Spring racing ready: 3 trends to wear to Melbourne Cup

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Spring racing ready: 3 trends to wear to Melbourne Cup

The frocks, the parties, the Instagram pics, the champagne... You'd think it was a recap of fashion week, but actually, we're talking about another showstopper event on our social calendar: the spring racing carnival. It'll be kicking off towards the end of October, which means it's time to start prepping our looks.

Undoubtedly, the crown jewel of the festival is Melbourne Cup, which is taking place on Tuesday, 5 October. While we need to respect the rules of the racing dress code by avoiding anything too short or revealing, we can really go crazy with our look. In fact, we're expected to wear our brightest and boldest outfits, and don the most extravagent headpiece we can find.

Heading to a Melbourne Cup celebration and have no idea what to wear? Rather than just giving you some colourful options, we've rounded up three fashion week-worthy trends that will work perfectly for race day. You'll not only adhere to the dress code, but possibly take out Fashions on the Field while you're there.

Bold suiting


When we think 'spring racing carnival', we automatically think dresses and heels... but a statement suit can be just as chic and even more fashion-forward. For Melbourne Cup day, step out of your comfort zone and into a brightly coloured or printed suit that will put a stylish spin on the dress code.

Shop this trend at David Jones, Carla Zampatti, and Zara.

Padded headbands

One of the biggest racing trends we'll be seeing this year has nothing to do with our clothes. It's called the padded headband, and it's possibly the most on-trend headwear you could choose for this year's racing carnival. It's bold, yet understated at the same time, which means it goes perfectly with the colour and prints you'll be wearing for Melbourne Cup.

Shop this trend at Myer, Zara, and Kate Spade.

Colour on colour


No surprises here: the biggest trend you could wear for Melbourne Cup day is colour - and lots of it. This time around, choose a solid colour dress, and add accessories in equally fun, complementary colours. It's a look that's super on-trend, effortless and full of personality. Plus, you'll be able to wear both the dress and the accessories separately again and again.

Shop this trend at alice McCALL, Cue, Pandora or Myer.

Celebrate

Come celebrate the occassion and dine at Babylon for a menu inspired by the rich and flavourful Levantine cuisine of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. The stunning rooftop will come alive with flowers, champagne and live entertainment. Or come dine with your family and friends at Duck & Rice and enjoy a day bursting with entertainment, food and live coverage of the races - it will certainly be the event that stops the nation.