Racing events are not only good occasions to showcase the top breed horses but also a much-awaited opportunity to flaunt the finest fashion and greatest style, even for the non-racing enthusiasts. To be truly ready for the race, we’ve got some tips on setting the stakes high for perfect outfits to wear on Australia’s favourite racing days.
The AAMI Victoria Derby Day is a favourite among the racing purists. To keep up with its monochrome signature style, seek inspiration in a black and white Coast contour dress with abstract florals. If you want to stick to either black or white, wear your chosen colour in interesting textures like soft lace, sheer fabric or metallic fabrication. Make an interesting contrast with a dramatic headpiece like straw fascinator, big hat or even a simple but striking headband. Finalize the look with a pair of classic pearl earrings.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
The highlight of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, is known as ‘the race that stops a nation’ and attracts the most flamboyant fashion. To stand out among the over 100,000 strong crowd, be as outrageous as you can be with bright coloured ensemble. Use colour blocking of two or more colours or bold floral prints on your outfit. Punctuate your fashion statement with an eye catching headpiece like a sculptural fascinator and wide-brimmed straw hat from Jendi or a lily beret with ostrich quill from Robyn Coles Millinery.
Crown Oaks Day
With the fashion competing with the horses in importance, Crown Oaks is known to be the most glamorous event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Choose an outfit that best accentuates your feminine form, such as the silhouette of the 50s and 60s. Adorn your head with sophisticated vintage millinery, your ears with a Dower & Hall freshwater pearl stud earrings and your feet with strappy stilettos from Brian Atwood.
The most relaxed celebration of the racing Carnival, the Emirates Stakes Day, retains its fabulous fashion despite its family atmosphere. This is the perfect time to wear your more subdued colours like pastels as well as dainty floral prints. To accessorize your hair, keep it sweet with minimal headwear like a feather headband from Forzieri Firenze.
To get you more worked up for the carnival, here’s more of our race-ready thoroughbred outfits for you.