Spring racing is one of our favourite times of the year because it’s when all the Spring Fashion is on show. A day at the track is exciting because the champagne is always flowing, men and women are on show looking their absolute best in their stylish wares and you have the thrill of winning when you make a little flutter on the horses.
Those that follow Thestyledr on social media know that I love racewear and I absolutely love millinery. I also love styling others and helping with their looks so they can look amazing at the track.
I have had a lot of people ask me to show some looks that won’t cost you thousands of dollars and to show that anyone can look good on any budget. I have sourced some looks for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival from Amazon Fashion Australia that won’t break the bank and I have also included some tips and tricks to help keep costs low.
Derby Day is traditionally Black and White but that certainly doesn’t mean your look should be boring. Far from it! Play around with textures, prints, stripes and even polka dots which is a strong trend this season. I chose a Cooper St polka dot dressfrom Amazon Fashion and I paired it with a classic Morgan & Taylor black boater.
I styled the look with black and gold hoop earrings, black pumps and a black and gold bag which were all in my existing wardrobe. Most women own a good pair of black heels and if they don’t they should and most have a black clutch or bag they can wear which will help bring the cost down. With the polka dots on the dress you don’t need a lot of jewllery and even diamond or diamanté studs would work too.
Melbourne Cup is all about colour and having fun. This year the primary colours are a strong trend so I opted for a red Floral Cooper St dress from Amazon Fashion Australia. I styled it with some Tony Bianco nude heels also from Amazon fashion. I added one of my own hats which is a beautiful Jane Stoddart Millinery curvette style bow hat which tied in with the blue in the floral print. I had only worn the hat once and thought it would go perfectly with the dress and of course save buying a new hat.
Oaks day is ladies day so the style should be demure and lady like. I love this navy Cooper St lace dress which I thought would be perfect for Oaks Day. I styled it wit the same Tony Bianco nude heels from Cup day and a Morgan & Taylor navy headpiece also from Amazon Fashion.
Stakes Day is a more relaxed day at the track and it’s all about the kids. Whenever I go to the races with my kids I tend to wear I lower heels so I can chase after them if I need to and I take a bigger bag with a few snacks to keep them quiet. For my Stakes Day look I’ve opted for a loose fitting pink Finders Keepers polka dot dress on Amazon. I love this dress because it’s a style that I could easily dress up with higher heels or wear casually with sneakers. I have styled it with an Ace of Something straw boater which is a great hat that you could wear to the races but also to the beach or a summer BBQ. I am also wearing some Tony Bianco suede heels which are perfect for Stakes Day and tie in with the more casual raceday look.
To show how versatile the dress is, I have styled it 3 different ways to create different looks that would suit different body shapes too.
1. I am a rectangle shape so waist ties don’t suit me so I took the waist tie off and created a pussy bow.
2. For another look and a really relaxed look I took the waist tie off and tied it round the hat.
3. For another look I tied the bow at the back.
4. For a final look I kept the waist tie on to show you. This doesn’t suit my body shape but it would look great on hourglass and pear shape figures who have a small-defined waist.
All the looks above can be purchased on Amazon Fashion
Further Race wear tips from The Style Doctor
Women, since the hat is your statement piece, keep the rest of your accessories simple and make sure everything ties in with your look. Classic racewear had women matching their shoes, bag and hat in the same colour but now you can get away with different colours as long as it still goes with the theme of your look.
If you are wearing a floral headpiece and a feminine dress, heavy black or gladiator shoes won’t go. So too if you had an edgy look, pretty feminine shoes wouldn’t go. I always say when in doubt go nude as nude goes with everything. Also, please choose shoes you can walk in and ones that will last day at the races- we don’t want to see any women carrying their shoes from the track.
Opt for a small shoulder strap bag or a small clutch. Your everyday handbag is too big and won’t tie in with your racewear look.
If you are entering Fashions on the Field, gloves are an essential item. Again choose a colour that matches your look.
Your hat is what’s on show so ‘less is more’ when it comes to jewellery.
If you need any further styling advice or if you would like us to style you for the carnival, please consult your Style Doctor.