Firstly, before we go any further I need to clarify something …. Spring Racing is not really about the horses it is ALL about the fashion and being able to dress up. The Spring Carnival gives us all permission to glam up which I think doesn’t happen often enough.
There are five race days that stand out for me during the Spring Racing Carnival. They are five very distinct fashion days with rules that must be respected and followed. Note, I am a stickler when it comes to racing fashion rules to the point of obsession. I almost didn’t let Leane attend Derby Day a few years ago because she had a small red flower on her hat. I am still shaking my head in disbelief that she didn’t seem to notice.
Elegance is always the “look” that you need to strive for but every race day requires an individual attitude and style.
The Caulfield Cup – October 17
Caulfield Racecourse is a lot smaller and intimate compared to Flemington. It has more of a garden party atmosphere. The fashion is a little more relaxed but no less stylish. Attention to detail is still very important. There are no colour rules but expect to see a lot more prints. I love to see what everyone is wearing as it is our first fashion preview for the carnival. If you have not decided on your outfit just yet, the Caulfield Cup will certainly provide you with some inspiration.
Derby Day – Flemington – October 31
As you may have already guessed, this is one of my favorite days in the Spring Racing calendar.
Black and white is the tradition for Derby Day and I can guarantee if you wear something other than monochrome you will stand out, but all for the wrong reasons (Yes, I am talking to you …. Leane!!).
Black and white are always my “go to” style basics because they make me feel elegant, sophisticated and stylish. It is classic look and never goes out of style. As we Melburnians love black we embrace this day but this year expect to see a lot more white on white for a fresher approach. I can’t wait.
If you keep it sleek and chic you can’t go wrong.
Melbourne Cup – November 3
Someone once said “the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation so your dress should be a show stopper too”. I agree wholeheartedly. This day is the craziest and most crowded of all the race days. The energy is electric. You need to aim for bold, bright and beautiful. Go for something loud that will make you stand out.
This year the colour palette is full of bright jewel colours and prints so be adventurous and step a little outside your comfort zone.
Crown Oaks Day – November 5
Crown Oaks Day is “Ladies Day”. They say it is a day to embrace femininity and grace but I think it is a day to express your own signature style. You will definitely see a lot of delicate lace, florals, prints and neutrals this year.
I thoroughly enjoy Crown Oaks Day as the fashion is truly at its best. It is also the final judging day of the Myer Fashions on the Field and the Myer Millinery Award so it gives you an opportunity to see all the finalists together.
A very pretty day.
Stakes Day – November 7
Stakes Day is the last day of the carnival and “Family day”. It is time to take a more relaxed approach to your outfit.? Go for more of a floral or printed “day dress” and maybe a straw boater or floral headpiece.
It doesn’t really matter what day you choose to attend as the atmosphere is always buzzing with excitement and style.
All I ask is for the weather Gods to be smiling on us because the only thing that can ruin the races are dark clouds and rain.