How To Dress For The Melbourne Cup Carnival: Style Guide 2023

RELAX, We know that finding the right suit for your event can be stressful but here at MSW we have a friendly team of experts who know all about suits so that you don’t have to. 

Read this simple guide to make suiting up for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stress Free.

Melbourne Cup Dress Code

For the race that stops a nation, bold and bright is welcomed as well as patterns.
A Sports Jacket or Blazer with a Tailored Suit Trouser or Chino Pant is perfect for a more relaxed option. 

A Tie and Dress Shoe is recommended Melbourne Cup attire, and also non-negotiable if you're attending the members or corporate areas. 

What to Wear to the Races

The Suit.
A Matching Suit Jacket and Trouser is a great way to dress for the Melbourne Cup. Add colour and patterns steer away from black for the cup if you can. 

ted baker blue checked mens suit

1. Ted Baker Adler Suit / Boston Liberty Pink Shirt / James Harper Navy Socks / Aquila Loafer / White Linen Pocket Square with Pink Trim

green daniel hechter mens suit

2. Daniel Hechter Ritchie Edward Suit in Green, Boston Liberty Slim Fit White Shirt / Aquila Loafer / AS Ties

light pink mens suit for the races
3. Daniel Hechter 2 Piece Parker Buggy Suit in Pink / Cambridge Preston Shirt in Sky Blue

The Chino Pant.

For a more relaxed look, opt for a well fitted Sports Jacket or Blazer paired with Chino Pants. This is a popular and fashionable look for those not requiring a matching suit. 

Just ensure your chino pants are nicely tailored to your leg and adjusted at the cuff for a clean look. 

mens grey sports jacket and navy chino pants

1. Daniel Hechter Parker Beige Woven Sports Jacket / Boston Liberty slim Fit White Shirt / Daniel Hechter Navy Chino Pant / James Adelin Navy Woven Tie / Buckle Gold Tie Bar / Aquila Porter Brown Loafers

linen sports jacket with a white chino pant
2. Daniel Hechter Hvar Sports Jacket in Buggy Green / Brooksfield Slim Fit Navy Shirt / Daniel Hechter White Dress Chinos / Formalities White Linen Pocket Square with Navy Trim / James Harper Navy Socks / Aquila Porter Brown Leather Loafers

The Jacket.

Your Suit Blazer or Sports Jacket should be well fitted. Make sure the sleeves are adjusted for you if they’re too long. The team in store at MSW can arrange all of this for you. 

The Melbourne Cup is all about showing some personality in your suiting look, so don’t be afraid to choose colour or prints such as window checks or pinstripes.

Cambridge window check jacket is a great option.

Cambridge Malvern Windowpane Sports Jacket

Daniel Hechter Buggy Gree Hvar Sports Jacket

Daniel Hechter Buggy Gree Hvar Sports Jacket / Cambridge Classic Fit Bentleigh Mens Shirt in Navy Blue / Cambridge Slim Fit Helm Chino in Stone Grey

daniel hechter pinstripe jacket in blue
3. Daniel Hechter Pinstripe Navy Sports Jacket / Boston Liberty Shirt in White  / Hugo Boss White Cotton Pocket Square

The Shirt.

You can't go wrong with a simple white shirt under your jacket or suit, but Shirts for The Melbourne Cup can involve colours and prints too. 

The Brooksfield Classic Fit mens staple shirt in white is a popular smart casual option that works with most suiting looks.

Shoes and Accessories.

Aquila do a great range of smart casual and mens dress shoes in great quality leathers. Our most popular look at the moment is the leather loafer which can be worn with a suit or sports jacket and chino combination. The Penley Mens Leather Loafers in Tan or the Aquila Porter Leather Loafer in Brown are great options.

Whether your look is dressed up or smart casual, A Pocket square completes the look. For those attending the members areas and corporate marquees you will require a tie with your shirt to get in. Browse our range of mens ties and pocket squares here.

Visit Our Stores. 

Mens Suit Warehouse is your One Stop Suiting Shop for the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival. Drop in and our friendly team will have you Suited Up in no time. 

View our Store Locations, get in touch, or view our full range of mens suits online.