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Men stepping up raceday efforts: designer

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

Men are taking big strides when it comes to raceday fashion as they make a bigger effort to compliment their partners.

Leading designer Alex Perry says Melbourne Cup has been all about having fun but it's the men with whom he's really been impressed.

"Men I think have really stepped it up the last couple of years," he told AAP on Tuesday.

"They've started to wear better suits, be more aware of tailoring, getting their ties and pocket hankies and all that sort of stuff.

"I think they've done a really good job of it."

Model and Myer ambassador Kris Smith agrees that men are stepping up their game.

He's a fan of couples trying to coordinate their outfits.

"It doesn't have to be much (and) I think it's a great compliment," he told AAP on Tuesday.

"Have a look at our CEO Richard Umbels: Him and his wife are here both wearing red - her in red trousers him in a red-checked shirt.

"I think it looks great."

As always, some went to great lengths for their ideal raceday outfit.

A pair of blokes paraded the lawn wearing suits covered in superhero logos while one racegoer, Ben, rose at 4am on raceday to cover his face in a spider's web of jewels and don a suit of sequenes.

"I really like shiny things - I'm like a magpie," he told AAP.

More than 97,000 people flocked to Flemington for the 156th running of the Melbourne Cup.

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