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Melbourne Cup Fashion Trends 2018

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Customer Happiness Team

October 25, 2018

THE most prestigious racing event is back. Set your sights on the new 2018 Melbourne Cup season.

To secure your seat at this most lavish race day event this Spring, take notes with the help of our top 5 trends to adopt this season! Remember the dress + headwear formula as you search for your next frontrunner look.

Whether your thinking of taking off-duty dress to the next level, or keep it top-notch trendy when dressing with styles straight off the runway, why not give your race day ensembles a less function, more fashion vibe? The Melbourne Cup is one of the most iconic days to play up on textures and colours for more high-fashion finishes. Read on to discover fashion trends that work effortless both day and night!

Floral Carnivale

Take a page out of Frida Khalo’s trademark look and take the maximalist approach to dressing. Threads take a trip down Mexico lane, thanking the vividly exotic flowers and tropical plants in their euphoric colours.

Dress by Keepsake the Label; Bag by Adorne

Keep your spring feels alive with kaleidoscope florals and Mexicana vibes. Vibrant, feel good and optimistic, this trend is not for the cloudy and quiet. This long-standing relationship between fashion florals are what you’ll want to be wearing this Spring racing. Look out for rich hues such as tomato reds, orange and yellows that ornament around the body in decorative fiesta. Embroidered lace and large floral motifs are key to this style, so why not celebrate this stunning landscape from cuff to hem.

Generously voluminous full skirts are also native to this trend. With elongated hemlines surpassing the midi length alongside comical ruffles, try incorporating your bold colours alongside some clashing sequins. Sport an oversized pair of beaded drop earrings or a flamboyant floral headpiece to style. Basically, anything that’s different, and you’re comfortable to try and experiment with!

Lemons + Lilacs

What is pantone’s appetite this season? It might be time to trade in your black and whites for a colour twist.

Dresses from L-R by Elliatt, Rebecca Vallance, Rebecca Vallance

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Lemonade yellow is the Spring/Summer’s juiciest trend. A feisty lioness hue, we’re more than sold on this statement colourway. Higher temperatures call for brighter, lighter shades. File away your monochromes, as this seasonal pick of the bunch is definitely a colour statement. Try mixing this pastel colour with more geometric shapes or elevate your shoulder detail with an oversized bow detail for a renewed fashion fervour. No shiny accessories or clashing footwear needed.

Now if you’re not into the blush pinks, or you’re not partial to sky blue, have you considered the lavender trend? In a variety of shades from grey lilacs to rich fuchsia tones, it’s as customisable as it is trendy. Very flattering against warm honey tones and cinnamon shades, team a loose-fitting dress with sleek platforms and add an streamlined coat for a cool, modern update. For a softer tone, take this purple colour and accessories with it with more tailored silhouettes.

Earth Angel

There’s something quietly taking place over the horizon…

Dresses from L-R by Yeojin Bae, Keepsake, Elliatt, Elliatt

Flutter towards celestial heights this Melbourne Cup racing season and take a fresher course. Hints of white have long been the tonic in turning a dark palette into something more memorable. We’re thinking it’s time to have a dazzling moment. Want in? Take to halo crowns or jewelled encrusted headbands. Our advice here is to keep it clean with sparse ornamentation. For this starter pack approach, try styling a white corset belt or wrap a white cord drawstring over a black pleated dress.

The goal is to achieve maximum sophistication. White on white is our full obsession at the moment, so why not grace your race day attire with an all-white outfit resembling angelic robes or a pantsuit option. Or are you more of a frill seeker? Tiered skirts and smart layering are a great option to add a voluminous feature. Take to more light, sheer fabrics that offer an iridescent and heavenly look. For a bottom-down approach, catapult yourself to higher levels with an optic white over-the-knee stiletto boot.

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Sartorial Vacation

Do you have an excuse to let go of responsibilities? You do now! Say it might not be realistic to hop onto the next flight to a Parisian paradise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like it.

Dress by Grace & Hart, Accessories from L-R by Eve Til Dawn, Adorne, Olga Berg

Keep it alive with a leisurely feel. Don’t allow yourself to get chained to your desk job. Instead, translate landscapes and palms to feature within all-over dress prints, and send an invite to natural wonders. For a more naturalesque tone, opt for emerald green tones and effortless ruffles that offer a relaxed change as you combine life with leisure. Blossom in this refined and elegant shade, and bring out your inner sartorialist within a crowd of mortals. The best thing about this colour makeover? It’s universally flattering, regardless of skin tone!

Now are you ready to drop a gold bomb? Define your style with opulent accents that are classic and timeless. Gold accents give an instant regal elevation to any outfit. Be a lady of leisure and baske in the golden rays of of Spring racing with a crown of jewels or swap out your practical ear pieces and punctuate it with chunky, crystallised drop earrings. Allow your style statement to sing with our range of new-season jewellery!

Style Agenda

Dress to be a winner come Melbourne Cup Day. Give your looks the trackside treatment as you dress with the agenda of staying beautifully illustrated and in a comfort that’s long-lasting. From the 8AM rise and shine, to hair and makeup by 9AM, don’t forget to freshen up around the 2PM mark, and after-dark hours at 9PM it’s all up to you on how you finish this Cup Day off!

After more? Check out our other Spring highlights that are trending this 2018!

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