(Australian Associated Press)
Men are getting in early for their Melbourne Cup ensembles, with the biggest splash of colour yet, according to a pair of menswear fashion gurus.
Melbourne father-and-son tailors Dom and Nunzio Bagnato have seen men putting an extra effort into their race wear this year, coming in earlier than usual for custom tailoring.
“Normally, it’s the day before, so it’s good to see that they’re actually putting in a lot of effort this time around,” son Nunzio Bagnato told AAP at the Melbourne Cup Carnival launch at Flemington Racecourse on Monday.
When it comes to what men should wear this race season, bow ties are in, pocket squares are essential and colour is the key.
In previous years, splashes of colour have been restricted to shirts and ties, but this season expect to see suits in shades of mint, teal, blue and mustard.
“It’s about colour, which is exciting,” Dom Bagnato says.
“We’ve had a lot of colour in menswear in the last few seasons.
“I’m expecting to see more colour than we’ve ever seen at a carnival, this year.”
The Bagnatos say it has been a long time coming, but this year most guys are expected to sport a pocket square, and match it to their bow tie.
Grooming is also important as well as clean shoes. Wearing the office suit, though, should be avoided.
And on a day when so many lads make an effort, failing to do so stands out, Dom Bagnato says.
“I’m not a big fan of saying no-nos, other than just making sure everything works together,” he says.
“We’re a big fan of guys dressing the way they want to dress, meaning that they really show their personality and have fun during the carnival.”
Nunzio Bagnato adds: “We only get to do it a couple of times a year, so you’ve got to enjoy it and get into it.”