It’s the race that stops the nation – trainers, jockeys, punters and fashionistas will soon come together from around the world to take part in the excitement that is Melbourne Cup. And anyone who isn’t trackside at Flemington will be crowded around TV screens in pubs, TABs, restaurants and office parties across Australia to watch the two mile race.
But it’s not just about the horses. For many, race day fashion is just as important as who crosses the finish line first. And for those on a budget, looking glamourous on race day doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Gumtree can help you find low cost racewear fit to compete in Fashions on the Field.
Melbourne Cup trends for ladies
Melbourne Cup is traditionally full of big, bold colours and outrageous headpieces – and this year isn’t going to be any different. Style gurus are predicting this will be most colourful Melbourne Cup yet, so if you’re hunting for a budget outfit but want to stay on trend, find something with bright, solid colours instead of prints. Other trends for this year’s Melbourne Cup include monochrome, pastel and two piece ensembles.
Race day fashion tips:
Headpiece – A fascinator or headpiece is a must for Melbourne Cup day. If you’re on a tight budget, just go for a fascinator and let it be the star of your outfit
Accessories – Where possible, try to find accessories that match the tones of your dress, but without having exactly the same colour hat, bag and shoes
Touch of class – The races are a classy affair, so to pull off a sophisticated look avoid sequins and bare midriffs and go for a knee-length hemline
Melbourne Cup trends for men
Race day fashion isn’t just for the ladies! More and more men are getting dressed to the nines, looking sharp on Melbourne Cup day. A stylish suit and tie will always hit the mark, but the big trend this year is mis-matched suits, which is very handy if you’re buying yours second hand! If you like wearing colour, wide flamboyant ties win the fashion stakes this year.
Race day fashion tips:
Cuff length – As any discerning gent will know, the rule on race day is to show some shirt below your jacket sleeves
Pocket flowers – Each race has its own flower, so if you wear a pocket flower, make sure it’s the right one! Melbourne Cup’s official flower is the yellow rose
Shoes – If you don’t want to offend, choose dark coloured shoes; the fashion elite will pass out if you show up in white shoes for Melbourne Cup
Getting dressed up for Melbourne Cup can be lots of fun, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend big. There are plenty of good quality, second hand outfits and accessories on Gumtree, so with a bit of creative flair you’ll be race day ready in no time. Most importantly, when you’re looking for a Melbourne Cup outfit, choose something you’re likely to wear again to make it worth your while.