It's the race that stops the nation and one of the most coveted fashion events in Melbourne! Unlike the other race days in the Spring Racing Carnival, the Melbourne Cup is all about being bold, taking risks, bright colour and standing out from the crowd - where as Derby Day focusses on sticking to tradition and blending in in black and white, Oaks is ladies' day and all about femininity and flowers and Stakes Day aka Family Day has a generally much more relaxed approach to fashion.
This year, however, with the new trend of bright colours and colour blocking, it will be hard to stand out at the Cup. I'm expecting lots and lots of bright pinks, reds, oranges, greens and blues today, a few interesting prints and some very avant guard headwear. So how do you stand out from the crowd when everyone is trying to do the exact same thing? My advice, is to do the opposite and wear neutral, nude and pastel tones. I also think a nice tailored suit would make a great dress alternative as well as a fashion statement. In addition, some interesting texture combinations such as sequins, feathers, ruffles, velvet, lace etc could help add an edge and point of interest to your Cup Day look. Definitely go for statement hats and fascinators and have fun with a pop of colour in your shoes, clutch and accessories! Don't be afraid to try new things and as always, have fun with fashion X Franky