When it comes to Spring Racing we all eagerly await with anticipation for the enjoyment of the joyous and vibrant fashions seen on the field. What better way to celebrate the end of the Winter season than with a plethora of freshly bold florals, monochromatic marvels, statement ruffle trimming and bold pops of colour. Spring racing sets the fashion tone for the summer months to come with its refreshing palette and skin-baring silhouettes. So what are you waiting for, jump straight into the spirit of Spring racing with our easy to emulate style guide. We take you through the top 5 events of the racing season, what to wear when attending a racing event and show you how to easily match your head wear.
Before you even start planning your race day outfit, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of any dress codes specifically relevant to the event you are attending. If there is no dress code specified, it’s best to assume that a mix of relaxed daytime wear and cocktail party attire is appropriate. The key to feeling flawless on race day is to ensure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, meaning it’s probably best to save your spanks worthy outfit for your next gala ball. Instead opt for free-flowing skirts and loose fitting sleeves for guaranteed comfort. If you do decide to go for something a little more fitted, choose a fabric style that fits the body with a tad of sketch for ease in movement!
When we talk about Spring Racing fashion, it goes without saying it’s pivotal we mention the hats, fascinators, crowns, etc. as the headpiece you select makes up an important part of your overall race day look. Make sure you wear your headpiece, don’t let it wear you! What this means is that you choose a headpiece that best reflects your personal style to avoid looking awkwardly uncomfortable or not yourself! If you’re loud and proud spice up your outfit with something bold like an oversized sun hat, or if on the other hand you consider yourself more introverted try a style that is sophisticated like a headband or scarf ribbon.
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Your Spring Racing Fashion Calendar
WHAT TO WEAR – Five trends to emulate at the top 5 events of the Spring Racing season!
Event 1 | Caulfield Cup
INTRODUCTION TO SPRING – Kick off the Spring Racing season in an understatedly classic look!
The Caulfield Cup is your introduction to Spring Racing and doesn’t necessarily suggest any particular dress code. Key trends to follow may include but are not limited to floral prints, high necklines and free-flowing A-line silhouette. To complete your race day look keep it simple and understated, yet whimsically feminine, with a ribbon scarf ponytail look. This style is the perfect alternative to your bold statement fascinator headpiece. The Caulfield Cup can simply be summed up as the understatedly classic look of the Spring Racing season!
Event 2 | Derby Day
CLASSICALLY MONOCHROMATIC – Stick with the “strictly black and white dress code” for a timeless monochrome look!
Derby Day is known for its traditionally strict black and white dress code. I know what you’re thinking, how so drab and boring! Well fear not my little fashion friends! There are endless options to choose from so don’t just remain fixated on the colours black and white and instead think a little more outside the box. Be bold and mix it up with monochromatic separates for a slightly more edgy look, or combine the two by opting for a fabulous black and white print! Alternatively try a slender black midi dress, or for a chicer ladylike feel a flowing laced white mini will do the trick.
Event 3 | Melbourne Cup
CELEBRATION GOLD – It’s the time to shine, Don’t hold back! Make it a winning look with gold and all things bold.
Melbourne Cup is the spring racing event of the season that stops the nation! Therefore your race dress outfit should be all about making a bold statement in a bid to hopefully set you apart from the crowd. When it comes to dressing for the Melbourne Cup the sky’s the limit! With a particular call for eccentric, all things bright are encouraged and welcomed. Add to your winning look with gold accents such as an elaborately crowning gold headpiece and a gorgeous pair of oversized drop earrings. So don’t hold back and remember there’s no dress code here, all things WOW are encouraged.
Event 4 | Oaks Day
LEISURELY LACE –Add a touch of class to your Spring Racing look with some whimsical lace detailing.
Oaks Day is most commonly known as Ladies Day which can only mean one thing, showing off your feminine side is key! It’s all about intricately embroidered florals and delicately designed lace. Think soft pastel colours, sheer midi length skirts and loose fitting trumpet sleeves. Oaks Day offers a slightly more relaxed feel as opposed to its neighbouring Melbourne Cup event, however it should not be underestimated as it is equally important in the fashion stakes. For a modern touch, add a laser-cut leather headpiece to easily complete your fiercely feminine style.
Event 5 | Stakes Day
RUFFLED NECKLINES – Finish off the season with a super relaxed off-the-shoulder style, perfect for the warmer months.
As one of the last Spring Racing events, Stakes Day definitely has a more relaxed persona. It’s the time to unwind and celebrate the season that has just passed. After a Spring Racing season filled with bold statements and intriguing fashion risks has come and gone, what better way to finish up than with a slightly more playful style. For an easy to wear girly vibe, bloomingly flowing dresses with an off the shoulder neckline and interesting ruffle hem detailing are a great way to go. Complete the look with a straw hat fedora as well as beautifully understated accessories. Keep it fine-tuned with a pair of slender nude heels and a simple pod clutch.
For more style tips read our Spring Racing Millinery Style Guide blog post!