THE WINNING MOVES
Our TracksideStyle Guide
Want to lead the style stakes come race day? We got you covered. We’ve asked an expert to unravel the season’s trends and trackside traditions, so you look your best on ground.
ASK THE EXPERT
We’ve asked celebrity stylist, Donny Galella, to give us some tips for spring racing season.
Donny started his career as a milliner, making hats that cost more than your first car. He’s been a Golden Slipper Ambassador, styled outfits for the Oscars and judged Fashions On The Field. There’s nothing this guy doesn’t know about race day formalwear. Take notes, lads. “It’s the attention to detail that will really set you apart. You should confidently wear the entire look, it shouldn’t be wearing you. Always dress for your individual style.”
– DONNY GALELLA
Some race days are strictly ‘black and white’. But don’t take it too literally – grey checks and charcoal tones should be fine. Having said that, you can’t beat a classic black suit. days like this, just throw on a black or check suit, a white shirt and a black floral tie. Finish it off with black loafers or ecru brogues. If you’re heading to Flemington for Derby Day, just a heads up: the traditional lapel is a cornflower.
The Main Event
Every Spring Carnival has its big day. And that’s generally time to swing for the fences. Blue suits are always a safe bet, but feel free to get creative with ties and lapel pins. Don’t forget fun pocket squares either. If you want to go low-key this year, try a patterned blazer on the top half and chinos on the bottom.
The Melbourne Cup is the main event. If there was ever a time to go all out, this is it. Were talking strong blazers, coloured chinos and bold shirts that do all the talking. And ensure you choose accessories that highlight accent colours from your look.
Today isn’t about you guys, so there’s no need to go too hard. Ladies Day tends to get a bit soft and flowery. You see more light greys, pinks and floral patterns. Personally, I reckon a check grey suit, matched with a light pink shirt is the way to go. Separates are totally fine too.
Race Day Separates
When spring carnival winds down, all bets are off. It’s been a long week, and nobody’s got energy left for three-piece suits. Separates are perfect for these occasions: think double-breasted jacket (they’re having a bit of a moment) with chinos and a crisp shirt. Don’t forget the textured tie and pocket square.