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The Calibre Man's Guide to the Spring Racing Carnival

Oct 22, 2015 - The Calibre Man

With the Spring Racing Season fast approaching, we have put together a guide covering everything you need to ensure you are looking your sharpest come race day.

When it comes to dressing for the races, attention to detail is key! Each race day calls for a different look (and a different flower for your lapel), so knowing which days you will be attending will help you put together the perfect suiting look.



Derby Day can be simultaneously one of the easiest and hardest race days to dress for. The dress code is strictly black and white, which does make it a little harder to stand out in the sea of monochrome. The Lucas Grey Check and Toccami Suits are perfect for Derby Day as they give you a chance to make a sartorial statement. If you prefer to wear a classic black suit, keep it fashion forward with the Black Stretch Suit for a slim look, and accentuate with some of our great black-and-white accessories (and a pop of colour with a coloured tie bar).

FLOWER: Cornflower


When it comes to high stakes (in horses and in fashion), Melbourne Cup Day is unparalleled. Cup Day calls for you to pull out your sharpest looks to feel your luckiest. The London Blue and Quad Check Suits are both winners, as they both can stand out from the crowd. If opting for a cotton suit, make sure the look is still polished - stick to leather shoes, a crisp shirt and stand out tie. 

FLOWER: Yellow Rose


Think pastel colours and floral patterns – embrace a little femininity on Oaks Day, informally known as Ladies Day. A navy or grey suit paired with a pastel shirt and accessories is foolproof, but the sartorial choice is a cotton suit. The Natural Cotton Suit looks sharp when paired with a whiite shirt and bold accessories. The Zane Pink Stripe Shirt, Purple Stripe Shirt, Blue Paisley Shirt and Garden Print Shirt are all great choices, especially when paired with a silk tie and lapel pin.

Flower: Pink Rose


The Family Day dress code is slightly more relaxed than the other race days, with cotton suiting and leather loafers a winning combination. A cotton blazer (like the Imperial Blazer pictured) and tailored trousers are a great alternative to a suit, however still dress the look up with a shirt and tie. Although Stakes Day is touted as a little less formal, a tie and leather shoes are still a must, as well as the New York Maroon or Albaze Flower Pin to cap off the ensemble.

Flower: Red Rose

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