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.
Shoes: Billini X Sheike
Make a dramatic entrance at Derby Day this year in Sheike’s 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, Mimco and David Jones.
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. Find other accessory favourites at Sheike, Cue and Country Road.
Create monochrome magic in this enchanting vintage check Aje dress. 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, David Jones and Pandora.
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 Mecca, Priceline and Myer.
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!
This Spring Carnival welcomes the revival of the pinstripe suit. Try this slim fit design by MJ. Bale – in a class of its own, the trousers feature side adjusters in place of belt loops; a vintage detail for the modern man. Keep this tie-less ensemble on-point with a powder blue pocket square and rich chocolate brown lace-ups. Shop the pinstripe trend at Peter Jackson.
Outfit: Joe Black - David Jones
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, Zara and Myer.
Vibing a classic ’80s retro floral shirt? Look no further than Politix, with their signature shirts creating a playful trackside look when paired with this two-tone houndstooth blazer. 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 Tarocash, Connor and Sportscraft.
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 Country Road, Tarocash and Johnny Bigg.