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No betting tips… Fashion + food tips instead!

The spring racing season is officially off and racing – and, if you’re not one to hit the track, then hit James St instead. No betting tips here… Just the inside scoop on what to wear and where to go!


The Spring Racing Carnival kicks off with Derby Day on Saturday 3 November

What to wear? Monochrome.

Derby Day is all about elegance, sophistication, and a monochrome palette. For those who want a modern look, James St’s latest addition Dion Lee is your one-stop shop. Feeling adventurous? Take styling cues from local goddess, Gail Sorronda, or, if you’re up for an art inspired print, Aje should be your go-to. No matter the outfit, jewellery is a must and Natasha Schweitzer has something for everyone – our pick? Gold hoops as pictured above.

Where to go? Lobby Bar or Bucci.

A long lunch on a Saturday is a must, and Bucci and The Calile Hotel’s Lobby Bar are the providers.


Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 6 November is arguably the biggest event on the Spring Racing Carnival calendar.

What to wear? Something bold (and bright!).

Cup Day notably hosts the race that stops the nation, so why not get an outfit that matches this sentiment. Think bold colours, prints and striking silhouettes from Samantha Ogilvie, CAMILLA AND MARC or Calexico. Maryon’s Shoes is a must-visit for headpieces and great shoes (of course).

Gentlemen, we have not forgotten about you, take a trip to Richards and Richards or Bespoked for a dapper suit and check out the newly opened Calexico Man, for dress shirts and shoes.

Where to go: Gerard’s Bistro, Gerard’s Bar or CRU Bar.

The biggest party on the street will be hosted by Gerard’s Bistro and Gerard’s Bar – located in surrounding laneways and the carpark at Little James St, get set to indulge in delicious canapés, free-flowing champagne and live entertainment. Secure your tickets here.

Or, if you’re up for something intimate, book a table at CRU Bar for delicious eats, an award winning wine list and live screenings of the race. Bookings are highly recommended.


After enjoying a days break, the racing festivities continue on Thursday 8 November with Oaks Day a.k.a Ladies Day.

What to wear? Something pretty!

While officially there is no dress code for Oaks Day, unofficially it’s known as Ladies Day, where femininity is celebrated with spring colours, florals, lace and pastels. Bec + Bridge, Zimmermann and Camargue have got the goods with their spring prints, that embody femininity, while allowing your individual style to shine through. For jewellery, pick something minimal, such as the Star Diamond Studs available at Andronis Fine Jewellery.

Where to go: Harveys Bar + Bistro or Hellenika.

Oaks Day calls for a long lunch! Organise your crew and book a table at James St’s only poolside restaurant Hellenika or under the fig trees at Harveys Bar + Bistro. Tables are filling up quickly at both venues, so book ASAP.



Stakes Day, on Saturday 10 November, has become a family day of sorts.

What to wear: Something effortlessly stylish.

Stakes Day is about letting your personal racing style shine whether it be a bohemian maxi dress,  statement pantsuit or your favourite blouse and dress pants combo with eye-catching earrings, and let’s be real, if its your forth day of attending the races then comfort is a must! Lee Mathews, sass & bide, David Jones and Scanlan Theodore all boast an impressive range of styles which will no doubt score you points on and off the field. Forget the headpiece don a hat instead, limited hair styling required… #winning.

Where to go: Sixes and Sevens or Tinderbox.

In light of Stakes Day becoming somewhat of a family day, spend the morning with your family and friends, and catch up for lunch at Tinderbox Kitchen. Book a table outside and be surrounded by the James St palm trees. After lunch continue the celebration at Sixes and Sevens, where you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy their newly renovated outdoor terrace, cocktail in hand of course.



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October 30, 2018