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What to Wear: Seppelt Wines Stakes Day

As they say in showbiz, we’ve saved the best for last! Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the premier finale of Racing Cup Week. Flemington undeniable puts on a world class show with its exhilarating display of sportsmanship complemented, of course, by delectable fashions and A-Class entertainment.

For some, it’s a chance to pander in hope as they watch some of the world’s most prized horses fly down the Flemington straight, while for others it’s all about creating a fun fashion look inspired by the week that was. Ultimately, Stakes Day is more about relaxed springtime fashions and less about big show stopping trends.

Traditionally one of the more subdued spring racing events, ‘Stakes Day’ has a specific focus on family and this can usually be seen reflected in the relaxed mood of the day. In saying that however, it does not mean you have to withhold on style as you have just come off the back of a mega-high from the ever so prestigious Melbourne Cup Race Day event!

Stakes Day offers you the opportunity to capture all the best fashion moments of the spring racing season and wrap them into a stunningly demure yet understated daytime look. This makes it a relatively big deal for fashion trendsetters as they enticingly wonder over the thought of what to wear.

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Got no clue what to wear? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with the perfect way to finish Cup Week. Feel hot to trot with our top 4 spring racewear looks ready for you to try at this year’s Seppelt Wines Stakes Day event!

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Send spring racing off in style with a pretty floral number featuring delicate embroidery detailing. You will fall head over heels for pretty flower-patterned fabrics and vibrantly rich contrasting hues. Blossom at your next race day event in this botanic inspired classic trend. To complete this fabulous daytime look, add a bold textured flower crown and keep your accessories feminine and sweet. Traditionally, Stakes Day is known for being the least formal of all the events featured on the Spring Racing Calendar, making ‘the floral trend’ an effortlessly ideal way to dress for the festival. Get inspired, try a dendritic dress from our floral collection today!

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The polka-dot print seems to be just about everywhere you look at the moment. Whether the print is small, large, bold or demure there is a dotted look for almost every occasion. This print is a classic pattern that has most certainly come and gone through the years to evolve into a must have item this season! A speckle of pure daydream magic, the polka-dot trend is a great choice to try this spring racing season. Keep it fresh with a relaxed ruffled mini featuring off-shoulder ruched sleeves or try something a little more contemporary with a fit and flare styled silhouette at your next Stakes Day event! For more styles browse through our polka-dot collection today!

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Stakes Day may have a reputation of being far more modest than its counterpart the bold and brilliant Melbourne Cup, but there really shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t add a touch of dramatic boldness to your Stakes Day look if you so desire. The key to creating an opulent statement while still adhering to the relaxed nature of this event is to be smart about your colour choice. For instance, try a muted pastel bright! The softened hue will not only make you feel ravishingly springtime ready, but will also make you feel elegantly refined. To contrast this modest daytime style add a bold black floppy sun hat! Looking for a classic daytime look, check out our pastel dress collection now!

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Looking for effortless femininity? We have just the look for you! Style a demure and ladylike white lace dress featuring fitted lace sleeve detailing or perhaps a textured lace figure-flattering silhouette. Who said white is only for formal bridal events? A white laced number can be a refreshing take on your ‘fashions of the field’ look. Sweet and romantic in character, this style will be sure to have heads turning at your next Stakes Day event! Add a touch of girly glamour to your leisurely lace look with a layered frill hemline or sheer ruffle lace detailing. Complete your monotoned look with a bold fascinator and richly coloured lip. For more incredible lace styles take a look at our elegant lace dress collection!

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When it comes to Stakes Day fashion the most important thing to remember is to be sure you wear something that makes you feel confidently comfortable. Aim for a balance between classic and contemporary styling. When it comes to what suits your own style best, always trust your instincts. Sometimes it’s better to follow a style that works well with your figure rather than trying to make a grand fashion statement. Stakes Day is known for its distinctively relaxed persona therefore you shouldn’t feel you have to wear something that is not a clear representation of your own unique style. Unlike its predecessor events (for example, the Melbourne Cup) Stakes Day shouldn’t be taken too seriously. It’s important to not take your fashion choice too seriously as the ultimate goal is to have fun!

Can’t get enough? For more race day styling tips read our Race Day Makeup: How To blog post!


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