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Race Day Ready: How To Style Lace For Autumn

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Customer Happiness Team

February 8, 2017

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There is a lot of esteem and glamour connected to the spring racing carnival season, but who can resist the luxe and ambiance of the Autumn carnival season? The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival sees a lot of quality local racing events and offers a whole new option for fashion and outfit styling for those of us who love to get glammed up for race day.

This Autumn season is all about lace. Exquisitely detailed embroidery and intricate lace patterns will be a huge part of the Autumn fashion scene and pairs well with the crisper air and textures of the fall season.

This Autumn race day season, try incorporating lace into your outfit by layering it with equally rich textures and hues.

Autumn Racing: How To Style Lace For Race Day

Tran-seasonal Through Texture

Thurley - Concerto Beaded Jacket - Front
Adorne - Diamante Stacked V Cuff - Silver

Autumn racing style is all about texture and tran-seasonal pieces. Look to luxurious textures which can be layered up for a decadent look. Embrace lace with a dress such as this Rosie Lace Dress by Nicholas the Label. This is a great piece as it still has the effortless glam of the spring style mini dress, but is more true to the cooler Autumn season with its sheer lace drape sleeves and cinched bodice which pairs wonderfully with a tailored jacket. A crisp, fitted jacket with beaded detail or embellishments complements the richness of lace and offers that textural layering without being over the top. Balance the look out with a stacked bracelet for seamless style.

Decadent, Bold Colour

Self Portrait - Tiered Guipure Lace Mini Dress - Maroon - Front

Madarin, bordeaux  and red are Autumn-worthy colours which look bold and beautiful in a race day outfit. While Spring is all about the pastels and florals, look to lace dresses in bolder ‘block’ or monochrome hues. Take inspiration from the landscape around you and of the colours and textures of the falling leaves and moodier tones. With lace, you don’t need an intricate print or bright colours as the focus and highlight should be within the lace work itself. The pick of the bunch? Our gorgeously divine Self Portrait Maroon Mini Dress. This deep plum colour in decadent tiered guipure lace can be worn with darker accessories and leather gloves for a classy Autumn race day look.

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Long Sleeve Lace

Grace & Hart - Scandal Gown - Teal - Front

Lady-like lace with long sleeve detail is so elegant! Let’s face it, Autumn can be a bit fresh on the limbs and therefore picking a stylish dress which also adheres to the cooler weather can be difficult. Long sleeve dresses are having their heyday and no longer are associated with something you’d find in your mothers closet. Embrace the style with a lace long sleeve midi dress such as this incredible teal Scandal Gown by Grace & Hart. When styling a long sleeve lace dress, keep everything else simple. This goes for headpieces, jewelry and shoes. If you want to wear a headpiece of some sort, look to jeweled or a pearl barrette hair clip to pin hair for a modern and elegant look. Look to close toed pumps in a black or nude tone and complement with an understated clutch.

Accessorizing With Lace

Morgan & Taylor - Shiloh Lace Applique Fascinator - White - Side
Morgan and Taylor - Shiloh Lace Applique Fascinator - Black - Side

Another simple way to incorporate lace into your Autumn race day outfit is with lace fascinators and headwear. This Shiloh Lace Applique Fascinator by Morgan and Taylor will top off any race day look with this Autumn-inspired floral leaf pattern structured out of white lace embroidery. Wear lace headpieces with a dress in a heavier material to counterbalance the intricate detail. This Bed of Roses Lace Dress in a vibrant green hue would look lovely with this white fascinator.

Lace is the perfect accompaniment to the crisper, richer Autumn season. Get race day ready with our range of lace dresses available to rent, and follow some of our tips on how to incorporate this delicate detail into any outfit. Remember, the rules of Autumn racing dressing are adjusted to the change in cooler weather. Long sleeved dresses are generally the go-to, and if you are going to wear a sleeveless dress, look to a stylish coat or jacket to wear over. Heels should be closed-toe or a boot, and it is also encouraged to select fabrics and materials in heavier styles such as felt, wool and lace. Headpieces and accessories can be richer, with embellished necklaces, studded bracelets and brocade jewelry all acceptable. Save the floaty dresses for Spring racing season and opt for more structured styles of dresses.

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