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, 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 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, Hugo Boss and Ted Baker>.
Outfit: SK Menswear
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. Shop your favourite linen pieces at <Industrie, Academy Brand and Country Road>.
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 yd>.
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>.