Melbourne Cup: Are you ready to celebrate the big race?

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It’s spring time, the weather is getting warmer, flowers are beginning to bloom and of course the crown jewel of Australian horse racing is upon us. 

The Melbourne Cup has been revered above all others for owners, trainers, jockeys and spectators alike for more than 150 years, little wonder it is known as the race that stops a nation.

The Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne is an experience not to be missed.

Just watching the horses and jockeys battle it out around the final turn at Caulfield, or flying down the straight at Flemington is a sight to behold.

The first Tuesday in November is the perfect time, for both men and women, to get dressed to the nines and head out in style.

Even if you can’t be at Flemington Racecourse for the Cup, there’s no reason you can’t get dressed up and do Melbourne Cup Day your way. 

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While men appear to have it easier than the ladies when it comes to the fashion stakes, there are still a few guidelines to follow.

  • Keep it refined and classy but don’t be scared to be different. Check suits are currently in with naturally dark blues and greys the choice of colour.
  •  Accessories aren’t just for ladies. Hats, cufflinks, watches and lapel pins can make all the difference to your suit.
  • Don’t ignore your tie and shoes. While most people go for something stylish and matching, a bit of clash with the right colours can actually accentuate your look.

For ladies there is a never ending choice of material, cuts, styles, accessories, headwear and footwear, which can actually make their fashion decisions harder, however here a few tips to get you started.

  • Cup Day is all about colour so look for something bright but not over the top.
  • Tone is as important as colour, and natural tones in blues, yellows and soft green are a great choice.
  • Your style should match your personality so have fun with your look. Stylish floral arrangements are always a big hit, while block colour is on trend.
  • Don’t forget to finish your look off with the perfect fascinator, handbag or hat. 
  • It’s essential to have heels or platforms that match your outfit, but a spare pair of flats that also match are a good idea.

Apart from fashion there are many other ways to get in the racing spirit.

Having a bet on the race or running a sweep at your workplace is a great way to get involved and excited about the great race.

Of course, most people will partake in a drink or two on race day but remember to watch your limits, and try non alcoholic beer or champagne if you have to go back to work afterwards. 

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday, November 6 at 3pm.