There is a great sense of excitement in the air this spring! Before you tighten your tie, you best nail the fashionable dress code at the up and coming race days.  There is a big difference between the suit you would wear to the office and the one you’d wear trackside, it’s essential to brush up on the appropriate attire for every day you attend:


To nail this race day’s dress code, go for an effortless look and a little fun.  Light and bright hues will make the perfect option for this chic yet somewhat casual day.  Remember, real men wear pink, so incorporate a subtle element of colour.  As such, your attire can be more comfortable and liberal because sartorial standards are a little less rigid.  Mixing trousers and blazers are a great idea to make a look more casual, wear brown or suede footwear styles to complete your look. When looking to accessories, on your left lapel it’s traditional to wear a Red Rose in celebration.

Tim Wears: Rowe Jacket $399, Myrtle Printed Shirt $149.95, McQueen Chino $129.95, M.J. Bale.  Simpkin Navy Penny Loafer $329, Aquila.


The Spring Racing Carnival is focused on tradition and heritage, which is what makes dressing up enjoyable.  As such, it is essential to respect the dress code and etiquette in your outfit choice. Separates for men on more casual race days is quickly becoming the go-to but there is most certainly a need for the classic two-piece suit at the Cox Plate. Play with patterns in the same colour as your suit for a subtle punch in outfit curation.

Tim Wears:  Navy Micro-Check Suit $499, White Floral Print Shirt $120, Violet Floral Pocket Square $49.95, Trento Brown Derby Shoe $179, Peter Jackson.


When it comes to the main race of the carnival, your outfit can be loud and glamorous – This means that choosing suits that are elegant but comfortable; look for ones that are unlined or made of linen or wool linen blends. Experiment with pops of colour and daring designs, this is your day to shine.  Unusual suit colours are attention-grabbing for all the right reasons on Melbourne Cup Day. When experimenting remember to keep things suitable and smart.  A colourful tie or patterned pocket square will add that extra pizazz to an outfit if daring isn’t your thing. Stick to tradition and add a lapel flower for Melbourne Cup Day, which is the yellow rose.

Tim Wears:  Wyatt Twill Suit $698, McMahon Hibiscus Printed Shirt $129,95, Polka Dot Pocket Square $39.95, Elgar Stripe Lapel Pin $39.95, M.J. Bale.  Alberto Brown Leather Loafer $299, AquilaChristie Wears: Blessed Playsuit $159.95, Jupiter Earrings $34.95, Riverina Belt $29.95, Park Ave Bag $59.95, Sheike.  Knotted Headband $34.95, Pigeonhole.

From the thrill of a bet to a refreshing beverage with the gentlemen, the difference each race day brings is sure to be a great day out. My final tip; make sure your shoes are polished! Ladies always look at guys shoes first on an occasion such as Spring Racing Carnival. Get your outfit sorted at Wintergarden.


Christie 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 Treasury Brisbane 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.