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Where to buy fabulous Melbourne Cup dresses 2024

Don't get caught out by Melbourne Cup fashion. Here's where to buy the perfect dress, just in time for the races.

Spring racing fashion sales

If you're on the lookout for that perfect Melbourne Cup dress, we're on hand to steer you towards a successful look this race day.

Melbourne Cup – the race that stops a nation – is on 2 November 2021. And it doesn't matter if you find yourself trackside or bar-side, there's every excuse to get dressed up in a gorgeous dress and fascinator. Racing fashion is a little in its own league – it's elegant and it doesn't quite follow conventional fashion rules. Think bright and bubbly for Melbourne Cup (save your monochromes for Derby Day). Getting stuck? Throw on a statement headpiece and you're halfway there. But let's start with the dress...




Forever New

Known for its fresh, on-trend and girly pieces, you will never be short of Melbourne Cup dress options at Forever New. With hundreds of feminine styles, this is the place to go for classic, pastel or floral race day outfits.

  • You can pay with Afterpay
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  • Free standard delivery on all orders over $75

Melbourne Cup dresses from Forever New

Irina Twist-Front Midi Dress ($189.99)
Irina Twist-Front Midi Dress ($189.99)

Forever New

Nancy Plisse Tiered Mini Dress ($179.99)
Nancy Plisse Tiered Mini Dress ($179.99)

Forever New


Myer

Myer is one of the biggest stockists of fashion in Australia, and there's a huge variety of both Australian and international designers. You can order online and pick up in store, all in time for the Melbourne Cup.

  • Free standard delivery on orders over $49
  • Click & Collect is available
  • You can pay with Afterpay

Melbourne Cup dresses from Myer

Tokito - Puff Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress in Navy ($79)
Tokito - Puff Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress in Navy ($79)

Myer

Marcs - A Spot Like Love Dress Black Multi ($129)
Marcs - A Spot Like Love Dress Black Multi ($129)

Myer


THE ICONIC

THE ICONIC stocks all the leading fashion brands, offering a multitude of race day dress options. Plus, it has a (quite frankly, life-saving) 3-hour delivery to Sydney metro areas. What more could you ask for?

  • Free standard delivery and pick-up on orders over $75
  • Sign up for $20 off your next order over $99
  • Free and easy returns
  • Afterpay is available

Melbourne Cup dresses from THE ICONIC

Dazie - Centrefold Shirt Dress ($79.99)
Dazie - Centrefold Shirt Dress ($79.99)

THE ICONIC

Tommy Hilfiger - Rihanna Casual Shirtdress ($109)
Tommy Hilfiger - Rihanna Casual Shirtdress ($109)

THE ICONIC


MESHKI

MESHKI has gorgeous feminine fashions at affordable prices. There is bound to be a dress here that will make your day for the Melbourne Cup.

  • Subscribe for $10 off your first order
  • Free standard shipping for orders over $50 or free express shipping for orders over $100. There is also same day afternoon delivery and same day evening delivery options (both priced at $14.99).
  • UNiDAYS discounts

Melbourne Cup dresses from MESHKI

Nadia Maxi Satin Dress with Back Cowl ($149)
Nadia Maxi Satin Dress with Back Cowl ($149)

Meshki

Chandra Lace Detail Satin Maxi Dress ($149)
Chandra Lace Detail Satin Maxi Dress ($149)

Meshki


boohoo

Fashion powerhouse boohoo offers a huge dress selection, from floral numbers to bright midi dresses, peplum styles and pastel swing dresses – all suitable for the Melbourne Cup.

  • Affordable price range, with sales and discounts always on offer
  • Dedicated plus size section
  • Afterpay is available

Melbourne Cup dresses from boohoo


NET-A-PORTER

This is one of the original online designer stores and one of the biggest. NET-A-PORTER carries hundreds of brands and the most products of all the major stores in its category. This is where to shop if you like variety.

  • iOS and Android app available
  • Easy, pick-up returns
  • 24/7 customer service

Melbourne Cup dresses from NET-A-PORTER

Zimmermann - Floral-print cotton-voile mini dress ($625)
Zimmermann - Floral-print cotton-voile mini dress ($625)

NET-A-PORTER

Reformation Brixton shirred floral-print crepe midi dress ($451.30)
Reformation Brixton shirred floral-print crepe midi dress ($451.30)

NET-A-PORTER

Zimmermann Pattie cutout open-back floral-print linen midi dress ($650)
Zimmermann Pattie cutout open-back floral-print linen midi dress ($650)

NET-A-PORTER


City Chic

City Chic has some of the prettiest dresses on the high street. As one of Australia's most-loved plus size stores, you'll be able to find the perfect spring racing dress among the fun and feminine designs in store and online.

  • Free shipping on orders over $150
  • Extended sizes available online
  • Click and Collect is available

Melbourne Cup dresses from City Chic


Showpo

Showpo is one of Australia's largest online fashion retailers. There are hundreds of styles on offer, at a range of fabulous prices. No matter what your taste or budget, Showpo will have the perfect race day outfit for you.

  • Free shipping for orders over $50
  • 30-day return policy
  • Express shipping available

Melbourne Cup dresses from Showpo


ASOS

ASOS is one of the largest online shopping websites, with dresses to suit every size and budget. The retailer stocks Australian and international brands so you'll be sure to find something perfect for you.

  • Afterpay is available
  • Free shipping on orders over $80
  • 28-day return policy

Melbourne Cup dresses from ASOS

Topshop - 70s Puff Sleeve Midi Dress ($65.50)
Topshop - 70s Puff Sleeve Midi Dress ($65.50)

ASOS

ASOS DESIGN - One Shoulder Seamed Midi Dress ($14.50)
ASOS DESIGN - One Shoulder Seamed Midi Dress ($14.50)

ASOS

 ASOS EDITION - Cotton Midi Dress in Floral Print ($160)
ASOS EDITION - Cotton Midi Dress in Floral Print ($160)

ASOS


Farfetch

Farfetch is a shopping platform that connects major designer stores and boutiques around the world and allows them to ship to you. Looking to do some boutique shopping in Saint Tropez or Milan? With Farfetch you can do it from your couch!

  • Lower delivery fee on orders over $300
  • 14-day return policy
  • Same-day delivery available

Melbourne Cup dresses from Farfetch

Gestuz square-neck flared midi dress ($187)
Gestuz square-neck flared midi dress ($187)

Farfetch

Patrizia Pepe gathered sleeveless dress ($312)
Patrizia Pepe gathered sleeveless dress ($312)

Farfetch


Ted Baker

Ted Baker is all about classic style and clean cuts. If you're after a fancy frock that just screams out for spring, Ted Baker should surely be your first stop.

  • Standard orders can be delivered within 7 to 10 business days
  • 28-day returns
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Melbourne Cup dresses from Ted Baker

Textured Crepe Button Front Midi Dress ($509)
Textured Crepe Button Front Midi Dress ($509)

Ted Baker



What is acceptable race wear?

  • Dresses – but not overly short and tight. Leave the thigh-skimming bandeau dress at home.
  • Heels – closed or open-toe is fine. Remember you'll be on your feet all day, so (if you can) find a pair that's comfortable.
  • A fascinator or hat – anything from a little headband to a face full of lace, a flower in your hair, or something much larger. Anything goes.
  • Clutches – not your everyday shoulder bag.
  • Something to keep warm – think tailored jackets or elegant shawls.

What is not acceptable race wear?

  • Sneakers, sports shoes, track shoes, runners, thongs, dilapidated footwear, scuffs, gumboots, or slippers. (A thong is defined as a shoe where 2 straps connect in-between the first and second toes.)
  • Jeans, tracksuits, leather pants, or un-tailored pants.
  • Shorts, short jumpsuits or short playsuits.
  • Strapless dresses are traditionally not worn.
  • Pants tucked into socks or footwear.
  • Torn or ripped clothing (even if you bought it that way).
  • Garments which show midriff. It's currently in fashion to show a (tasteful) midriff, so you might see a few of these at the races this year, but if you're heading to the Member's stand, cover up.
  • Leggings worn as pants.
  • Casual jackets such as parkas, duffle coats, windbreakers, denim jackets, or casual or tailored leather jackets.
  • Denim.

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