Style tips for Spring Racing Carnival
Dress: Forever New | Belt: Alannah Hill | Headband: Alannah Hill | Clutch: Review | Shoes: Nine West
While I will still include Autumn and Winter related posts, here it's Spring and that means Spring Racing Carnival! Even if you won't be joining in on the racing festivities, you will start to see a lot of occasion wear that can be worn to any event you might have coming up. If you are layering up as you begin to see the first sign of frost, think of all the Christmas parties coming up that can still be styled with cute tights and a chic coat.
I'll find any excuse to dress up and love how the dresses at Forever New are very affordable for any occasion. I couldn't go past this blush dress being the perfect touch of girliness and a great base colour to work with fun accessories. I showed you how it looks with and without the headband if you aren't attending any racing events; and my sister thought it was still wedding appropriate with how I styled the whole outfit -great if you like a little something extra. If you are attending the Spring Racing Carnival but not sure where to start, I have put together some styling tips and racing etiquette below to get you started. Fashion is a big part of the events and half the fun :).
Race Day Etiquette:
- Keep makeup classy, think wedding appropriate, not smokey eye nightclub appropriate.
- Don't go crazy with the fake tan, just a subtle glow will be fine.
- Don't take off your shoes EVER! Test out your shoes beforehand if they are new, or even put some pocket ballerina flats in your clutch (Scholl make some).
- Don't forget a stash of bandaids! Its a long day and its better to be prepared.
- It's very important to stay hydrated with water! With the flowing alcohol, it's easy to get caught up in the festivities, but don't get wasted; unless you want to end up in the race day embarrassing segment on the news. It's not pretty or very ladylike.
- Don't forget to check the weather forecast and have a matching jacket/coat as back up.
- Steer clear of looking like a Vegas showgirl with all the glitz and glam. Think of what you would wear to a wedding or garden party and that's the kind of style you're are aiming for. Keep it classy and elegant. Add a hat or fascinator to complete your look; weddings in the UK still even keep this as a tradition.
- Each racing event has a dress code so make sure to plan out your outfits ahead of time and really find what makes you feel confident on the day. If you don't live in Melbourne, you will find more suitable options online than in stores.
Derby Day is all about class with a black and white dress code. You can mix both the colours, but let the details of your outfit become the statement. For headwear keep it sleek and simple, save the creativity for the other racing events. Though, if you feel like your outfit is a bit plain, then you could go with a fancier choice of headwear.
Melbourne Cup Day:
This is the biggest racing event of the season, the race that stops the nation! Fashion on the fields is also just as big, so this is your chance to take a risk and stand out with a bright and bold ensemble. Fascinators and hats are also considered art pieces so have fun with it! While there is no specific dress code, make sure to be race day appropriate and not looking like you are auditioning for a Lady Gaga music video.
Crown Oaks Day:
Traditionally known as "ladies day", this day is about getting in touch with your feminine side. experiment with and soft pastels and delicate florals to look your prettiest. Think ruffles, frills and embellished pieces that are very on trend at the moment.
Emirates Stakes Day:
Traditionally known as "family day", this is the least formal event of the racing season. You can skip the prim and proper attire and opt for loose tailoring and youthful silhouettes. Think interesting prints and ladylike separates; wedges are a great option here too.