So a certain viral pandemic might make this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival a bit subdued trackside. Yes, the race will still go ahead, but it will be missing some 100,000 racing punters when the gates open on November 3.
However, there’re still plenty of reasons to get excited about the world’s richest two-mile handicap. There will definitely still be a certain atmosphere. For a start, pubs and bars will be brimming with once-a-year gamblers looking to win a few bucks on the big race. You also have a great excuse to get dressed up like you’re heading to Flemington Racecourse and explore the classier side of your wardrobe.
Here we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you look like a proper dapper chap come race day, and maybe become a favourite for your local Fashions on the Field.
The Pinstripe Suit
When we think of the pinstripe suit it’s easy to picture Wall Street bankers and big shot lawyers. But the fact is, pinstripe suits are back in a big way and will definitely make you stand out from the crowd on race day. They can be worn with or without a waistcoat depending on how hot it is, and they also look great with a tie or cravat.
A stylish pinstripe suit is a wardrobe staple.
Adding a bit of colour
If pinstripes aren’t your thing and you like a more refined, minimalist look for the occasion, you could definitely consider lighter colour suits for the big event. Beige or light blue looks fantastic at the track, accompanied by some sleek navy-blue accessories to finish off your ensemble. Slip on your favourite pair of (designer) sunnies and you’ll be set looking like a straight up frontrunner.
Footwear and Socks
This is an area that can really make or break your look. Get it right and you’ll resemble a seasoned racegoer. Get it wrong and your appearance will be at long odds to make an impact. A nice pair of brogues or derby shoes are perfect for a day at the races. It’s always good to have a different colour to your suit, preferably a few shades darker unless wearing black. As for socks, don’t go too outlandish. No matter what anyone says, superheroes and cartoon characters are not cool or a cultivated representation of who you are. Keep them dark or the same colour as your accessories.
When in doubt, go for dark socks.
Bonus Tip: Spring is a tricky time to bare the ankles as they have been in cold hibernation through winter/confinement and may resemble a pair of white socks. If you’re set on wearing loafers, try them with socks in the same colour as the shoes or trousers.
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