The Melbourne Cup is one of the most prestigious dates in the racing calendar, bringing together a host of suavely dressed gents. That means the dress code is smart, tailored and extravagant. After all, it’s been coined the race that stops the nation. Here’s our guide for men on what to wear to the Melbourne Cup.
THE POWER SUIT
A suit is always the number one choice when it comes to the races. It will make you look slick and sophisticated in an instant. Did someone say Italian stallion? This season checked suits and colour blocking have made the list alongside the classics: cobalt blue, black, grey and navy suits. If you’re opting for two tone, stick to muted tones and contrast them with a white shirt – the same goes for checks.
If you aren’t feeling the suit, tailored also comes in the form of smart separates like a blazer and slim-fit chinos. When choosing your blazer, look to lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton to withstand Melbourne’s formidable weather. It means you can layer a shirt and vest underneath without adding serious bulk. Balance the structured silhouette on bottom with fitted chinos or tailored trousers. They’re comfortable and you can play about with styles and colour.
Have a bit of fun with your shirting, it injects personality and brings your tailoring to life. We’re championing patterns and print, especially florals. A special mention goes out to stripes, checks and gingham that become instantly contemporary when worn with a clashing tie. Leave the linen behind and choose lightweight cotton with its many cooling properties come spring. One last thing – your collared shirt should be crisply ironed without a crease in sight.
Nothing meets the mark like a pair of leather dress shoes. Black and brown are classic options that work with most suiting styles. Don’t step too far from rich colours like burgundy and navy, they go with more than you think, especially a grey or checked suit. Leather loafers are another no brainer for the dandy gent - just be sure to add socks.
Racing season calls for the finer details and that means a tie, belt and pocket square are essential. Remember to perfect your pocket square technique in the run up to the races. For a bit of extra swag, pimp your blazer with a lapel pin that will glimmer as you move. If your suit is bright and bold, opt for a tie pin instead. Just don’t wear all the accessories at once and we don’t need to tell you why…
Yours in Style,