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David Jones

Your Guide to Getting Race-Ready

We’ve called it - spring racing marks the official start of party season! The weather’s warming up, the sun’s out and each race event is a chance to dress up and get glam.

If you’re a spring racing socialite (or have aspirations) or perhaps you’re gearing up for the big Cup Day, you’ll know that getting ready is part of the fun. Read on for our guide to getting race-ready, and yes, champagne is definitely included.

Make sure you know the dress code.

What’s worse than someone else wearing the same dress as you?  Turning up to the races dressed inappropriately. Remember the types of dress for each race event to avoid becoming a fashion pariah.

Derby Day: It’s a classy black and white affair but amp it up with graphic prints and edgy accessories. Shop Derby Day looks.

Melbourne Cup Day: This is the biggest day of the racing carnival so don’t be afraid to get creative and bold with your outfit. Shop Melbourne Cup Day looks.

Crown Oaks Day: Go all out femme on this day with a floral frock or a pastel number. Shop Crown Oaks Day looks.

Stakes Day: The last day of the carnival is a relatively relaxed affair so take on a casual glam approach with a maxi dress and wedges. Shop Stakes Day looks.

Accessories are key.

Race day outfits require a complete head-to-toe look so your accessories should complement or match your dress. This includes your headpiece, clutch, shoes and jewellery; bonus points for your perfume and/or makeup.

Plan your clutch essentials.

Treat your clutch as your survival kit: essentials only to help get you through the day. We recommend a compact-sized perfume, lipstick and other makeup for touch-ups, and iPhone. Discover more race-day clutch essentials.

Get ready in style.

Invite your best girl squad over for pre-race prep, and get scones, croissants and some fruit for a light breakfast treat. And don’t forget to pop the champagne for a sparkling way to start the day.


Want more race-ready inspiration? Visit our Pinterest page.

Shop more Spring Racing looks.