How to Nail the Melbourne Cup Dress Code in 2022

It’s the biggest event during the Spring Racing Carnival (or the year!) It’s none other than the Melbourne Cup. Whether you go to the cup or celebrate at home or with friends, the Melbourne Cup long weekend in Victoria is the perfect excuse to get dolled up (not that we need one here!) Read on to find out more about the Melbourne cup dress code and why you should still get dressed up this year. 

Melbourne Cup 2022

Whilst it’s still anyone’s guess if the 2022 Melbourne Cup will be spectator free or with capacity limits, you can rest assured that at Olga Berg we will still be dressing up and popping the champagne. After the last 200 or so days in lockdown, a celebration and an excuse to dress up in our finest is really what we need. An opportunity to put on some makeup (if we feel like it), a ridiculous dress, an elaborate fascinator and a big smile. That’s why we’re still dressing up this year whether we can celebrate at the field or just from our lounge room this year. 

What is the Melbourne Cup Day Dress Code? 

When it comes to fashion rules at the Melbourne Cup, the dress code is pretty loose. General admission is encouraged to dress comfortably and as stylishly as you feel, whilst the members' areas are formal dresses or tailored pants and formal footwear. 

Melbourne Cup Dress Code Men 

We’d be remiss not to mention the dress code for our men since it’s one of the most asked questions on the internet. As for the ladies, there is no formal colour code however depending on where you’re celebrating there are dress codes to follow. For general admission, stylish and comfortable is the go. But when it comes to the members’ areas, it is very formal. We’re talking tailored slacks (or chinos), a sports coat or blazer, tie and dress shoes. 

When it comes to colour codes and themes though, this is where you can have fun! The beauty of Melbourne Cup fashion is that there are no hard and fast rules. Our take on this? Go bold or go home (well unless you’re already celebrating at home, but you get what we mean). As the most important event in the calendar, there’s no better time to go all out with your outfit. We love big headpieces, bright bags, elaborate accessories to make a real splash for the race that stopped the nation! 

5 Accessories to get your Glam on at Melbourne Cup

1. Carlita Carnivale Fringed Clutch

We think this is truly the ultimate party bag. Inspired by the famous carnival (or carnivale) events themselves, you know you’re going to have a real fiesta when you wear this - no matter where you are! 

Carlita features layers of multi-colour raffia fringing and brushed gold tone hardware. She’s ultra luxe and high on our list for deciding what to wear at Melbourne Cup this year. 

2. Duchess Headband

When it comes to fascinators for the Melbourne Cup, we say go all out! The Duchess is the perfect way to accessorise like a royal and fits the bill like no other when it comes to the Cup. Featuring velvet and organza faux roses, the design is full of height and texture. Choose from red, black or blush according to your outfit and get ready to feel like the centre of attention (even if it’s just you, your cat and the big screen). 

3. Carsyn Mother of Pearl Clutch

Get ready to be completely mesmerised under the charms of Carsyn. With a magical swirled acrylic print there are pinks, purples, and golds in this stunning clutch bag. The magenta rainbow hues ensure it will go with everything in your wardrobe from your most worn in jeans to your favourite LBD, so it practically pays for itself when you consider all the wear it’ll get! 

4. Andrina Pearl Encrusted Headband

Be the belle of the ball with our dreamy, romantic Andrina headband. It’s our take on modern glamour and features a ton of pearls in all different sizes on a headband. We love her for whimsical types. 

5. Danni Pleated Satin Clutch

Satin is having a serious moment ladies! Our Danni clutch in hot fuchsia is glam meets sex appeal in a big way. She’s silky and slinky and the vibrant pink will draw eyes in all the right ways. 

Liked this? Take a read of our article on what to wear to each of the Spring Racing events in 2021, what to wear to Oaks Day, best derby hatsMelbourne Cup Hair Ideas  and 5 Spring Racing Hats now! We can’t wait to help you dress up for the races. Discover our complete collection of headwear and party bags now.