The Melbourne spring racing carnival is upon us again, where we see that the true winners are not in fact the horses, but women’s racing fashion. I attended Derby Day with my girls and I was stunned by not only the wonderful weather, but by how gorgeous all the women and men looked dressed in traditional black and white. The colour combination was flattering on everyone and the creativity involved in assembling outfits was marvellous.
Full lace dresses were a hit, alongside off-the-shoulder dresses and capes for the more adventurous types. Gladiator heels have made a tremendous comeback this season, matched with crown headpieces that are gaining more momentum with every racing carnival. Many women wore tailored pants or jumpsuits, which looked chic and fresh, especially when paired with killer heels. There are not too many rules involved in races fashion, but the main one I stick to is to keep it elegant, and to avoid looking like you are going to the clubs. This is a classy day for classy ladies and gents (unless one too many cocktails have been consumed).
I opted for a classic look featuring a pencil dress with lacing by Runaway, a flower fascinator, a Napoleon Perdis clutch and simple black heels. The fascinator was the main element of my outfit, and I bought it years ago at a stall at the South Melbourne market. The entire outfit was inexpensive and comprised of items I already had in my wardrobe. Fortunately, it was very easy to put together and I didn’t have to spend a cent.
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The misguided weather man’s forecast for a cold and rainy Saturday proved to be incorrect as today the sun was shining and I didn’t even require a jacket. It turned out to be a beautiful day for the races, and there was plenty of beautiful fashion on display at every corner.
Just about every colour was paraded around, with the neons and brights among the most popular. There were so many lovely outfits everywhere that I repeatedly wanted to stop people and ask to take photos of them. Also witnessed a few fashion faux pas’ that I was tempted to capture by camera (see through dresses+brightly coloured underwear, dress and vans, over excessive use of fake tan..). All in a day at the races!
Dress: Jess & I Shoes: Guess Hat: Forever New Bag: Fiorelli Belt: Cotton On Necklace: ? Sunglasses: ASOS
The highly anticipated spring racing season has arrived and the most important aspect of it (in my opinion, more exciting than the horses) is the dressing up! Whether it be a hat, fascinator or hair accessory paired with a lovely dress or suit with killer heals and a matching bag and accessories, sorting out racewear can be a breeze. There are rules to adhere to when dressing for the races, however the most significant one is to express your individuality whilst remaining sophisticated. A shot of fluro has been a popular trend this year along with other bright colours, and remember that the shoes, head-piece and bag typically should compliment each other. Happy racing!
Derby Day Outfit (Black and White Day)
Dress: Impulse Hat: ? Bag: Olga Berg Shoes: Innovare
Melbourne Cup (The Big One)
Dress: Bardot Fascinator: Forever New Shoes: London Rebel Bag: Mollini