Spring Racing wrap up: From trackside trends to Summer essentials


Spring Racing wrap up: From trackside trends to Summer essentials

Over the Spring Racing Carnival, there have been so many standout fashion moments!

It’s the place where the latest fashion trends are seen first before we move into the silliness of the festive season and summer. Throughout the key race days at Caulfield and Flemington, there were key styles that you can draw on for fashion inspiration for the season ahead, from the little black dress remaining ever-popular to modern trends, including the one shoulder, asymmetric details, bright pop colours and intricate sleeve details. Featuring heavily trackside in the style stakes were wide brimmed hats, which can easily go from raceday staple to summer essential, ensuring that you will be ready for all outdoor occasions.

A classic LBD will take you from the track and see you through the party season, ensuring you are prepared for any last-minute invitations. A simple change of shoes and accessories can transform your look for any occasion. Adding bold accessories such as a statement jewellery or a pop colour clutch will have you ready for an evening cocktail party or New Year’s Eve. The racegoer seen below dressed for Derby Day and kept things classic and elegant with metallic accents on her shoes and headwear. To take this look from the track to your Christmas party, swap out your hat for a metallic headband or crown to add some extra glam. Remember, headwear is not just for the races!

Sleeves and sleeve details were rife amongst the fashion set trackside, with puff sleeve styles by far the most prevalent. Puff sleeves can add a touch of romance and allure to an outfit, while a bonus is the forgiving nature of sleeve details, which means the trend is suitable for all ages. Having sleeves is also perfect when you’re trying to plan for unpredictable weather and day to night events. The racegoer below at the Melbourne Cup had bold voluminous puff sleeves with a v-neck fitted bodice, creating a feminine and edgy look that is perfect for the Wedding season.

One way to stand out from the crowd is to introduce a pop colour into your wardrobe. There were several colours that were a standout this season, with yellow, green and hot pink the heroes. Not a look for wallflowers, you’ll command attention in a striking hue, such as this racegoer in hot pink seen at the Caufield Cup. It’s clear that the look will continue to be popular for the upcoming party season. Keep your accessories clean and simple when rocking this trend, so the focus is kept to the colour statement your outfit is making.

Asymmetric looks were another key trend seen trackside, which are perfect for all Summer events. One shouldered styles are one way to wear the asymmetric trend, allowing you to show a little skin. The one shoulder style can be worn both casually for a summer picnic or glammed up for a night out. This racegoer seen at the Caulfield Cup wore a relaxed one shouldered jumpsuit showing effortless style that can easily be worn to all your events this season.

For a different take on the asymmetric trend, or for those that prefer to keep your shoulders covered, you can test the trend with your skirt or dress hemline. This style adds drama and is incredibly flattering to all shapes and sizes. The racegoer seen below at the Melbourne Cup wore a vibrant dress with an eye catching asymmetric hemline that flowed beautifully and accentuated her features. Change up the headwear and swap the heels for some flats and you’ve got the perfect Christmas Day look.

It’s not all about the ladies! Men can also take style inspiration from the racetrack. A linen blend blazer is a wardrobe staple for any event in your calendar this season that requires dressing up and looking a little fancy. This racegoer spotted at the Melbourne Cup added accessories, including a pocket square and tie to make his look formal and suited to the occasion. But take away these elements, add an open neck shirt and chinos and you’re ready for a Summer wedding. Take it one step further with tailored shorts and you’ve even got a stylish look for a day at the Australian Open.

Now it’s time to take the trends seen trackside, be inspired and shop the look at Westfield this silly season. Signing out, Westfield Spring Racing Authority, Angela Menz.

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