Suit Up! Spring Racing Is Back: The Gentleman’s guide to this year’s trackside look

Giddy up, gentleman. Racing is back and here with a bang!

Now it’s important to remember, trackside fashion isn’t all about the ladies. It is also very much about the men and their suits – remember to dress to impress. So set your corporate suit aside this racing carnival, and step out in something a little more fashion-forward.

Here are a few fashion tips to get you that bold sartorial statement with a hint of fun playfulness and sleek sophistication.

Kicking the Spring Racing Festival off at Derby Day, don’t just gravitate to your black suit. Keep it classic but don’t be afraid to play with monochromatic tones in your suit separates i.e. blazer and trousers. Bring in soft summer textiles of cotton and linen to soften the colour palette and look less corporate. Keep it relaxed with your shirt unbuttoned at the neck, and focus on adding some colour block contrast in your pocket square or shoe with a geometric print.

On the most important racing day of the year, Melbourne Cup, be loud and be colourful. Catch the attention of the crowds with bold, vibrant tailored pieces because if not on this day, then when? There are no excuses.

Pick a colour and play with its tonal range throughout your look. Feel free to incorporate a loud punching print in your pocket square and tie, or keep it minimal, letting the palette and powerful silhouettes talk for themselves.

Finally, on Ladies Oaks Day, it is your opportunity to dress to impress. Keep it smart but put a pop of femininity into your look.

Look for floral prints, soft pastel colours, and silky textiles to incorporate into your look (i.e., your shirt or accessories). While separates are becoming a big trend, there is still a place for a classic two-piece and three-piece set. An all-in-one colour suit in a soft tone or neutral palette is a great way to tread the line between sartorial sophistication and the frivolity of Spring Racing.

Remember, stick to natural fibres when looking for your suits this season, especially during these warmer months. Many labels are experimenting with tailoring cuts, so feel free to explore the latest. The key focus, though, is to keep it trim, not tight.

Finally, accessories are enormous this year and something to consider when putting together your trackside look. In addition to your tailored suit, make sure to invest in a statement watch, a few rings or a tie pin. As for shoes, loafers are a big vibe, something different than your usual lace-up that you can wear any day of the week.


Symes Jacket $399, Quimby Floral Shirt $139.95, Mcqueen Chino In Ice Pink $129.95; M.J. Bale

Santana Jacket $399, Bradfield Tuxedo Linen Shirt $169.95, Mcqueen Chino In Ice Pink $129.95; M.J. Bale

Fairbanks Jacket $499.00, Quimby Floral Shirt $139.95, Fairbanks Trouser $199.00; M.J. Bale

Christie Serhan (Née Sutherland), has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities.  Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines.  Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for The Star Entertainment Group through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few.  Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.