What to wear to Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is less than a week away and I think it is one of the most exciting days in the fashion calendar, so naturally I am so excited! I am lucky enough to be heading to Flemington for the second year in a row, where hundreds of immaculately dressed women compete in the Myer Fashions on the Field, which is one of my favourite things to spectate. I competed in this last year after winning the Prix de Fashion final at Ellerslie and had the best time. Melbourne is the racing capital of Australia and the atmosphere at Flemington is beyond incredible with the Spring Racing Carnival being one of Victoria’s biggest events of the year and the fashion is unparalleled – so I can’t wait!

I am honoured to be Auckland Racing Club’s Fashion Ambassador for the upcoming season (which I am so excited about!) so I have put this together to hopefully assist you in your outfit planning. Whether you are competing in the Fashions on the Field at Flemington or just attending the race day, the pressure can be on to look your best. Melbourne Cup Day to me is about bold, bright colours, with a modern twist on race wear. No detail should be overlooked so I’ve included a few tips as well as putting together some inspiration from some of my favourite current trends that you’ll be sure to see on course this year.

Bows – The bolder the better

Whether it is a bow in your millinery, on your dress, pants or top or on your shoes, bows are huge this season, and I mean LITERALLY. There are so many big beautiful bows being incorporated in to race wear and it is one way to make your outfit really stand out. Coordinate one or two into your outfit and make sure they compliment each other.

Bold, bright block colours

Carrying on from what we saw last year, this trend is here to stay. Melbourne Cup Day is always a celebration of beautiful, bright colours. This year my picks are gorgeous bright pinks, emerald greens, classic red and yellows. Whole outfits in one or two colours and carrying it through to matching accessories always makes a statement. 

Beautiful prints

Again, this is something I expect to see a lot of this year. From the intricate to the bold, incorporated with texture, prints are the perfect race day option. Pick a print that has a depth of colours and then draw on those colour elements to accessorise with. This pulls the whole outfit together effortlessly.

Wide brim hats

I am so excited that wide brim hats are huge this season, as they’re my absolute favourite! There is nothing more dramatic than a hat with a huge brim to add that something extra to your outfit. I’m loving this look when it is incorporated with a big dramatic bow, either on the brim or as a neck tie.

Don’t neglect the finer details on the day. Ensure your hair, makeup and nails all work with your look too. Hair up goes beautifully with most millinery and the options are endless, but wearing your hair out will look beautiful with headbands and smaller headpieces. A bold lip like a classic red can really polish off an outfit, but keep your makeup daywear appropriate. If it’s sunny, don’t forget to have a pair of sunglasses that are also styled and ready to go! Also my secret weapon, the LancĂ´me Fix It Forget It Setting Mist – so your makeup stays put all day!

Some of my current favourites


I love this Bow Scrunchie from ASOS, it looks so good with a simple pony. And this Rebecca Vallance dress with the shoulder bow detailing in such a perfect pink is so stunning!

wide-brim-hatsOn the left is a distressed wide brim hat with bows (double win!) from one of my favourite milliners, Jill & Jack Millinery. On the right is another hat that incorporates both trends as seen on Crystal Kimber in Vogue Australia, in one of my favourite colours of the season.


I love this Maggie Marilyn set on the left, the beautiful emerald green with the stripe makes such a statement and with the right accessories would be really cool. On the right is a photo of me on Derby Day at Ellerslie this year, another example of how a simple bow can work so well. This one is from Jill & Jack Millinery.


This Alexa Chung polka-dot silk dress is to die for and would be the perfect base for a race wear outfit and would be perfect accessorised with red shoes. These suede heels are Nina Armando.

For extra things to do around the city if you’re visiting Victoria for the Melbourne Cup, see the Visit Melbourne website here.



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