IT’S A LONG DAY: BEHAVE YOURSELF
Much of the action at a Melbourne Cup day event takes place on the track. But an etiquette expert has a few key behaviour tips for those trackside so they are not remembered for all the wrong reasons following race day. June Dally-Watkins managing director Jodie Bache-McLean says fashion should reflect “effortless glam” and footwear should be practical and comfortable. “It looks terrible to see a beautiful young lady dressed elegantly and then shoes come off,” Jodie says. She recommends a wedge or thicker heel for walking on grassed areas with ease. Spring racing fashion is influenced by florals and popular dress tones include pink or blush. Red, cobalt blues and stripes are also popular this race season. Jodie also has tips for polite behaviour in a corporate box. “It is a great way to network, so take along business cards,” the etiquette expert of 30 years says. She says it is easy to drink a lot as waitstaff serve copious amounts of alcohol and food throughout the day. “You don’t want to indulge too much. That lasting impression is not a good one,” Jodie says. “As much as we’re polite to the people around us, be polite to the people serving too.” She says it is important to thank the host for the invitation upon arrival. And be sure to send a thank you note following the event. “If you do that I guarantee you will get an invitation to next year’s event,” Jodie says.