While some, seemingly rare, people attend the Melbourne Cup for the actual horse racing, a large majority head trackside with little attention to the field and exhausted from the ensemble planning process.
Any racegoer worth their weight in champagne knows that an outfit is not complete without the complementing headwear, which is undoubtedly the linchpin which ties the outfit together.
Rachael Finch looked sweet in striped pastels, possibly inspired by Licorice All Sorts, with a Natalie Bikicki pastel pink floral headpiece.
Jennifer Hawkins is eye catching Maticevski neon gown, paired with black heels and a black headpiece.
Not just for the fillies, fashion can be fun for guys, too! Myer Ambassador Kris Smith looks dapper in a royal blue suit.
Race royalty Kate Waterhouse opted for something different this year with a bronze turban-style headpiece from Hatmaker.
Bec Judd previewed a red Alex Perry gown paired with a jewelled crystal headband, also from Hatmaker.
Emma Freedman posted a preview of her red jewelled headpiece and matching suit.
Soon-to-be-mum Nadia Bartel showed off her structural bronze bow headpiece.
Rozalia Russian rocked a Dolce and Gabbana inspired look with a blood red floral headband and gold and pearl cross earrings.
Celebrity Milliner Viktoria Novak not only supplies headwear to the A-list, this year she is attended herself in one of her own gold crown creations and a red lace dress.
Caitlyn Paterson opted for a cream lace dress from Sabo Skirt paired with a fun wing shaped headband by Studio ANISS.
Model Nikki Phillips looked pretty in pink with a gold and floral headpiece to match.
Model Megan Gale looked lovely in an emerald green gown with a black patent headband by Studio ANISS while posing with her beau.
Presenter and Myer ambassador Lauren Phillips opted for a peach coloured dress, nude heels and a bronze headband.
Model and presenter Kate Peck opted for a purple fitted gown from Aurelio Costarella paired with a purple headband and simple black heels.
Reality TV star Sam Frost looked loved up in Viktoria Novak silver leaf headband and Peter Pilotto dress.
Princess Diana's niece, Kitty Spencer arrived in style via helicopter, wearing a stunning jewel and net headpiece.
Camilla Mackintosh of Millie Mackintosh Food Style Fitness wore a satin Dion Lee dress with a Viktoria Novak silver rabbit ear headpiece.
Social Media influencer Nadia Fairfax chose an emerald green satin floor length gown paired with black accessories.