Spring Racing is notoriously known to be a busy time when it comes to suiting and this year proved to be the busiest I’ve had thus far! As a man who never needs an excuse to suit up, it’s definitely an exciting time to be out and about amongst an army of dapper gents. The standard was definitely set higher this year irrespective of the introduction of a more informal dress code.
Below is a bit of a breakdown of what I wore to each of the race days, as well as a breakdown of why I went with what I wore as well, so enjoy!
Derby Day with Carl Nave
As you would know from my previous blog entry what to wear to the races, Derby Day is the most formal of the formalities with its black and white dress code, tradition reigns supreme. Well, for the most part anyway… Sometimes it can be a little more entertaining to bend the rules a bit, and this year I definitely went down that path. A grey glenplaid waistcoat and trousers with a blue windowpane check was my weapon of choice, then I paired this with a black peak lapel blazer and baby blue tie. This ensemble was a bit of a collaborative effort between my good friend, and great tailor – Carl Nave. It’s safe to say we were both stoked with how it all came together. Accessories-wise I paired this look with some Persol frames and superb English-made brogues from Robinsons shoes – one of my favourite finds over the past few months. I spent the majority of the day enjoying the festivities of the Mumm Marquee, maybe a little too much actually!
Cup Day with Carl Nave & Steve Calder
It might be the race that stops the nation, but it definitely didn’t stop the inclement weather. After being barraged by wind and rain for the better part of the day, the sun managed to come out to play in the afternoon. So much so that I even managed to cop some sunburn on my walk home from the City – typical Melbourne. If the dramatic weather wasn’t enough drama for the day, my original Melbourne Cup look from Steve Calder managed to get held up at customs, so a very last minute decision on the day let me to put together a coat and jacket combo from Carl Nave I never would have opted for otherwise. Ahh the wonders of spontaneity! The navy jacket is actually from a suit Carl made me early last year and was never intended to be worn as a blazer, whilst the super high waisted pants are from my recent trip to Pitti Uomo. The shirt is a beautiful hand stitched, shirt from Vanacore and the retro print tie is and pocket square are both from Viola Milano and available through Steve’s Melbourne CBD store. I also threw on my trusty John Lobb double monks and some round frame clubmasters from Ray Ban literally as I was rushing out the door so that I wouldn’t miss my tram (like usual).
Oaks Day with Dom Bagnato
Melbourne really turned up the heat (finally) for Oaks day, and luckily, I was adequately dressed for the occasion. Dressed head to toe in Dom Bagnato’s latest collection the unstructured navy DB blazer and light blue linen chinos were a breeze to wear on the day and the look was probably my most complimented of the week. What is it about men in pink and purple? Who knows! But all I know is that Dom Bagnato was definitely on the money with this look and was a clear crowd favourite!
Oaks day actually turned out to be the most jam-packed of the four race days, somehow, I managed to fit in a week’s worth of work and play into one day! After staying at the Crown Metropol the night before, I had a delightful ‘Blokes day’ breakfast at Cecconis on Flinders lane then made my way over to the Crown Marquee for a stellar lunch. As if that wasn’t enough food and drink for the day, upon our return to the birdcage we managed to make it just in time for the Myer Marquee’s rendition of a sushi train, but with espresso martinis! Such a cool concept and one of my favourite marquees of the week for sure.
Stakes Day with MR PORTER
Yes, the one day I decide to wear a wool jacket, it’s 28 degrees. But when you’re wearing Slowear, Rubinacci, Drakes, Montblanc, Thom Browne and Gucci all from MR PORTER, you damn well deal with it! Warm weather aside I thoroughly enjoyed putting together and wearing this look. It may seem somewhat counter intuitive, but I feel that the earthy tones of this look seem somewhat Summery. Maybe it’s just my poor attempt to justify wearing wool whenever I feel like it – who knows! Regardless, I'm really happy with how the look came out, it's never easy putting together a look solely from looking at the product online, kudos to MR PORTER for making the process an absolute cinch!
A big thank you to all the brands involved who made this possible, and to all those behind the scenes running the marquees. Couldn't be more thankful for the opportunities that were provided.