We couldn't be more excited as we have been invited to attend the inaugural Caulfield Cup in Melbourne by Crown Golden Ale.
Crown Golden Ale have enhanced the racing experience for general admission ticket holders with the unveiling of their Viewing Deck - a large, freestanding structure located in the Spring Village which boasts a specially designed bar and unrivaled panoramic views of the race track for all to enjoy.
As guests of Crown Golden Ale, we've been invited to attend their marquee located in the Heath Enclosure, a custom-designed indoor/outdoor facility complete with a floral installation of Australian native flora, and special guests including Delta Goodrem and Michael Clarke.
The obvious question now is what to wear? Besides from worrying about our own outfit, we thought we would give you guys three different types of outfits to incorporate into your race look for the Cup or up-coming racing season. Following our suggestions, we have answered a few common questions we receive by gents about how to dress for the races.
When it comes to the fashion world, you really can't go past simplicity. A simple, yet well put together outfit will have you looking utterly stylish on the day. Try a punchy-navy suit, crisp white shirt and plain silk knit tie and simple pocket square for a timeless and classy look.
The Caulfield Cup is a great day for being bold and bright, and one where you don't have to worry about seeming like a peacock. Our recommendation for a grand look is a light blue double-breasted jacket worn with white trousers. The contrast between the bright blue and white is bound to turn heads, but to finish the look pop in a little colour with your pocket square to spice things up. As always make sure the outfit is well tailored; if not, quickly pop-in to your local tailor to have alterations made.
For an alternate approach try a white or cream jacket paired with a pair of tailored trousers and loafers. Your trouser colour is entirely your decision, but blue, light pink or army green will work excellently. The two different colours will break up your torso and help you stand out from the rest, but without looking like you have tried hard to impress.
1) Should I wear a tie to the races?
Technically there is actually no dress code in the general admission, but if you are in the member's area, there is a stricter policy, so you will in fact need a tie. We still recommend sporting a tie regardless as the formality of the event calls for a solid effort on your part.
2) Can I wear my work suit?
If you absolutely need to.
Just make sure you brighten it up with colourful accessories as you don't want to feel or look like you're on your way to work.
3) What shoes should wear?
Loafers, Oxfords or Brogues will do the trick.
It really depends on your outfit. Our favourite combinations are those that include suede loafers or double monks.
4) What accessories do I need?
A lapel flower is essential when heading to the races, but the Caulfield Cup calls for a white rose to be worn.. Apart from the other obvious items such as a tie and pocket square, you should also consider wearing a high-quality, wide-brimmed hat. A white panama for example will finish off your outfit, but even more importantly keep you out of the sun. A simple pair of sunglasses should also be on hand as you may be outside for most of the day. Try wearing your glasses in your pocket with your pocket square for a stylish look.