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What are the dress themes for the main race day events for Spring Racing?

Rosie Hegarty

In Australia, there's 4 main race day events for the Spring Racing Season. Each day is steeped with tradition and there are certain themes and vibes that tend to stick. If you’re planning on going to all four race days then you might want to consider the traditions when choosing what to wear as, unfortunately, one outfit for all four probably won’t cut it.

Stakes Day outfits

Stakes Day is the least formal of the four days. It has a family-friendly vibe so you’ll want to choose an outfit that isn’t too OTT. Stick to smaller headwear pieces and a comfortable dress.

Derby Day has a tradition of monochrome black and white. Choose block colours rather than loud patterns and choose headwear that is feather free.

Oaks Day outfit

Melbourne Cup is just as much Fashions on the Field as horses racing on the track. By far it is the extravaganza of the Racing year so gold big, go bold or go home. Keep your nightclub dresses in the closet and opt for colours that a bright and fun.  You can go all out with your headwear.

Melbourne Cup outfit

Oaks is also known as Ladies Day so traditionally girls love to get their feminine wear on. Think pastels, think pink and gorgeous florals.  Expect headwear to be adorned with lush flowers, satin, silk and lace.


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