Fashions on the Field

Dust off your fascinators, shine your shoes and grab a glass of something sparkling; because it’s nearly that time of year again - time for “the race that stops a nation.”

Held on the first Tuesday in November every year, The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s foremost primary racing event, and the crown jewel of the Spring Racing season.

The race itself only takes a little more than three minutes, but that’s not our favourite part of the day. As with any racing event, The Melbourne Cup is all about the fashions on the field.

So to help you craft your ensemble for the biggest race day of the year; here are a few fashions to follow for this cup day.

Pinks, Pastels and Peaches

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If the fashions on the field at Caulfield Cup Day and Myer’s Spring Racing Collection are anything to go by, then pink is back in a big way this year.

While bold, bright pinks can be used to perfection; this year is all about the more pastel-based blush, or peach pinks. Both of which pair perfectly with gold or silver accessories; and even better with a glass of something pink

To the Brim

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While fascinators of all shapes and styles will always have a place at the races, this year’s racing season has already seen a big push towards even bigger brims.

From classic, feminine cuts (like the one above, worn by Jessica Gomes at this year’s Caulfield Cup); to secretive, spy-like fedoras and trilbies; it’s safe to say that sun-safe is back in style this season.

Layers of Lace

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Whether it’s in classic ivory, or with a splash of pink (such as the one worn by Rebecca Judd at Caulfield Cup Day), lace is everywhere this season.

The fantastic thing about lace is that it breathes wonderfully for our warm Spring days. However, remember that cup day tends to get a little cold in the evenings, so make sure that you pair your frock with a jacket (or at least with a partner who has one). 

Separate from the Crowd

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In a recent blog post, Daniel Jones, one of the head tailors at G.A. Zink & Sons Bespoke Tailoring – Sydney’s leading bespoke tailor – says that men should opt for casual separates, such as a navy jacket with cream trousers.

However, remember that Melbourne Cup Day is your chance to be bold, so experiment with colours and patterns – as seen in the picture above.

Your Time to Sparkle

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While the mint julep is the drink of choice for the Kentucky Derby, and Pimms is undoubtedly the perfect pairing at Royal Ascot; sparkling Australian wine is the best way to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day.

However, stand out from the pack this year, with a glass of our Flamingo Sparkling Moscato. It’s soft, pink hue adds an extra layer of fun to any outfit, and it’s refreshing, naturally sweet flavour pairs perfectly with track-side canapés and springtime celebrations.  

You can buy our Flamingo Sparkling Moscato online here, or Sydneysiders can now also enjoy it at Mosman Rowers Club and Hotel Steyne in Manly.

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Roberta Marchesini