The trends worth reviving for spring racing this year


The trends worth reviving for spring racing this year

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and my fashion radar is ticking over with excitement. This year’s spring racing carnival is all about channeling trends from the ’80s and ’90s, all while upholding trackside tradition. From Derby Day power suiting to voluminous sleeves on Oaks Day – and bold colour-blocking at Melbourne Cup – get ready to create an outfit that stops a nation. Here are some of the hottest trends now available at your fingertips.

The Jumpsuit

Make a dramatic entrance at Derby Day this year in structured tailoring, along with the revival of classic ’80s ‘it girl’ accessories. One of the biggest hair trends we’ll see this year is oversized hair bows; a fun and ever-so-chic race day statement. Complete this outfit with some dazzle in the form of black jewel-embellished hoops. Shop this ‘it girl’ trend at Lovisa, Colette & Myer.

Outfit: Sheike | Shoes: Billini X Sheike

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Cue Wide Leg Jumpsuit, Wittner Radical Black Leather Heels, Lovisa Rose Gold Black Stone Hoops & Lovisa Navy Velvet Hair Bow.

Colour Blocking

Get ready to colour-block this spring as the popular ’80s trend takes us from runway to racetrack. This floral dress by Zara is the perfect base to accessorise from, using multiple block-colours. Start with these daring orange stilettoes and contrast with a cornflower blue mini tote; the perfect size for all your race day beauty essentials.

Outfit: Zara

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Cue Vivid Floral Twist Front Dress, Betts Kira Block Heel, Lovisa Yellow Acrylic Earrings, Universal Store Token Influence Shoulder Bag.

Monochrome magic

Create monochrome magic with vintage inspired shapes and prints. This season promises a revival of the pearl; a Mimco must-have piece that pairs perfectly with the metallic jeweled hard case clutch. Complete with a wide brim hat for race day perfection and onlooker envy. Looking for more pearl inspiration? Shop this trend at Lovisa, Myer and Pandora.

Outfit: Aje | Hat: Gregory Ladner | Jewellery + Bag: Mimco

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Britt Blazer Dress, , Witchery Verona Woven Sunhat, Myer Gregory Ladner Pearl Clutch & Lovisa Textured Pearl Drop Earrings.

Feminine florals

This floral creation by Elliatt was made for Oaks Day. Let me count the ways: the midi length handkerchief hem puts a unique spin on a traditional race day style, while the bold pops of blue and pink floral set a playful tone for your accessories. To complete this ultra-feminine race look, have some fun on the beauty front by bringing back ’80s glamour in the form of metallic eye shadows or a pop of bright colour on the lips. Update your beauty kit at Priceline and Myer.

Outfit: Myer | Dress: Elliatt Continent Dress | Head piece: Max Alexander
Bag: Olga Berg | Shoes: Tony Bianco

Statement sleeve

This season celebrates voluminous sleeves and bold belting on and off the track, thanks to brands such as Bec and Bridge, Aje and Zara. Channel Julia Roberts’ ‘Pretty Woman’ trackside style in this gorgeous Lee Mathews dress styled with a boater hat (make sure your hats have a string for windy days!), and accentuate your waistline by double belting your dress. Accessorise with tonal details like a nude block heel and a vintage hard case bag, and you’re ready to roll!

Outfit: David Jones | Dress: Lee Mathews | Belts: Status Anxiety
Hat: Max Alexander | Bag: Olga Berg | Heels: Wittner

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Bardot Lana Lace Dress, Witchery Becket Raffia Boater, Witchery Xena Waist Belt & Betts Ollie Block Heel.

Linen love

One of the biggest menswear trends we will see this year is soft linen suiting; a trend you will love for its effortless charm and comfort. Create a spring palette at SK Menswear with dark navy dress pants, a crisp light blue shirt and a shimmer floral tie. The existing pocket square will be the hero in this look, as it subtly patterns clashes with the tie.

Outfit: Sk Menswear

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All linen suiting from Peter Jackson.

Black on black

This Derby Day calls for heavy black on black; a sharp and sophisticated look inspired by the men turning heads on the red carpet. The key to this look is nailing the details – accessories like a sleek white pocket square, gunmetal lapel pin, tie clip and a watch will pack serious punch. Shop this monochrome trend at Oxford, Connor & Myer.

Outfit: SK Menswear

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Black Non-Iron Dress Shirt, Black College Tie, Black Aston Slim Fit Jacket all from Yd.


Vibing a classic ’80s retro floral shirt? Complement the look with dark navy dress chinos and dark brown shoes, then have fun with eye-catching flower lapel pins. Shop other floral shirts at Connor, Peter Jackson & Myer.

Outfit: Joe Black | Shoes: Florsheim

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All items from Connor >

Freshen up

Step out in bright whites and blue hues for an effortless and relaxed race day look. Get ready to pattern clash in yd. – you can style floral shirts with subtle check blazers, while accessorising with a white satin pocket square and navy suede loafers. Loving the subtle check blazer? Shop this look at yd. or Myer.
For similar styles, check out Oxford or Peter Jackson.

Outfit: yd.

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