creativity in the contemporary silk tie. Take the opportunity to reacquaint yourself with this staple of menswear, and splash out on something a little left of field. Knits and loudly patterned Paisleys or Florals screams race day style.
A Farrier's Focus: The Shoe
Race day dapper doesn't stop at the waistline. Strike a cord with the carnival crowd, and freshen up your Flemington footwear with a contemporary take on classic styles. The modern Monk and Brogue boot are shoe-ins for trackside pairings.
Podium Finish: Accessories
Much like the horse that breaks late, never underestimate the impact a last minute accessory can have on your Spring Carnival ensemble. For a well-structured finish, tie bars and cufflinks are the way to go. If you're gunning for something with a little more personality, try your hand at a poppy pocket square or floral lapel pin.