The Spring Racing Carnival Survival Guide

02 September 2015

The Spring Racing Carnival Survival Guide

There are those that find the season of Spring to be the most exciting from a fashion perspective. It’s a season of fresh starts, budding ideas, and most importantly, numerous excuses to not only get your best threads out, but to set your tailor to work on a new suit for the season. 


 

What is the Carnival?
It’s a time when Australia’s capital of style and sport rises to the occasion with everyone in the city riding a wave of fever pitch happiness much like that found in a…. well I suppose like that found in a carnival.

What’s the big deal?
The carnival serves as the ideal opportunity for Australia’s most style conscious folk to put their best fashion foot forward. This is the time when you will see the cream of high society mix it with us mere mortals in an effort to determine who, as the best dressed, will be named the Fashion on the Fields winner. An accolade that last year went to Peter Tran who it just so happens was outfitted by none other than Oscar Hunt. A not so subtle brag, but we think we’ve earned the right to show off just a little.

The Races
With 50 days of racing, it’s hard to keep up with what’s what. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the biggest days, what you should be wearing on that day, and of course, the latest date you can get fitted for a new suit for the day in question.


17th Oct

Caulfield Cup Day - Caulfield
This takes place on the 17th October which is the final day of the Caulfield Carnival.

Dress code
They say smart casual with a blazer and tie at all times, but if you’re going down the smart casual route we still prefer a suit.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 5th

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24th Oct

Cox Plate Day – Moonee Valley
Saturday 24th October sees the second of the big money races of the season.

Dress code
Traditional dress rules apply with a suit, tie, and leather shoes a must. You’ll probably want to add a shirt to that list too.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 12th

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31st Oct

Victoria Derby Day - Flemington
It might be Halloween but hopefully there’ll be very few horrors on show this 31st October.

Dress code
This is black and white day so whatever you take from that is your own personal choice, but remember this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go completely formal. A white suit and a black shirt is still adhering to the rules, although we’re not sure you want to go full John Travolta on Derby Day.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 19th

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3rd Nov

Melbourne Cup Day - Flemington
The richest race of the year and one of racing’s biggest showpieces, the Melbourne Cup is run on the 3rd November.

Dress code
Be smart, be formal, and be stylish, but then isn’t that always the rule at these things? The biggest day of both the sporting and fashion calendars needs a bold statement, so don’t be afraid to make it.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 22nd

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5th Nov

Crown Oaks Day – Flemington
This million dollar race takes place two days after the Melbourne Cup on Thursday the 5th November.

Dress code
This is ladies’ day so try not to steal the limelight from the fairer sex. Dress to impress but keep it understated enough that if there’s a lady on your arm, she gets all the compliments and not you.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 24th

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7th Nov

Stakes Day – Flemington
This year’s Stakes Day falls on Saturday 7th November and is the final not-to-be-missed day of the calendar.

Dress code
As this is a family focused day, the dress code rules are a bit more relaxed with understated style being the only requirement. There are prizes for younger racegoers that have made an effort with their attire, so as with the ladies, let the young ones have their day in the spotlight.

Last date for ordering your suit for the day
Sept 26th

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Now that you have a rough idea of what you should be wearing, why not check out our Spring Racing Style Guide for a few tips on the colours and styles. You never know it might even get you noticed by the judges on the lookout for this year’s prospective Fashion on the Fields winner.