Spring Racing Style Edit: Melbourne Cup

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Spring Racing Style Edit: Melbourne Cup

The biggest day of the Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtedly the Melbourne Cup.

Known as ‘The Race that stops a nation’, it’s held on the first Tuesday of November. If you’re headed to Flemington for the big race, or one of the many parties or functions held across Australia to celebrate the occasion, it’s the ideal day to make a powerful style statement. Be bold and be brave. The Melbourne Cup is a day to let your hair down and pack a punch with your style.

We are seeing bold and punchy colours dominate as a key trend this season. All you have to do is pick your favourite one! Various shades of orange will certainly be a hero colour this season, such as the Tangerine split dress seen below, styled by Westfield Style Authority Paul. Choosing an elegant style in a standout colour will ensure all eyes are on you for all the right reasons. Let your outfit be the hero to this race day and add more subtle accessories, such as coordinating nude pumps with a matching mini handbag. I love the box bag shape that’s coming through this season, such as the style seen below from Myer, as it has enough room to keep all the necessities on hand, from your lippy and sunscreen to your winning tickets!

If dresses aren’t your thing, or you really want to make a statement, suiting separates provide an appropriately cool and on trend alternative. The striking Emerald wide legged pants seen below, combined with a slouchy low-cut blazer, create a modern look with a feminine edge that will leave you feeling like a Boss Woman. With such a powerful get up, I recommend keeping your accessories simple and neutral. As seen below, Paul has styled this outfit with black and white accessories, which are enhancing the overall look while ensuring Emerald is the hero.

When choosing your outfit, remember to get into the spirit of the races and don’t forget your headwear! To keep your look playful and modern, I suggest adding a wide brim hat, such as the style seen above from Myer. If you’ve gone for a bold colour palette, I would recommend again sticking to that neutral option for your headwear. If not a hat, you could choose another hero trend of the season, being a textured and feminine headband.

Suiting separates aren’t just for the ladies. Traditionally a matching suit has been the go-to for many men, but last year we saw a shift towards separates. Gentlemen, for Melbourne Cup Day why not experiment? The key is to choose a jacket and pant that both compliment and contrast against each other. As styled by Paul, the pink jacket seen below from Calibre really pops against the navy trousers, making a strong statement. I also recommend having some fun with your shirt choice, such as incorporating a colour-coordinated print. For a small accessory, a block colour pocket square can have a small but significant impact on your overall look, making your finished look a little sharper. If you’re in the mood to party, skip the members area and skip the tie. Remember, the day doesn’t have to end after the last race…

You’ve partied hard for the day that is the Melbourne Cup and had some wins. You get a brief respite before it’s time for the beauty of Oaks Day. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies’ day is up next!

Written by Westfield's Spring Racing Authority, Angela Menz. Click here to meet Angela.

Shop the look:

Check Frock Coat from Zara, Satin Finish Palazzo Trousers from Zara, Hanisha White Leather Point Toe Stiletto Heel from Wittner, Trinity Clutch from Mimco, Gregory Ladner Deep Crown Boater with Large Bow from Myer, High Heart Short Sleeve Dress from C/MEO, Vinyl High Heel Shoes from Zara, Ruby Top Handle Clutch by Olga Berg from Myer, Earrings and Floral Headband from Lovisa and Suit from Calibre.

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