The Melbourne Cup is right around the corner - a prestigious horse race with a tradition dating back to 1861. And like the race’s rich history, the storied sporting competition also has its fair share of traditions in regard to men’s fashion. For guys hoping to make this a casual affair, you might want to sit this one out.
Whether you’ve got a prime seat at the Flemington Racecourse or you’re planning to attend a Melbourne Cup party, it’s time to turn your style up a notch.
MAKE YELLOW A PART OF YOUR LOOK
The official flower of Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose. You don’t necessarily need to show up wearing yellow from head to toe, but you need a sprinkle of yellow somewhere in your look. The good news is you have plenty of options to pull this off. Go for smaller details like a pocket square, tie pattern or even your socks. You could also settle for a yellow rose lapel pin. As long as there’s some hint of yellow somewhere in your look, you’re on the right track. For a bolder statement, layer a yellow woven dress shirt into your suit. Regardless of whether you keep things subtle or go over the top, just don’t forget the yellow.
WEAR A SUIT THAT FITS PERFEcTLY
Melbourne Cup Day isn’t the time to defy convention. A suit is a must, but the good news is that you can incorporate some serious individuality. Before you focus on how to set yourself apart from the crowd, you have to understand the basic requirements. Your suit should fit perfectly. One way you’ll know this is how your jacket fits. So make sure you work in a visit to your local dry cleaner in advance.
TWO-PIECE OR THREE-PIECE?
When it comes to whether or not you should stick with the classic two-piece or more distinguished three-piece, there’s no steadfast rule. However, consider this - the best Melbourne Cup style draws from the classic style of yesteryear when men were always out to impress. A regular two-piece suit gets the job done, but a three-piece suit can elevate your look to the next level.
PLAY WITH COLOR AND PRINTS
Once you’ve got the basic rules out of the way, feel free to unleash your personality. One great way to do this is through color. Beware of the black suit: it’s boring, flat, and difficult to revive with even the boldest accessories. If you’re insistent on wearing traditional colors, opt for navy or charcoal. Both colors lend themselves to various shirt, tie and pocket square combinations.
While traditional pinstripe suits will blend in on Cup Day, don’t be afraid to go bold with bright colours. Shades of pastel blue or cool grey work best with light brown shoes but if you want that element of flair, a pastel shirt and bright bow-tie and pocket square can make you stand out in the crowd.
IT'S NOT ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE
Go the extra mile and accessorise with cuff links, buttonhole flower and pocket square.
SOCKS ARENT ALWAYS HIDDEN
With men being men, the finer details are often overlooked. While most may be happy just to find a pair of clean socks lying about, matching your socks with your suit, shirt, tie or flower can complete the look – especially when you’re sitting down and your socks are revealed.