DJ, producer and Schweppes Flemington Fling Ambassador Andy Murphy shares his Spring Racing Fashion tips for men – make sure you pass these tips on to the man in your life, friends and colleagues!
Mix it up with colour
A crisp white shirt is perfect for Derby Day’s traditional monochrome attire. However, I suggest having a bit of fun with the other race days by injecting some colour and bold prints into your shirts and ties. I’ll be taking inspiration from the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s signature drink, the Schweppes Flemington Fling with some corals and mints this season.
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Style up don’t dress up
While I encourage having fun with your look, it’s important to remain in line with the style code. Repurposing last week’s Halloween costume or turning up trackside in a neon suit will definitely see you placed on the less favourable end of the Hot or Not scale.
Work wear won’t work
You may be well versed in suiting up each day but it’s important not to confuse your corporate and trackside looks. Playing around with men’s accessories like handkerchiefs and trilby hats will let people know you’ve clocked off for the day and ready for fun. In saying that, it’s probably one to consider for those planning to pull a lunchtime sickie and catch the last few races of the Thursday’s Oaks Ladies Day – I suggest changing into your new get-up once you’ve exited the building!
Leather is a shoe-in every time
Remember that a muddy track is not the place for suede loafers. Not only are they too casual for race days but you run the risk of looking like you’ve come straight off the soccer field or worse, like you’ve been jumping in the puddles.
Rock the sock
Don’t get me wrong the rule still stands that no pants should be shorter than the socks, but to add a pop of colour or a bit of a print clash start from the ground and work up – quite literally!
Don’t fear a bit of flower power
To finish your look as a Melbourne Cup Carnival pro, be sure to look up the flower code for each race meet and wear the appropriate boutonniere. Who knows the red rose of Stakes Day may come in handy if you spot a nice filly trackside.
What’s your favourite Spring Racing fashion tip for men?