A gentleman’s guide to Melbourne Cup style
The Melbourne Cup is just around the corner, so we’ve compiled our top sartorial tips to stay ahead of the race day pack. Known locally as ‘the race that stops a nation,’ it is Australia’s most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race. The Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held in 1861. And like the race’s rich heritage, it has a fair share of traditions with regards to men’s fashion.
A day at the races is a great excuse to dress to the nines. The official dress code for the Members Enclosure states that gentlemen are required to wear a suit or tailored slacks, blazer plus a tie and dress shoes. If you decide to wear a suit, make sure it is beautifully tailored and fits perfectly. When it comes to whether or not you should stick with the classic two-piece or more distinguished three-piece, there’s no steadfast rule. The best Melbourne Cup style draws from the classic style of yesteryear when men were always out to impress. A regular two-piece suit gets the job done, but a three-piece suit can elevate your look to the next level.
The official flower of Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose. A yellow silk rose lapel pin is a stylish detail that will complete your look. Alternatively, nod towards this tradition by incorporating yellow details into your outfit, such as a yellow pocket square, tie pattern or even your socks. As long as there’s some hint of yellow somewhere in your look, you’re on the right track. For a bolder statement, layer a yellow woven dress shirt into your suit. Regardless of whether you keep things subtle or go over the top, just don’t forget the yellow.
If you’re going for the smart causal look, make sure your separates look sharp. A double breasted blazer paired with chinos will make a real statement. Dress up a single breasted blazer with a patterned pocket square and a coordinating tie. As the weather may be warm, lightweight cotton or linen blazer is appropriate.
Accessories are the key to bring your outfit together. If you’re wearing a subtle business shirt, choose a bold patterned tie. Your pocket square and tie doesn’t have to coordinate exactly, but we recommend either coordinating the colour or the pattern. A silk knitted tie is another way to add a nice point of difference. If you are wearing a double cuff business shirt, refined cufflinks will add the finishing touch to your tailoring.