Getting glammed up to go to the races is nothing new; however, every year, the trends change. Whether long dresses or short are in fashion, the general rules of dressing for the Melbourne Cup are far from those of the British tradition of tweed and class. The Melbourne Cup is all about colour and making it "pop". Hats are often very tongue in cheek and a nod to the outlandish hats of other racecourses, which are worn without irony. Whatever you choose to wear, ensure you inject a little Aussie humour into your outfit. If you're looking on point, then you're more likely to be feeling confident; maybe that will translate into a few lucky winners on the horses.
Here are some of our tips for dressing for the Melbourne Cup:
Contrast Those Colours
Flemington's track is legendary, and it's said that it is the richest two mile handicap in the world. The grandiosity of this event calls for big colours. There's no better way to a show stopping outfit than contrasting your colours. Against the bright green of the grass and the sunshine, you can push the colour pallete as far as you like. Go for a block colour on the dress, and a contrasting pastel for the hat. And, if you want to match your adventurousness in fashion with a punchy flutter, why not take a punt on the horse Red Cardinal? Red is always a colour in vogue and, as sixth favourite, Red Cardinal has the racing chops to match an interesting starting price.
If you're unsure of how odds work and who you should be backing, take a look at the Melbourne Cup betting general information & guide to other interesting horses. It surely would not be fashionable for last year's winner Almandin to take home the trophy again but the horse will start as favourite. Generally, like in fashion, it pays to be daring, so why not take a chance on one of the outsiders such as Jon Snow. If Jon Snow wins, then nobody will be able to accuse you of knowing nothing. Most - if not all - bookmakers will have free bets on offer as well, to take the strain out of picking a horse.
Co-ordinate with Friends
The Melbourne Cup is teeming with photographers just waiting to take your photo and publish it in a magazine or blog. If this is something you fancy, you're going to have to pull out all of the stops with your outfit. Another way of doing this might be to co-ordinate your outfit with your friends. However, co-ordination doesn't have to mean dressing exactly the same.
Pick a theme, for instance, 'pastel pink', which you can all work around and incorporate into your outfit without having to compromise your own style. For instance, if you're bolder with your accessories, take a pastel pillar box bag, and if your look is softer, perhaps try a flowing dress.
Go Floral with Headwear
If you're more of a structured hat sort of racegoer, perhaps this year is the chance to step out of your comfort zone. As seen at races in Britain this season, such as at Ascot, floral headwear is very much on trend. This doesn't have to mean a gaudy fascinator, it could actually be a very elegantly arranged headpiece. Some headpieces are even going as far as to create the design using fresh flowers, which makes a beautiful and delicate alternative to a hat. Just hope it isn't too windy!
Race day is all about enjoying yourself and letting your hair down. Have a few glasses of bubbly and watch some of the racing, but most of all have fun! Wear something which you love, and make trends work for you. If you're worrying about the height of your heels all day, you're never going to enjoy yourself, and you might as well have spent the day at home. And don't get hung up on the 'perfect outfit' - trust in your instinct and personal style to create a winning combination from head to toe.
The Melbourne Cup is the biggest event in the racing calendar, so plan ahead and ensure you have everything you need. Don't forget that you'll probably want to get your hair and nails fixed too so that your look is polished. Enjoy your race day with a little Aussie humour!