David Bush, David Jones General Manager Womenswear shares the key trends for this racing season include:
“From bold colour blocking to fresh white this season\’s fashion offers a vibrant and contemporary approach to racewear dressing. Keep clothing simple and elegant and offset with accessories.”
“Accessorising is key, in addition to millinery, handbags, jewellery and summer gloves create a wonderful sense of occasion for all racewear looks.” Mr Bush concluded.
So check out this trend guide on how to look ladylike and glamboyant for this season’s Spring Racing Carnival:
The Age Caulfield Guineas
Take cue from eras gone by and embrace the prim and polished looks of the 50s from pretty and feminine to the more structured. Wear a soft, gelato-hued palette and compliment the look with feminine and delicate accessories. Look for full skirts paired with fluid blouses or opt for a structured dress and complete the look by cinching in the waist with a patent belt.
BMW Caulfield Cup
David Jones\’ day of the Spring Carnival and they say, say it with colour at this year\’s Caulfield Cup. Choose pop brights and don\’t be afraid to use block colours to really make a statement. Choose from a range of pretty options in bold pinks, cobalt blues and sunny yellows and keep accessories minimal with clean lines and add a hint of metallic for a more sophisticated approach.
Tatts Cox Plate
Relaxed neutrals are the flavour of the day so look to layering a range of tonal colours for an effortless look that guarantees trackside chic. Aim for silk shift dresses or skirts paired with softly tailored blazers and hints of tan and nude in your accessories. Mix silks and satins for a modern edge.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Tradition reigns supreme on this day and this season it\’s all about white, so tradition has never been easier to follow at the black and white themed day. Make texture the focus of all-white ensembles; whether it be through an elegant lace shift dress or a sheer feminine piece. Should the weather be cool, look for classic jet-black blazers that will ensure a covetable, monochromatic look on the day.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
The style stakes are at their highest on Melbourne Cup Day so make a statement with colour and clashing prints. Look for modern, voluminous shapes and bold digital prints with a more fluid feel or structured block-colour dresses. Finish the look with contemporary accessories such as an envelope clutch in bright leather.
Crown Oakes Day
Add a hint of the Arabian Adventure trend to add an element of opulence to trackside dressing. Embellished tunic dresses or gemstone inspired pieces will add flair to simple shapes.
Masculine Trackside Tailored Confidence
A sophisticated, sleek look is always in style. Keep suits slim in a palette of inky blues and blacks.Â Put the fun into
dressing with bursts of colour in accessories.
A full spectrum of trends is on offer this season with pop colour definitely one of the biggest new directions in millinery. So clash your headpiece with your dress, in shades of fuchsia, tangerine, cobalt, or emerald.Â Black and white will always remain key for racing. Choose stripes for a clean monochromatic look or wear white in lace fabrics for a fresh and dainty look.
Shapes are still following lady-like pillboxes, cocktail hats and berets, however this season we also see a re-emergence of the floppy hat. A less formal piece the floppy soft brim hat has a definite 70s vibe, and suits a younger less structured dress.
For classic elegance a sculptured cocktail hat in a medium size is best. Disc and plate shapes give good height and substance without being overwhelming.
So you cannot go wrong this Spring Racing Carnival Season, you’ll be looking dapper in a flash.
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