Posted: 30 October, 2015 by Julia

How To Dress Like An A-Grade Celeb At The Melbourne Cup Carnival

How do the stars do it?

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Heading to the Melbourne Cup Carnival but still don’t know what to wear? Stressing out about your outfit? Here’s how the celebs do it.

You might be surprised to learn that there is actually a dress code for the Members Enclosure, The Birdcage and the Members' Reserved Car Parks at Flemington Racecourse. Officially, “Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the Members’ Enclosure.” 

So what should you wear to look like an A-Grade Celeb at Flemington?

No Shorts, Pants Or Jeans

This is the most basic part of the dress code. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is about dresses. Or perhaps a stunning matching top and skirt combo. Although there is no strict dress code in general admission, this is still an opportunity to dress to the nines and wear something special!


Dress Length

Short, tight dresses aren’t appropriate for race days, but neither are full-length ball gowns. The best length is a dress or skirt that falls somewhere from your mid calf to just above your knee.


Block Colours

A very easy way to get a celeb-level look is to choose a dress that comes in a block colour. You’ll then be able to more easily find a headpiece, shoes and purse to match. Bright, vibrant colours are very popular for the Melbourne Cup Carnival this year!

Clique xx @myer #myermarquee @by_johnny @nataliebikicki @cosmopolitan_shoes @tonybianco @official_swarovski xx

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Patterns And Textures

Another option is to choose a fun print or an interesting texture to help you stand out in the crowd. A lot of celebs use the Melbourne Cup Carnival as an opportunity to wear something completely different that makes a statement.


Less Is More

What do most celebrity looks have in common? A surprising lack of accessories. Keep it clean and simple, with one feature piece of jewellery at the most. A bracelet or a pair of earrings are your best choice for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but the attention should really be on your dress.



A Stunning Headpiece

So we’ve ditched the jewellery, but to really shine at Flemington no race day look is complete without a headpiece! Whether you choose a fascinator or a hat, your headpiece should make a statement. Feathers, flowers, bows and architectural swoops and folds are all part of the game.


Consider The Shoes

Your shoes need to complement your outfit, but they also need to be comfortable. And yes, even though you’ll be walking on grass all day no A-Grade celeb would be caught at a race day without heels on! So make sure to break your shoes in before the big day.

Landed safely at @FlemingtonVRC. 🚁🚁 Thanks @emirates #emiratesmelbournecup

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AAMI Victoria Derby Day Dress Code

AAMI Victoria Derby Day has its own traditional dress code – black and white. This means you can wear a combination of black and white, or just pick either shade and dress to the theme. While of course it’s not compulsory, most of the stars in The Birdcage will stick to this code!


For The Lads

Fellas, you’re expected to dress up as well! A suit and tie, leather shoes and neatly groomed hair is the way to go. You can dress things up with a coloured shirt or patterned tie.

Ladies day ain't ladies day with out this legend. @danmacpherson @myer #findwonderful

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Now you're all ready for the Melbourne Cup Carnival - but don't forget the sunscreen!

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