Fashion on the field Criteria

There are a few basic principles you must abide by in order to be eligible for our Race Day Awards.

There are some great prizes on offer for this year's Fashion on the Field competitions.


  1. Style and originality relating to a "Classic"interpretation;
  2. Appropriateness of outfit for the race day.  For the ladies, the skirt is to be around knee length - mini's and maxi's are not race day appropriate;
  3. Attention to detail of accessories;
  4. No denim or moleskins however we do understand trans-seasonal trends and weather;
  5. A predominance of exposed skin is not classed as Classic Race wear;
  6. Ladies Classic Racewear hats or fascinators ARE ESSENTIAL TO MEET THE CRITERIA OF CLASSIC LADIES FASHION;
  7. Classic Men's Racewear jacket and tie essential. You should consider a hat or lapel flower. Matching cufflinks, hanker-chief and tie are always beneficial. The official flower of the Melbourne Cup is a yellow rose and the Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes day is the pink rose;
  8. Understanding and interpretation of current fashion and trans-seasonal trends;
  9. Grooming and Deportment;
  10. Suitability of the outfit; and
  11. To be eligible to enter you must be over 18 years of age.


The Millinery Award is a stand alone category.  Those who win Millinery can compete in the Classic Ladies Race wear competition.

Some non feature race meetings may have Fashions on the Field competitions running at the request of the sponsor.

Entry terms and conditions page


This competition is for the major prizes.

Glamour, style and key accessories are some important facets to include in your outfit, however some advice to consider for entering the Classic Ladies Fashion catagory include:-

  • Do your research.   The internet is a valuable tool to see who is winning competitions around the country.
  • Visit or google search under Fashions on the Field
  • Check out the magazines for spring and autumn racing
  • Create your own hat or visit a Milliner for an original piece.
  • Leave your nightclub outfit at home - this includes short dresses and low cut tops - be comfortable at the races!


"Make sure your hair and makeup is immaculate and your accessories are complimentary to your outfit.  Judges notice the smaller things so your jewellery, clutch, right down to your nail polish and these items should be just as important as the dress itself.  Be confident, be poised and elegant. A professional Milliner or stylist can help if you really want to get a "head start" and be mindful of Spring fabrics used in your outfit.

Think classic with your dress. Not what you would wear to a nightclub".