The Spring Racing Season is upon us ladies and the trackside glamour that comes with it is kicking of full force.
However, with strict dress codes for different events, selecting your race-ready look can be a confusing task. From the monochromatic moods for Derby Day to the floral and femme for Oaks Day, here's our guide explaining the distinct styles for all the significant trackside occasions!
Caufield Cup (Saturday, 19th October)
The Caufield Cup can be classified as the red-carpet version of the Spring Racing season. This means leaving the midriff-baring tops and mini skirts at home, and switching out for sleeker silhouettes and more feminine essentials. This year, the Caufield Cup is giving a shout out to the eye-opening white-on-white styling, full midi-length skirts and lace overlay tops and trimming.
If you're thinking of opting for this year's white-on-white look, pair it with a bold lip colour complemented by perfectly groomed brows and bronzed cheeks.
Derby Day (Saturday, 3rd November)
When it comes to Derby Day, elegance and refined femininity go hand in hand! One of the longest-running racecourse events to date, Derby Day fashion is classified by its all white and black attire. Think of figure-flattering silhouettes, tailored suits, midi length skirts, pin dot or polka dot prints, pinstripes and luxe lace trimmings.
With such a strong emphasis on the monochromatic look, makeup should be just as sophisticated. A classic cat-eye wing and mascara, paired with a classic red lip is the most ideal makeup look. Try not to OD on the red accessories - keep the red hue to footwear, the handbag or on your jewellery.
Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday, 6th November)
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious annual horse racing event. It's the day where you get to see and be seen. Go and pair bright neon block colours with statement prints. Experiment with textures by pairing a ruched top with a figure-hugging bottom, or find an expertly tailored two-piece that demands attention the moment you walk on the trackside. When choosing your fascinators, opt for laser cut details and sculptural pieces. Anything that screams 'statement' is a must!
With such an eclectic range of colours and looks, you're free to be more liberal in your makeup look, as long as it matches your outfit! Be the bronzed goddess you were born to be!
Oaks Day / Ladies Day (Thursday, 8th November)
Move along gents; this is a Girl's Day Out! Traditionally known as Ladies Day, this Spring Racing event encourages all fashion-forward ladies to showcase their feminine side.
Leave any dark-coloured dresses and neon brights in your wardrobe. Oaks Day fashion is all about busting out the pastels and floral printed dresses, and pairing the lacy fit-and-flares with your favourite block heels. Warm-tones, dewy makeup and the naturally bronzed vibe characterise the makeup look for Ladies Day.
Stakes Day (Saturday, 10th November)
Just because Stakes Day is the most relaxed Spring Racing event, doesn't mean you have to skip out on style! When it comes to trackside dressing, attendees prefer to take a 'less is more' approach for Stakes Day. Stay feminine but effortlessly on-trend in a floral print midi skirt and an elevated blouse. Alternatively, you can complement a floral printed long sleeve dress or a ruffle-trim jumpsuit with a pearl headband.
The makeup theme for Stakes Day is to look effortlessly chic and glowy! We advise you not to go too heavy-handed with your highlighter. Keep your complexion fresh and radiant with a light dusting on the cheekbones and nose. Opt for a more neutral lip-colour or lipstick instead of vibrant pink, coral or red.