Headpiece queen, Viktoria Novak dresses the biggest celebs and socialites for Australia’s racing season and knows a thing or two about Spring Racing etiquette. We sat down with Viktoria over a sparkling water to chat about her role judging Derby Day’s Best Dressed and the cardinal sins of Spring Racing.


1. Do Your Research

Every race day has its own look, feel and rules. Derby Day is all about the classic black and white fashion, whereas Melbourne Cup is the day you can get crazy with colour, fun shapes and unique silhouettes. Respect the traditions of the day.

2. Do Drink Plenty of Water

The champagne will be flowing throughout the day and it can be so easy to turn one drink into ten (especially when the waiters continually top up your glass). My trick is to alternate between a glass of water and a glass of champagne. This will minimise your risk of a nasty headache the day after.

3. Don’t Take off Your Shoes

It doesn’t matter how sore your feet are, do not remove your heels. Bear in mind that it will probably be a long day on the race-track, so choose your shoes wisely. If you’re not used to wearing sky-high heels, this is not the time to bring out the 12-inch peep-toes. Play it safe.

4. Do Consider a Jumpsuit

The jumpsuit is an elegant way to modernise your outfit and this year, we’re going to see more of these one pieces than ever before. Worn correctly, a long jumpsuit (not playsuit) is an on-trend outfit that will make you stand out from the crowd.

5. Don’t Overdo the Tan

We all know that there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’ve been freshly spray tanned, but be wary; too much tan will be more tandoori chicken than bronzed goddess. It’s never a good look.

6. Do Have Fun With Accessories

Spring Racing is all about having fun, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to accessories (keep your outfit traditional, but your headpiece incredible!). My rule is to stick with three colours – one or two statement colours, paired with a neutral or metallic. This year my favourite palette is red, purple and gold.


7. Don’t Show Too Much Skin

The racing industry is all about class and elegance and too many girls make the mistake of wearing ‘club attire’ to the carnival. Keep your hem length below the knee and stick with thicker straps or sleeves (no strapless dresses, sorry girls). This is definitely not the time to embrace the belly-baring midriff or crop.

8. Do Consider Fresh Hair and Makeup

You’ll be outside for part of the day, so don’t go overboard with the cakey makeup, because you’ll be at risk of having it drip down your face! When trying to choose a hairstyle for the races, consider what headpiece you’re wearing. If it’s large or intricate, do a sleek pony or bun. If you’re wearing a headband or crown, soft, romantic curls work best.

All images are from @ViktoriaNovak

If you’re still looking for an uber cool way to spend your Melbourne Cup, join the Wedded Wonderland team at Manly’s Daniel San Beachside Dojo . We hope to see you there!

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