What Not to Wear to the Melbourne Cup or to the Spring Racing Carnival
Melbourne Cup is the biggest horse race in Australia and a day that has become a public holiday in Melbourne (yep, that’s how big it is).
After years of racegoers becoming less and less well dressed, there is a push this year to redefine racewear in a modern, but still appropriate sense.
The rules include:
- If you’d wear it to a nightclub, it’s probably not appropriate for the races, avoid too many sparkles, too short and definitely no midriff or too much cleavage.
- If it’s strapless, or spaghetti strapped, don’t wear it.
- Keep spray tans to a minimum, orange skin is not pretty.
- Thigh high splits in skirts and dresses are a no-no
- Remember it can be windy, so make sure your underwear is not too revealing, and that your hat stays in place.
- Headwear is a must, but you’ll be wearing it all day, make sure it doesn’t give you a headache.
Racewear is best when it is pretty and feminine – think garden party not dance party.