Our Spring Racing collection features a range of stunning dresses, from bright and bold prints to dainty lace designs. Keep reading to discover the history of the carnival, dress codes for each event, and tips on what to wear.
History of the Spring Racing Carnival
The Spring Racing Carnival has been a significant event in Melbourne since the 1800s. The carnival encompasses four major racing events—the Caulfield Cup, Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, and Oaks Day—and a smaller event known as the Stakes Day. The Carnival began as a way to showcase and enjoy thoroughbred horse racing. Today, it has become one of the biggest social events of the calendar year, with many sports viewers attending the races as well as fashion-conscious attendees enjoying the ambiance while also showcasing their tailored outfits.
Spring Racing Carnival Events & Outfits
There are a number of events as part of the spring racing calendar, which all have varying rules and dress codes. We’ve summarised the main dress codes below to ensure everything is clear for you with our Spring Racing Carnival tips.
Caulfield Cup is known as a race of champions and will be held on Saturday 21st of October. The dress code for women is mostly focused on minimalistic fashion, and the racegoers usually dress in a mix of elegant and modern attire. Women typically wear a maxi or midi dresses, paired with a tailored blazer on top and completed with matching accessories and heels. We’re also seeing a lot of matching sets this season and statement fascinators are a popular outfit staple for this occasion.
Derby Day is one of the most prestigious days of the carnival, and it usually occurs in early November, taking place on Saturday 4th of this year. The dress code is black and white for this event. Women usually wear black or white dresses or separates with elegant headpieces. Our range features a number of options suitable for this event, such as our white dresses or patterned black and white dresses from our Spring Racing Edit. You can also pair white tailored pants with an ivory lace shirt, which can be paired with a tailored blazer and complimentary jewellery pieces.
Oaks Day is usually held on the second Thursday of November and will be on the 9th this year. The dress code for women is focused on femininity, and it's all about showcasing the latest fashion styling favourites. A romantic and flowy dress or skirt with elegant heels and statement accessories is suitable. Florals and pastels are especially perfect for the dress code for this day, with the addition of fascinators and headpieces. Browse our range of floral dresses to find your favourite for Oaks Day.
The Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup Day is known as the race that stops a nation and is taking place on the 7th of November this year. Women usually wear vibrant-coloured dresses, statement headpieces, and accessorise with eye-catching jewellery to go all-out for this occasion. Print dresses are a common choice for those who want to look sophisticated but add visual interest to their look.
Stakes Day is known as the family day and is usually held on the second or third Saturday of November, placed on the 11th this year. The dress code is relaxed and focuses on a more smart casual approach. Women can wear comfortable dresses and separates, such as smart casual jackets and pants.
Racing Carnival Dress Codes
The Spring Racing Carnival is a unique event that requires specific dress codes for each day. With the right outfit and accessories, you can stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression. It's essential to follow the given dress code for each event to avoid being turned away at the entrance gates. General rules apply to all events, such as no denim, no midriffs, no thongs, or any casual clothing. Attendees are also asked to refrain from wearing head-to-toe black outfits. When embellishing your outfit with accessories, ensure that your hat or headpiece matches your look to ensure a cohesive outfit. Heels are generally the preferred shoe type for the Spring Racing events.
Want to add new pieces to your wardrobe for this year’s racing carnival? Cable Melbourne's Spring Racing Edit has everything you need to make a statement on each occasion, while also remaining comfortable throughout the event you choose to attend.