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.
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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.
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Get ready to colour-block this spring as the popular ’80s trend takes us from runway to racetrack. 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 Colette by Colette Hayman.
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This season promises a revival of the pearl; complete with a wide brim hat for race day perfection and onlooker envy. Looking for more pearl inspiration? Shop this trend at Lovisa.
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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 Maxima.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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 at yd. - or for similar looks check out Johnny Bigg.