Where to buy fabulous Melbourne Cup dresses 2022

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

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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...


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 $50
  • Sign up for $20 off your next order over $99
  • Free and easy returns
  • Afterpay is available

Race day looks from THE ICONIC


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

Race day looks from Myer


SHEIN has a wide range of dresses that could potentially be your perfect race day look. With a dedicated spring section and affordable styles, this online retailer has something for every taste and budget.

  • Standard shipping $7.95 for orders below $89 or $4.95 for orders over $89
  • Browse for a bargain in the dedicated sale section
  • Sign up as a new customer and get $4 off your first order

Race day looks from SHEIN


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

Race day looks from ASOS


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

Race day looks from MESHKI

Forever New

Known for its fresh, on-trend and girly pieces, you will never be short of 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
  • Sign up to the newsletter and receive exclusive member benefits
  • Free standard delivery on all orders over $75

Race day looks from Forever New


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

Race day looks from boohoo


Young, sassy and girly – PrettyLittleThing means you never have to compromise on style, even if you've only got 50 bucks to spend. With fresh looks arriving every week, there's always something new and stylish to add to your cart.

  • 28-day return policy
  • Australian express shipping orders in metro areas can arrive within 5 working days
  • You can pay with Afterpay

Race day looks from PrettyLittleThing

White Lace Crochet High Neck Midi Dress
White Lace Crochet High Neck Midi Dress


Red Leopard Print Frill Hem Midi Dress
Red Leopard Print Frill Hem Midi Dress


Navy Floral Print Frill Detail Wrap Maxi Dress
Navy Floral Print Frill Detail Wrap Maxi Dress



Witchery is known for beautiful quality ladies' fashions. With clothing, shoes and accessories that will turn heads, you are bound to find something that will stand out at the racetrack.

  • Sign up to receive 10% off your first purchase
  • Huge range to choose from
  • Complimentary shipping for orders over $100
  • Click & Collect is available

Race day looks from Witchery

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

Race day looks from City Chic


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

Race day looks from Showpo

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
  • Subscribe to the newsletter and receive exclusive offers

Race day looks from 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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