Spring Racing Carnival grooming tips for men

Let’s be honest: for many, the Spring Racing Carnival is more about what’s happening trackside than which horse is actually winning the race. From the Nursery to the Birdcage, Flemington becomes style central each spring, as punters jockey for the sharpest look. To back yourself as the winner this season, follow these Spring Racing Carnival grooming tips for men.

Time your trim

To avoid looking like a freshly shorn sheep at the track, book a haircut at least three days before the race. So, if you’re heading to Derby Day on Saturday 3 November, pencil in that trim for Wednesday to allow time for your cut to “settle in”. Wash your hair with a conditioning 2 in 1 Shampoo the day before the race, so it’s easier to tame on the day.

Give your hair a helping hand

Melbourne’s weather can be particularly brutal at this time of year, so style your hair with a waterproof pomade that can withstand the wind, rain and sun.

Be smooth

On the morning of the race, prep your face with a facial wash in the shower, then shave using a hydrating shave gel. Our bearded and moustachioed brothers, this goes for you too – take care to tidy up around the cheeks and chin.

Protect yourself

After shaving, add a few dabs of facial moisturiser to provide a protective layer for your skin, then apply an SPF 30+ sunscreen. As we said, Melbourne likes to play that whole ‘Four seasons in one day’ card, so you’ll want to protect your mug from all the elements. 

Cap it all off

It’s not just the ladies who can have fun with headwear during the Spring Racing Carnival. From felt fedoras to sharp straw Panamas, gents’ hats are the sartorial icing on the Spring Racing fashion cake.


Derby Day

Dress code: Dapper black and white. Keep it classic with a black suit, white shirt and sleek black tie.

Official flower: Purple-blue cornflower.



The Melbourne Cup

Dress code: High stakes, high fashion. Push the boat out with blue, navy or grey suiting, with vibrant pops of colour in your accessories.

Official flower: Yellow rose.

Oaks Day

Dress code: Bring out your feminine side. On Ladies Day, embrace pretty pastel colours and floral accents. 

Official flower: Pink rose.


Stakes Day

Dress code: Cool and casual. On Family Day, you can relax a little, teaming chinos with a blazer and loafers.

Official flower: Red rose.


Images: @mrtimrobards (Instagram)