Spring Racing Carnival 2016 has finally arrived, and with it, everyone’s favourite dilemma: what to wear to the races! Track Mode has gathered the very best of spring racing dresses (millinery, too) — mostly because it’s what we love to do, and also because we want you to look your very best on the field! Enjoy!
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The lineup is signature Ford: luxe, top-quality materials, slim cut, wear-anywhere.
Dramatic sleeves, florals on dark backgrounds, dusky pinks, and deconstructed shirts.
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It's your not-so-secret little secret, always reliable but never boring, the favourite part of your arsenal of party dresses.
All about the lovely lace, feminine frills, and pretty pastels.
The unofficial Cup Day dress code has always been bold and show-stopping, and this year did not disappoint.
I can think of no better way to nurse a hangover than by catching up on what everyone else wore.
Oaks Day fashion is all about flying your feminine flag: romantic silhouettes, sweet florals, and lace, lace, and more lace!
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"Keep hemlines in proportion: low-neck dresses should have hemlines that fall on or below the knee to achieve a classic and elegant look."
One of my favourite things about spring racing fashion is how so very girly it can be.
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"In a wider sense, Her Wardrobe exists because we want to make designer fashion accessible to everyone."
Bridget and Nick are #relationshipgoals.
For when your accessories need to take a supporting role.
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"A friend once said to me — when people ask you about how long a piece takes you respond with how many years of training and working in that field you have had."
A common predicament for ladies 50 and over is that it can be hard to shop for racewear, as many of them prefer to cover their arms and décolleté.
"I started out designing party dresses for women with curves, so that they too, could be flattered and look and feel their very best."
Pia's race day tips: stay hydrated, wear comfy shoes, and relax.
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"I look for well-crafted millinery pieces, the cut and design of the outfit, accessories, clutches/bags right down to shoes. I even look at hairstyling."
Oscar de la Renta! Maticevski! Pucci! Roksanda! Spring has arrived at Myer, and we're all throwing up our hands in glee!
"I will say in my 15 month experience of motherhood so far (both online and in person), I have seen the best and the worst sides of women."
"Everything is done the old-fashioned way, by hand. It’s very unique and it is a dying art, because now so many designers do take things offshore, and they get things mass-produced and sell it cheaper."
"Getting the right hat is so important, for you have to remember that when I meet you I am looking at your face, and therefore your headwear tells me a lot about you before we even converse."
Coco Chanel famously said, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewellery.”
If this is what spring racing dresses are going to be like, then I’m all for it.
I love Australian designers but when did it become ok to charge $2400 for a dress?!!
"Being the brave soul that I am, I figured I had nothing to lose."
Doing some vicarious living while we wait for spring.
Including one inspired by the late David Bowie.
"Milliner, not millionaire, sorry."
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What to Wear to the Races
There’s fashion, and then there’s racing fashion. Australia is one of the few countries in the world that have a very strong tradition of horse racing. Just as the sport itself is in a league of its own (some would go so far as to call it “almost a religion”), so is race wear a different animal altogether.
Figuring out what to wear to the races takes a special kind of care, and a higher sensitivity for detail. Race day dresses have that certain look: it’s chic and elegant, never too tight or skimpy, and always with a special emphasis on being ladylike. At the races dresses can’t be too short. Millinery is a must. Comfortable (but still chic!) shoes are indispensable.
Australian racing fashion has a flavour all its own, neatly summed up by well-loved milliner Kim Fletcher: “In Australia we have big blue skies and so tend to wear bold colours and the further north you go, the brighter the colours.”
Which isn’t to say that understated elegance doesn’t have its place. Just as the country is well-known for its laid-back but fun and vibrant culture, Australians are also known to warmly embrace diversity of every kind.
You should also check out our beauty guide — we’ve got all the best makeup looks and hairstyles you need after you decide what to wear to the races.
Spring Racing Carnival 2016
This year’s racing season promises to be the best yet. Races horses are eager to make their mark, as are their breeders and owners. The stakes are even higher for the women — more and more females are saddling up, eager to prove themselves like Michelle Payne did last year when she won Melbourne Cup 2015.
To get the best out of the season, do more than your usual figuring out what to wear to the races: soak in the horse racing culture, find out which horses are racing, and why it matters. You might even find yourself buying a race horse for Spring Racing Carnival 2016.
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