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Spring Racing Carnival – What to wear for Derby Day @ Rosehill Gardens

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October 31st looms large, and for those not enamored of trick or treating and zombie-esque fashion, it’s the chance to don those custom threads and mingle with Sydney’s fashion elite at Rosehill Gardens. Yes, it’s Derby Day and we all know what that means. Dapper gents and stylish ladies enjoying a drink, a bet, and few nibbles. But what do you wear on this, one of the most important days in Sydney’s style calendar?

The Rules

The Australian Turf Club takes pride in being one of the most fashionable sporting venues in Australia and as such their rules,while strict, are quite simple.

  • A buttoned shirt
  • Suit jacket
  • Suit pants
  • Dress shoes

Regardless of where in the stand you will be watching the races from, adhere to these rules, if you want to get past the front gate.

This year’s Trends

Trends come and trends go so to avoid looking like a man who cancelled his GQ subscription in early 2014, follow our tips to be on point with latest trends.

Double down

The double-breasted jacket has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times and is no longer associated with the poorly dressed gangsters of the 80s. These days it has been restyled to present a slimmer silhouette more in keeping with modern day tastes. Just make sure you keep that inner anchor button securely fastened to maintain the look.2275mod

Fifty shades of Camel

Just when you thought the navy suit would never be toppled from its perch, along comes the camel suit to stake its claim as the ‘in’ suit of the season. Stand out from the crowd at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival with a lightweight woolen camel suit. But don’t confuse your hues and be mistaken for a Miami Vice extra, this look is more of a distinguished country gent style so leave those sleeves rolled down.


Slim is in

Unless you live the life of a hermit, you’ll have noticed a distinct slimming down of suits in recent years. It seems the world of men’s formal wear has finally realized that the mods of the 60s knew what they were at when they wore their suits skinny. In case you’re still unaware of its status in sartorial cirlces, the slim fit suit is definitely in.


Smooth as silk

The word dandy is often said in a negative tone but we applaud those who channel their inner fashionistaand add a dash of dandiness to their outfit via the silk pocket handkerchief. This men’s accessory is a surefire winner at the races this year, but to really pull the style off, you’ll have to pair it with a complementing tie.


If you’re a finger on the fashion pulse type of guy, you’ll most likely have these items in your wardrobe. But if like many other things you’ve left to the last minute you don't, then pop into the showroom for a chat or to take a look at our collection of race day attire for some sartorial inspiration.


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