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Spring 17 Racing Fashion Stakes

Set a New Track Record

What I love about racing is that ‘getting dressed’ up is all part of the fun. What girl doesn’t love the opportunity to frock up?

Race Style

Always follow the race-day rules at the track. Understated elegance for monochromatic Derby Day (check out Julie Bishop’s style), bold and bright for Melbourne Cup and feminine florals for Oaks Day (Image from Jane Daniels NZ).  

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It’s a daytime event so allow your outfit to reflect that and always plan around the weather. Ladies take a jacket or blazer to throw over your shoulders as the weather can change at a moment’s notice, don’t we know it. Melbourne Cup dressing or any special occasion needs a top to toe solution.  Your whole outfit needs to be carefully thought out to look seamless.

Race Ready Spring 17 

From sophisticated lace to fresh modern blooms there is something for everyone this season.

The Ensemble

Whether you choose a dress, skirt or pantsuit, wear what you love and allow it to reflect the inner you.

Melbourne Cup Dress Code and Winning Looks

  • White or pastel needle lace dress with a boater and pastel hatband
  • Soft ruffled dress with a floral headpiece
  • Statement dress in red or fuchsia with structured headpiece
  • Ivory pantsuit with large black hat.
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Melbourne Cup Fascinators and Hats

This is where the fun begins and is an opportunity to show your styling finesse. As a Stylist I recommend to choose a hat or headpiece to tie your look together and make your outfit pop.  (Red Dior Style Hat from Embellish Atelier, Model is Sarah Jehan)

Key looks to play with this season are:

  • Straw boater, once passé is now on trend and can be worn after the racing season
  • Wide brimmed hat in black, yellow or any bright
  • Turban headbands worn with statement earrings
  • Headband with netting and flowers
  • Bow headband – black or laser cut
  • Structured headpiece in red or metallic.
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 Melbourne Cup Carnival Style Guide

Elevate your outfit with a shoe that will last the distance. Take a pair of flats to change in to if need be and Band-Aids for emergencies. A spare pair of hosiery is always a good idea.

Get the look in either a block heel or wedges in

  • Metallics, red, pink or tan
  • Add texture with suede, jewels or sequins
  • Add dimension with bows, trims or buckles.
It’s in the Bag

Your bag is never an afterthought as it carries ‘must have’ items like money, makeup, phone and keys. Ideally it has enough room to carry everything, you don’t have to hold it and it looks divine. On trend is the chain strap shoulder handbag which will have you looking avant garde.

I hope my Style Blog is helping you express your individuality in the way you dress.  

If you’d like to know more why don’t you take advantage of my free 15 minute consultation to get the low-down on how to look great on 0419 468 272. Find out more at my FAQs.

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