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.
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 and Mimco.
Head piece: Max Alexander
Bag: Olga Berg
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.
Outfit: MJ Bale - Myer
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 or Tarocash.
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 and Connor.
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 for similar styles check out Tarocash and Johnny Bigg.