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Melbourne Cup Fashions 2019

October 27, 2019

Spring is here in Australia and that means that the Spring Racing Carnival including the famous Melbourne Cup is just around the corner.  For many, the Melbourne Cup is more about Fashion and Lunches rather than the actual race, so I’ve asked Christine Blundell from Style at Savvy 60 to give us some tips on fashion and accessories.

Melbourne Cup Fashions 2019

It’s that time of year again to be thinking of what to be wearing for the Spring Racing Carnival, in particular for the Melbourne Cup. For those of you who don’t live in Australia, it is THE BIGGEST race day of the year, known as much for, maybe more, to many of us for the Fashions as for the big race itself.

As well as the actual Cup day, there are race days leading up to and after, each with their own dress code that is expected of those attending, including Derby Day with Black and White being the theme and Oaks Day, or Ladies day where soft and feminine dress is encouraged.

For those of us not attending, there are Melbourne Cup lunches and cup sweeps around the country and it is a great excuse to bring out our finery, including hats and fascinators.

So what can we expect to be Trending for Melbourne Cup Carnival 2019?

Derby Day Saturday November 2

Melbourne Cup Fashions 2019
Derby Day is traditionally the day for a black and white theme. It can be either monochromatic or a mix of prints. Check patterns are also very popular at the moment . Derby day is very much a day to be classy and stylish.

Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday November 5

Melbourne Cup Fashions 2019
The day of the big race is a day for colour, this year sees neons, purples, electric blue, bright florals .Tailored pants and jumpsuits are everywhere this year and I am sure will be one of the big trends on Cup day.

Headwear either fascinators, hats, jewelled headbands, clips etc. Headwear trends seem to be a little more relaxed and we may see more of the headbands than in years past, sometimes it can be for practical reasons eg. Not poking people in the face with high and pointed fascinators and hats when on public transport!

Oaks Day Thursday November 7

Melbourne Cup Fashions 2019
This is a day for feminine, frills, florals, lace etc. The current popular tea length dresses are perfect for this. Elegance and romantic outfits for this Ladies Day with soft pastel and pretty florals or prints.

Along with the dress and the headwear, let’s not neglect the finishing touches to our overall look with choices of shoes, bag, earrings and necklace.

A good rule of thumb is to select dress and headwear in conjunction with each other and if, for example, the dress has a lot of detail and drama, keep the fascinators more simple and vice versa.

Face shape
Keep in mind face shape and shape of fascinators, eg, if you have a :

  • Longer face, don’t have headwear to high as it will make the face even longer, instead choose one with more width than height and worn to the side.
  • Round face, choose longer lines.
  • Square face, rounder, softer lines or feathers.
  • Oval face, lucky you! You can wear anything!


You will notice the shoes I have chosen in the images do not have any stilettos.For a very good reason, so that they don’t sink down into grass and cause a nasty accident, or embarrassing moments! And of course, comfort! If you have enough room in your bag it may be a good idea to pop in a pair of those foldable jiffies, or at very least bandaids.

Remember when choosing your bag that you need to have your hands free for holding nibbles and drinks so a bag with a strap or handle that you can slip on your arm is ideal. Keep the size smaller but large enough for phone, wallet, lipstick, tissues, bandaids and comb. If your bag is too heavy it’s going to cause discomfort and maybe pain as it will be a long day to carry it around.

When deciding on necklace and earrings remember not to have both large and dramatic, if you have a statement necklace then keep the earrings simple.

If you are attending the Melbourne Cup or any of the Spring Races around the country I would love you to post photos of you in your outfit . Let me know which of the looks are your favourite

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  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 28, 2019 at 14:29

    Hi, Christine and Sue – Thank you for sharing these Melbourne Cup Fashions. Not being from Australia, it all looks extra magical to me!! If other readers respond to your request to share their photos from Melbourne Cup events, please post them (with their permission of course). I would LOVE to see them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2019 at 07:49

      Melbourne Cup is a big deal in Australia, Donna. They even have a public holiday in Victoria to celebrate it. It is more about the fashions than the race these days and there are certainly some Hits and Misses in the Fashions on the Field. xx

    • Reply Christine October 30, 2019 at 16:52

      Hi Donna, yes it certainly is an occasion to bring out the best and often worst fashions! I really hope some of our readers share their photos, particularly from Cup Lunches they attend. Christine x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 28, 2019 at 21:14

    So many pretty dresses and bags and shoes – I loved that little floral handbag and the Floraday dress was gorgeous. I’m not a horse racing person, but my birthday is Nov 4th so I’ll think of it as birthday fashion instead of horse racing fashion 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2019 at 07:47

      Hi BBB, yes Christine put together some lovely pieces. I’m not into the racing side of things but I love looking at the hits and misses in the Fashions on the Fields. You should treat yourself to a new outfit for your birthday that suits your new lifestyle. Have a great week, my friend. xx

    • Reply Christine October 30, 2019 at 16:55

      Hi Leanne yes the gorgeous floral bag is a favourite of mine too. I also loved the beautiful pink fascinator although I would have no occasion to wear it. Enjoy your birthday. Christine x

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan November 1, 2019 at 00:08

    How I love all these looks. My mom and brother live in Lexington, KY and Keeneland Race Track is there. I have only gone once to the races but thoroughly enjoyed the race, but even more the pomp and circumstance around the fashion, the food, drinks. Would love to someday have occasion to wear a fascinator and be able to do so with some confidence. Love everything you shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 1, 2019 at 08:41

      I’ve never been to the races Leslie but I love looking at all the Fashion. Some are really hits and others are definitely misses especially after a few wines! xx

  • Reply Miriam November 7, 2019 at 07:08

    Hi Sue and Christine. These fashions are gorgeous. I’m a Melbourne girl and love all the glitz of the races though I haven’t been for years. I remember years ago my horse mad young daughter was invited to sing in a choir at Stakes Day. It was such a buzz for all of us. This year I was at my niece’s 15th birthday afternoon tea on Cup Day so a long way from the fashions on the field!

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