How to rock that boutonnière at Spring Racing Carnival

by Leah Pooley

Melbourne is in the midst of Spring Racing Carnival fever and as always it’s about so much more than just horse racing. Those parties, that fashion and our personal favourite...the flowers.

Flowers are always an important fashion feature at every race day, but did you know that every Spring Racing Carnival race day has its own official flower? This is especially handy to know for the boys when deciding on their corsage, or boutonniere, for the day. So guys, if you want to be on trend and avoid any fashion fails, pay attention to these corsage tips and make sure you wear the right flower on the right day.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

White Freesia

Saturday the 7th of October

Turnbull Stakes - Flemingto

Caulfield Guineas Day


Saturday the 14th of October

Caulfield Racecourse

Blue Sapphire Race Day

Dutch Blue Iris

Wednesday the 18th of October

Caulfield Racecourse

Caulfield Cup

White Rose

Saturday the 21st of October

Caulfield Racecourse

Cox Plate Day

Cecil Brunner Rose

Saturday the 28th of October

Moonee Valley Racecourse

AAMI Victoria Derby Day


Saturday the 4th of November


Melbourne Cup Day

Yellow Rose

Tuesday the 7th of November


Crown Oaks Day

Pink Rose

Thursday the 9th of November


Emirates Stakes Day

Red Rose

Saturday the 11th of November


We hope that helps you choose your corsage style wisely. These flowers can also act as a base colour to help you to decide on your suit and tie.

Now, where to put that thing? The corsage goes on the left lapel of your jacket, why the left you say? Well, no one really knows exactly but it’s thought that it’s because it sits over your heart which was seen as a romantic gesture in the old days, awww. Simply put the flower through in the buttonhole, or if you’re sans buttonhole, you’ll need to pin it to hold it into place.

We have one last tip for you to get the most our of your corsage. At the end of the night, instead of throwing the flower away, give it to your crush to say thanks for a great day.

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