Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022: Best Dressed Stakes Day, Monique Fontana stuns in sheer dress

Day four of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is underway with a host of glamorous entrants stepping out in a range of fun and colorful Stakes Day plays.

Also known as “Family Day”, Stakes Day has the most relaxed dress code of the four days, with attendees encouraged to don “easy and airy” ensembles in keeping with its toned down theme.

However, tough bans still apply to trainers, jeans and crop tops – requirements Saturday racegoers had no problem complying with.

Channel 10 Melbourne Cup carnival jockey and commentator Michelle Payne stuns in a stunning royal blue dress by Jason Grech with a belt-style suspender and large matching fascinator.

She teamed the ensemble with silver heels and small hoop earrings.

Monique Fontana, the stunning fiancée of AFL player Patrick Cripps, stepped out in a jaw-dropping design.

Australian Survivor contestants Chrissy Zaremba and Mark Wales attended the event together, with Chrissy captured in a short floral number and fluffy green coat, while Mark opted for a navy suit and pink striped tie.

Singer and MC Brihony Dawson dazzled in a green suit, white pants and a striking pair of yellow shades.

Miss Universe Australia runner-up Eleanor Baillieu paired a black dress with accents of yellow and brown with a yellow shoulder bag and sleek black sunglasses.

Masterchef contestant Khanh Ong put on a strapping display in cream pants and a matching brown suit with a red tie.

Racegoers were dazzled by a range of bright and cheerful designs for the event, which was set to be mostly sunny and have a high of 22 degrees.

Flowing dresses in hot pink, blue, orange and yellow seemed to be the theme of the day.

Bec Judd brings his expertise to Family Day

Rebecca Judd has been a regular at the Melbourne Cup Carnival for over a decade, making her an unofficial expert in the racing event’s strict dress codes.

But while the mother-of-four knows what not to wear in order to meet the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) lengthy dress requirements, some still can’t get it right.

As all four events wrap up today with Stakes Day, also known as ‘Family Day’, fashion’s tight ropes are being loosened a bit, allowing racing fans to opt for a look a little more “relaxed” at the edge of the track.

Bec, now 39, has embraced the freedom of the Melbourne Cup final event for years, including wearing a range of colorful outfits over the years – including this contrasting blue floral skirt with strappy top with silver sequins in 2008.

The AFL WAG – then named Rebecca Twigley – finished her outfit with a pair of silver kitten heels and a matching bow fascinator.

“Stakes Day is more relaxed, so take the opportunity to dress up fun and flirty and really embrace spring,” writes Searcher shopping editor Mia Steiber.

Bec does just that, opting for a patterned pink and black dress a few years later when she took part in 2011 as Mrs. Judd after tying the knot with husband Chris the year before.

Despite the high point, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing the Melbourne influencer in these throwback snaps.

From dark hair to bold prints, the photos are a nostalgic throwback to a style Bec long ago ditched. Even chunky black heels with multiple ankle straps are adorably dated.

Coming off her chic and stylish appearance at the 2022 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, it’s fair to say Bec would probably never wear an outfit like this these days.

Everyone attending an event at Flemington Racecourse must meet a certain standard of dress, but the rules are particularly strict for VIPs and celebrities under the prestigious Birdcage marquee.

Those in the glitzy enclosure who are “expected to maintain an appropriate standard commensurate with dignity” according to the VRC.

“The main garments that are not acceptable include; short jumpsuits or jumpsuits, clothes that show the belly and shorts,” says VRC on its website.

Tights and leggings are also prohibited, as well as jeans of any kind, cut-out outfits, and clothing with rips or tears.

Footwear rules are just as strict, with flip-flops, trainers and casual shoes deemed “not acceptable”.

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