From Derby Day’s monochrome to Melbourne Cup’s explosion of colour, Spring Racing Carnival is one of the biggest fashion events on the calendar. But with so many dress codes to consider and stores overflowing with frocks and fascinators, where do you start?
Here are my tips for winning that coveted first place in Fashions on the Field:
- Know the dress code and stick to it: Derby Day asks for strictly black and white, Oaks Day (or Ladies Day) encourages ladylike attire, Stakes Day is traditionally known as Family Day so more casual racewear is OK, while Melbourne Cup calls for colour, prints and extravagance.
- Although you should follow the dress code, it’s important you add your own twist to really stand out! This could be anything from your hat to your heels, and everything in between.
- Don’t be afraid to take a fashion risk! Try one of this season’s daring raceday trends – my favourites are jumpsuits and crop tops worn with full skirts.
- When it comes to headwear, go hard or go home! This applies whether you like something discreet or OTT. Mimco have gorgeous vintage-inspired beaded headpieces while Forever New does the perfect floppy hat. And no tiny feathers in sight!
- Don’t even attempt a stiletto – swap it for a wedge or small chunky heel instead. Easier to walk in on the grass and you won’t be barefoot with shoes in hand by the end of the day.
So what will I be wearing for the big day? I’m opting for feminine florals and pastel shades, but making it a touch more edgy (and closer to my style) with clashing prints, statement accessories and one very statement peplum!