Style Guide & Dress Code

Spring Racing has a strong tradition of dressing elegantly, but there can be plenty of winners and losers in the fashion stakes.

Taking into consideration true racing style, and drawing inspiration from Flemington and Royal Ascot, Tipple has provided the following dress code to celebrate Racing traditions.

Notwithstanding the following dress standards, we reserve the right to refuse entry to any person considered inappropriately attired.


Gentlemen

Vital outfit pieces to enjoy the Spring Carnival revelry include tailored slacks (tailored chinos included), sports coat or blazer. Smart jeans are also acceptable.

Footwear
Keep things stylish with classic shapes. Explore different colours, materials and quirky detailing, but make sure your shoes are polished. Ladies always look at a guys shoes first.

Derby Day

The week starts with a traditional black and white dress code on Derby Day. This dress code is the most widely adhered to of the Carnival, so trust us when we say leave the colours at home.

The key here is to wear a perfectly tailored black grey or white suit with a focus on the details. At a stretch playing with darker charcoals is a nice way of dressing outside the box.

Finish off your look with the flower of the day – a cornflower, worn on the lapel. Cornflower lapel pins will be available on the day and purchasing them supports children’s charity ToyBox International.




Cup Day

Melbourne Cup day is about going all out - bright prints and shades rule the Races and the risk here is looking too dressed down. Colour is encouraged, so feel free to go bold. Offset your suit with tonal ties, shoes and pocket squares. Go large on personality (but retain a sense of classicism and modesty).

Finished off your outfit with the flower of the day – a yellow rose, worn on the lapel. Rose lapel pins will be available on the day and purchasing them supports children’s charity ToyBox International.




Women

Footwear
Stilleto, pumps, kitten, peep toe or wedges?
Ladies, we’re proud to have all hard floors throughout, so embrace your creativity with your shoes. Just be sure to be able to walk in them after a Tipple.

Derby Day

As one of the most important days of the Spring Racing calendar, Derby Day is an excellent example of classic elegance.

Featuring a black and white dress code, the day is as chic as they come. This dress code is the most widely adhered to of the Carnival, so trust us when we say leave the colours at home.

Choose between monochrome, all-over white or all-over black looks and let the details of your dress and head pieces become the statement.




Cup Day

Race that stops a nation?
More like outfit that stops the nation.

Cup Day is one of the most prestigious events in horse racing history and the biggest day of the Spring Racing Carnival, the ideal opportunity to go bold with your Spring Racing dressing.

While there’s no colour rule as there is on Derby Day, you are expected to dress appropriately. Don’t be afraid to go bold with colour. Focus on style, glamour and elegance. Swap the strapless mini dress for something knee-length or longer. Although you do need to look appropriately dressed, you also want to stand out with a fashion-forward outfit.

When it comes to your headdress for Cup Day, it pays to be brave and get creative. Choose a unique fascinator that’s more artwork than hairpiece.