Your Ultimate Spring Racing Fashion Guide

Spring Racing season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. From fancy dress to extravagant hats nothing is more fun for a fashion lover then getting dressed up, heading to the races and enjoying a day out with friends and family.

The four top predicted trends for Spring Racing this year are: statement sleeves, soft colours of blush and rose, pretty pastel pant suits, jumpsuits and being bold with a full floral head-to-toe outfit.

To get you prepared for the season to come, we’ve compiled our top tips and tricks on this season’s biggest spring racing trends, creating your ultimate guide on what to wear no matter which day you go.

Spring Racing is split up into four main events; Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day, and Stakes Day. Each day offering its own unique suggestions for the dress code:

Derby Day Saturday 3 rd November 2018

Regarded as one of the most prestigious days of racing in Australia, Derby Day certainly does not disappoint with its smart dress code. Wearing colour to Derby Day is a big no no! Black and white is the preferred dress code, with sharp tailoring and structured dresses. Why not inject some flavour into your outfit with fun polka dot or elegant pinstripe sprints, topped with a stunning fascinator.

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Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 th November 2018

Known as the race that stops the nation, Melbourne Cup provides its guests with the opportunity to really explore colour. This day calls for bright pops of colour, stand out pieces, and opt for a statement headpiece.

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Oaks Day Thursday 8th November 2018

Oaks Day, otherwise known as Ladies Day, will see more feminine and elegant outfits. On this day, delicate lace and pretty florals will be on display. The outfits are more feminine, elegant and consist of soft, sweet shades.

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Stakes Day Saturday 10 th November 2018

As this is the final day in the Racing Carnival, the overall fashion vibe is much more relaxed. On this day, comfort is key, go for floaty dresses and wide brim hats. It is the perfect opportunity to explore completely different looks and be bold with accessories.

Our Top Tips:

Wear Colours and Prints

This spring racing season is all about soft pastels, head-to-toe floral and soft blushes. However, be brave and inject a little neon or try vivid orange, lemon yellow and forest green to stand out from the pack. Keep accessories neutral to compliment this striking colour trend.

Get Girlie

Lace is a must have. Try feminine dresses with lace panelling, inserts or made head-to-toe with the fabrication. Stick to classic styles with midi length skirts in feminine pastels of pink and baby blue. Be adventurous and swap the traditional dress combination for a fitted crop and skirt combination. Statement embellishment on necklines and hems are a great way to add a girlie touch, as are soft gathers or structured box pleats. Simply accessorise with pearls or silver jewellery.

Hats Are Back

Whether you love extravagant styles or a more subtle sophisticated touch, it’s all about this statement accessory to get you ready for the races. Sit nicely on the side of your head, or opt for a large broad brimmed variety. We love classic black variations with floral embellishments or feathers for a boho touch. Have a look at our range of fascinators, from elegant black to bold pops of colours.

Plan Your Accessories

An oversized clutch that fits all your race wear essentials is necessary. You will want to take lip balm, a makeup compact for touch ups and your money. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour to a classic black or white outfit with a bold colour clutch or animal print variety.

Mix It Up

Race day isn’t all about ladies dresses. This year is seeing a strong trend of soft pastel pant suits and outfits that show off their statement sleeves. Just how every woman should have a staple LBD, this year we are seeing more staple jumpsuits, which will be a popular choice at the races this year. Just add stacks of jewels and a colour pop lip, sleek hair and you’re all set!

Play With Fabrics

Lace? Check. Chiffon? Check. Silk? Check. Nothing adds that little extra than luscious fabrics. We love flirty floral in light-weight silks, or classic monochromatic tones in sheer chiffon with statement embellishment.

Need help styling your ultimate spring racing look? Ask us at AlibiOnline and we would love to help you choose your perfect race day style.

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Which trend will you be embracing this spring racing season? Let us know in the comments below!