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Suit Up for Spring Racing Carnival

With the season of celebration continuing into Spring Racing Carnival around Australia, the opportunity to create exciting looks for events is the passion at Wil Valor. Working with the dress codes of racing fashion is a balance between appreciating tradition and embracing modernity, along with the elements of personal style. The carnival events each are unique in theme and importance, making the distinction in fashion an essential focus.

For men and women, Wil Valor creates standout suits for each client by incorporating the themes of racing season. Start creating your bespoke look by booking a consultation and fitting with our design team, who will collaborate on ideas for your garments and accessories.

Variations in Racing Style

For men, suiting up for racing events is classically expected, but not the only option. A jacket and tie can be matched with chinos and dress pants, while some may opt for the full three- piece suit. With many styles available to women, it could be a full tailored look, signature jacket or feminine short suit.

Thereon, it is a choice of colours and finished to reflect the theme, code and individual.

From Head to Toe

It is all in the details - shirt, tie, bowtie, cufflinks, shoes, pocketchief, belt, socks and most importantly, hat. It is not uncommon for males to add a charming hat, whereas ladies place full attention on millinery as the statement piece of their outfit.

Firstly, the fit and form of the suit itself begins with either a relaxed or precise cut. Looking at sleek tapered pants or double breasted jackets, collar style and sleeve length, we find more suiting versions emerge.

To colours - try shades of olive, beige or mahogany over the black or grey classics. In Spring, empower bold brights and pastels with sage, teal, rose and tangerine hues. Patterned fabrics are truly unique - pop in exotic, floral or geometric prints or classic houndstooth, pinstripes and tweed.

Accessorising is the magic on top, at Wil Valor we admire an interesting silk Italian scarf, handmade artisan pocket-hank or vibrant leather loafers as our favourites. 

Working with your milliner or choice of headpiece, our design team will showcase a portfolio of special details for your bespoke look.


The Racing Event - Theme Tips Derby Day – 2nd November

Derby Day is traditional, starting with classic style with the colours of black and white as the base. A pop of red, shades of grey and contrasting prints are accepted as thematic. 

 Look smart in a double- breasted waistcoat, to individualise in form the classic black suit. A white and black short suit in tweed for women, with a striking red structured headpiece or headband, is preppy and popular.

(Flower – Blue Cornflower)


Melbourne Cup – 5th November 

The day we all await in the racing calender, an essential fashion occasion of the year. A suit is a non-negotiable, with a beautiful tie and leather shoes to coordinate a strong look. Lighten for Spring with milder shades of classic, like mid navy, dark tan and forest green. Ensure fabrics combine elegance and luxurious weight suited to the elite aesthetic of the day. Look to textures like linen, wool or knitted ties, to add depth. Yellow is the tone devoted to Melbourne Cup, a symbol of luck and prosperity. Choose a yellow

tie, canary pocket hank, vivid buttons or printed scarf. For women, match your millinery and jewellery to embrace all that is bright.

(Flower – Yellow Rose)


Oaks Day – 7th November 

Wil Valor is excited yo be creating suiting for women as part of our collection and bespoke service. Oaks day, also known as Ladies Day, is a time for everyone to embrace the feminine. With pastels, soft fabrics, exciting cuts and eye-catching accessories always winning best dressed. It is simply adding your personality to create a charming outfit. Males can take on a charismatic role in their tailoring or fabric choice, alluring with pops of blush pink to magenta. Enjoy the frivolity of statement pieces and patterns, coordinating shirts and suits with colour and detail. Women can take a masculine edge with suiting, by adding a padded shoulder to an oversized jacket dress. As long as it is creative and flirtatious, it’s Ladies Day done.

(Flower – Pink Rose)


Stakes Day – 9th November

The last of the carnival, this is not a day to tire but to inspire with effortless design. Celebrate in merging tailored separates with tones of ease - light tan, off-white and blue jackets can strike with a coloured chino. If full suiting is the preference, a casual colour is essential. Opt for a lighter tan, off white or sky-blue jacket with a darker coloured chino. Women should embrace simplicity, structure and texture adding uniqueness.

(Flower – Red Rose)


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