Whenever spring rolls around in Australia, there\u2019s more in the air than just a balmier-than-usual breeze and an overrepresentation of pesky pollen: Aussies get genuinely excited for our beloved spring racing carnival. Different states and racetracks have different ways of celebrating one of our favourite national pastimes, but there\u2019s one general consensus across the board that\u2019s hard to deny: the thunderous rumbling of dozens of hooves pounding the turf as they come around the final turn calls for an equally exciting outfit.\r\n\r\nWhether you\u2019re trackside at Flemington, in the Members\u2019 Stand at Randwick, or anywhere in between, knowing what to wear for the Spring Racing Carnival is the key to putting your best foot forward, and (hopefully) having a winning day. From the strict sartorial doctrine of black and white at Derby Day, to the palpable peacocking, pomp and ceremony of the Melbourne Cup, each day calls for a different outfit, has its own traditional flower for the lapel, and is a fresh opportunity to show up your mates, and everybody else who turns out the field for the day.\r\n\r\nIn partnership with men\u2019s outfitters Van Heusen, who provide spring racing suiting with the same aplomb with which they provide outfits for the boardroom, we\u2019ve coordinated this round up of what to wear (and what not to wear) for each day, to take the confusion out of the equation when you\u2019re suiting up for this year\u2019s spring racing carnival.\r\n\r\n\r\nEverest Stakes\r\nThe pinnacle of Randwick\u2019s annual racing line up, the TAB Everest Stakes is the highest paying race in the Australian calendar, and is in fact the world\u2019s richest turf race, and as such, deserves the respect of a great outfit. This is one of the busiest days in the year for Royal Randwick offering a great opportunity to set yourself apart from the similarly dressed masses. \r\n\r\nWhile a sea of navy blue will converge on both members\u2019 and GA stands for the Everest, there is no strict rule as to what to wear, other than the usual Australian Turf Club\u2019s set dress code (a necktie at all times in members\u2019 stands, no shorts etc, etc). Use this opportunity to work with texture and colour, as a reflection of Spring having well and truly kicked off. The traditional flower to wear to the Everest Stakes (even if it is a new race) is a white rose.\r\n\r\nUse the opportunity to make a semi-formal suit, either dark or light, come to life with a fresh display of jewellery and accessories, being careful not to over-do it. And keep your lapel free for that crisp white rose upon entry.\r\n\r\nGet the look:\u00a0Black Label Euro Tailored Fit Pintstripe Juacket, Black Label Tailored Fit Pinstripe Pants, Classic Relaxed Fit Shirt, Navy Diagonal Dual Stripe Tie, Blue Anchors Pocket Square\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nDerby Day \r\nDerby day is arguably the most formal in Australia\u2019s racing landscape, as it calls for a strict eschewing of any forms of colour, though don\u2019t let this stop you from getting creative in other ways. Ladies attending Derby Day will traditionally stick to only black and white, but gents have been known to mix it up with the inclusion of greys and different textures throughout their accessories. \r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re not feeling too adventurous, stick with a plain, well-fitted black suit and a crisp white shirt. From here, black oxford shoes, a grey or textured black tie and a white pocket square is the perfect way to guarantee a slick and successful look on Derby Day. Keep accessories neutral, too: platinum and silver are far preferable to gold, or anything even slightly blingy.\r\n\r\nIf you feel like drawing outside the lines a little then opt for a grey or pinstriped suit, keeping with the plain white shirt and a plain tie. Never wear a shirt darker than your suit (the black and white theme harks back to race meets of old, not a school formal) and remember that if there ever was a day in Australia to don a morning suit and top hat a la Ascot, this is it, (if you are so inclined). The flower of choice for Derby Day is the cornflower.\r\n\r\nGet the look:\u00a0Euro Tailored Fit Jacket, Euro Tailored Fit Suit Pant, Classic RelaxedFrench Cuff Fit Shirt, White Pocket Square\u00a0, Black Oxford Brogue Shoe\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMelbourne Cup\r\nIt\u2019s not called \u201cthe race that stops the nation\u201d for no reason. Held on the first Tuesday in November every year, it\u2019s the highlight of the entire nation\u2019s racing calendar, a public holiday in Victoria, and an excuse for just about every Aussie to put a cheeky bet on (even if it is just the office sweepstakes).\r\n\r\nArguably the most fashionable day in Australia each year, Melbourne Cup day generally elicits a no-holds-barred level of peacocking from the crowds of young men (and women) who flock to Flemington every year, to strut their best looks. This is where getting your accessories perfect is par for the course, and a splash of complementary colour isn\u2019t just advised, it\u2019s a requirement if you\u2019re planning on standing out.\r\n\r\nStart with a suit that you\u2019re going to be comfortable in all day long. This can be any colour (though keep fluorescent or novelty prints for your next buck\u2019s night: you\u2019re still at the races, after all), and don\u2019t be afraid to mix and match your separates here for the desired effect. Once you\u2019ve got your suit (or at least blazer) organised, it\u2019s time to look at a shirt and accessories. Keeping to a plain shirt (either in white or a pale blue, preferably) will allow the tie \/ pocket square combination to do most of the legwork; not to mention the belt, shoes, cufflinks and watch. \r\n\r\nMake sure the tie and pocket square are complementary but not identical, and don\u2019t be afraid to clash textures if the colours work. Try to stick to bold splashes of colour in your accessories, while keeping the foundations of the outfit slightly restrained. The Melbourne Cup\u2019s official flower is a yellow rose: keep this in mind when choosing your outfit\u2019s accoutrement.\r\n\r\nGet the look: Black Label Euro Tailored\u00a0Fit Navy Check\u00a0Jacket, Black Label Euro Tailored Fit Navy Check Pants,\u00a0Classic RelaxedFrench Cuff Fit Shirt, European Silk Tie, Mixed Floral Pocket Square, Plain Tan Oxford Shoe\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nOaks Day \u00a0\r\nThough it\u2019s seen a few name changes over the years, Oaks Day is still remembered by most as Ladies\u2019 Day, and as such, is more a time to let the outfits of the fairer sex shine. This provides a great opportunity to step out in lighter tones and with more conservative colours, to give the spotlight to the ladies, but also to give your wardrobe a break from the expectations of other race days.\r\n\r\nSomething light, such as a beige or a grey suit, is a perfect place to start. Keep the laidback-formal look going with brown brogues or double monks, and a gentle splash of colour in your shirt (think Denny Crane in pastels). Working with lighter colours is a great way to stay semi-formal, but not steal the show (which is anathema on Ladies\u2019 Day). Use accessories sparingly and remember that the flower for Oaks Day is a pink rose: if pink isn\u2019t usually your thing then today is the day to give it a whirl, especially in your shirt, tie or pocket square.\r\n\r\nGet the look:\u00a0Black Label Euro Fit Nailhead Jacket, Black Label Euro Fit Nailhead Pants,\u00a0Classic Relaxed Fit Herringbone Shirt, Classic Cross Stitch Tie,\u00a0Plain Tan Oxford Shoe\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nStakes Day \u00a0\r\nThe Emirates Stakes is the final day in the Melbourne Cup racing calendar, and is more suited to families than it is packs of louts screaming at a TAB screen. Following this theme, it\u2019s a good opportunity to observe comfort over all else, remembering that you can tick all the dress code boxes without necessarily feeling like a penguin in a tuxedo.\r\n\r\nSimple leather (or suede) loafers with clean, pressed chinos and a matching belt is the best foundation for a blazer and a shirt. Get creative with windowpane check: it\u2019s a playful pattern that doesn\u2019t make it out all too often. If you\u2019re going with a chequered blazer, stick to a plain shirt and vice-versa. If you\u2019re going to wear a lot of colour in your shirt or blazer, keep the tie and pocket square more conservative in nature (though don\u2019t be afraid to work with complementary colours from the same palette, instead of the same tone throughout). Stakes Day gets a red rose, making it the most romantic of the race days (despite the kids running around GA), and is the quietest day of the Melbourne carnival.\r\n\r\nThere you have it folks, a simple guide to the race days we cherish the most in Australia, and how to dress for each one so that you\u2019ll feel a million dollars, no matter how much you win (or lose). By sticking to a few key principles, and taking a couple of small risks (or, at least, steps outside the box), you can join in the fun trackside, and partake in one of the country\u2019s favourite sports, without feeling like your outfit doesn\u2019t stack up.\r\n\r\nGet the look:\u00a0Casual Navy Window Check Blazer,\u00a0Euro Tailored Fit Chino, Euro Tailored\u00a0Fit Shirt Blue Fine Stripe, Navy Roses Pocket Square\r\n\r\nEven if your current wardrobe puts you at long odds, Van Heusen offers a huge range of everything we\u2019ve mentioned above, to make this spring racing season the most sartorially simple yet.\r\n\r\n \r\nEnter Here to Win a $1,000 Online Voucher at Van Heusen!\r\nTo celebrate the start of the Spring Racing Carnival, Man of Many has teamed up with Van Heusen to give away a AUD $1,000 voucher to one lucky reader.\r\n\r\nGiveaway - $1,000 Van Heusen Online Voucher\r\n\r\nVisti Van Heusen\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? 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