Monday Manners: Cup Day Etiquette
FROCKS, FILLIES AND SOCIAL FAUX PAS! ENSURE YOUR MELBOURNE CUP CELEBRATIONS STAY CLASSY, WITH THESE HELPFUL HINTS FROM ANNA MUSSON ... AUSTRALIA'S MOST RESPECTED ETIQUETTE EXPERT, FOUNDER OF THE GOOD MANNERS COMPANY - AND MOSMAN'S VERY OWN DECORUM QUEEN!
It's the race that brings Australia to a standstill and puts us firmly in the international spotlight - but not just for the thoroughbreds!
The Melbourne Cup is a marathon event for excited revellers, that can often begin with a champagne breakfast - and sometimes carry on long after the last race is run.
Locally, many of us will don our finery and head out to stylish lunches around the city. But, as the day wears on, things can get a little wonky!
So, how do we balance having a good time, while maintaining race day etiquette?
Tuck your bag under your left arm, so your right hand is ready for drinks, canapes and hand shaking.
There is simply no excuse for re-applying lipstick, checking your mascara, or powdering your nose while sitting at the table. Ever!
On Melbourne Cup day, a wise thing to remember is that flesh is for the beach ... so cover shoulders, midriffs, backs and anything above the knee!
Yes, they can be a wonderful fashion statement. No, they are most definitely NOT a race day headband!
Hats may be worn inside until the sun goes down. If your Melbourne Cup event continues after dusk, please remove your head piece.
When using a napkin at your Melbourne Cup lunch, always remember that a lady dabs. A gentleman may wipe.
A pump (with a closed heel and toe) is more stylish than a sandal when dressed in Melbourne Cup attire.
Also, a lady NEVER removes her footwear - even for karaoke!
A well mannered person always holds their glass by the stem. This also applies to red wine.
It is vulgar to mention the cost of one's Melbourne Cup outfit, the size of a diamond, or the price of your property.
No matter how tipsy you are - just like good taste, your Spanx should never be seen!