In just under 3 weeks, we’ll be pinning down fancy fascinators, squeezing into elasticated shapewear, lathering on the lippy and placing our bets; ready for ‘The Race That Stops The Nation’. Yep, it’s that time of year again ladies…when those Melbourne Cup Luncheons we RSVP’d to months ago, is finally here!


Some women live for this time of year – Spring Racing is their time to shine. They’ll have their Cup Day outfits well and truly sorted by now. Every piece already planned, coordinated and hanging ready for November 3rd. However, if you’re like me, and sometimes (ok, always) leave things to the last minute and usually on a whim, then don’t stress – because I’ve got your back!


Below I have provided you with NINE affordable (and last minute – gotta love overnight FREE shipping) real girl Cup options. And the best thing about these dresses? Simply take away the head gear, and you have a perfectly good outfit for an upcoming Spring wedding, Christmas Party, NYE function etc.


Pastel Pops:


SHOP THE LOOK: Left: North Sheath Dress by Seduce $189.95 (Kirsty is in a size 6) Right: Summerup Dress by Seduce $189.95 (Claire is in a Size 10)



Red, White & Black For The Win:


SHOP THE LOOK: Left: Sequin Pencil Dress by Dorothy Perkins (Kirsty in a Size 8) $79.95 Right: Aubrey Body-Con Dress by Atmos & Here $79.95 (Claire is in a Size 10)



Monochrome Magic:


SHOP THE LOOK: Left: Deborah Dress by Atmos&Here $89.95 (Claire in a Size 10) Right: Origins Maxi Dress by Elliatt (Kirsty is in Size XS) $139.95



Lace & Leaves:


SHOP THE LOOK: Left: Rozlynn Lace Overlay Dress by Atmos&Here $89.95 (Claire in a Size 10) Right:  Morning Bloom Strapless Dress by Atmos&Here $89.95 (Kirsty in a Size 6)



Soft Floral:


SHOP THE LOOK: Fall Into The Sky Dress by Cooper Street $159.95 (Claire is wearing the Size 10)


All head-pieces in these images were made by the talented Amy at Pink Lane Hats. She can custom make anything to match your outfit, and also has a huge array of already made, ready-to-ship pieces. Target also has a great range of very affordable last minute head-pieces and fascinators.


All clutches and bags in these images are from Louenhide in Brisbane. Shop them online HERE. Colette Hayman, Target and Myer always have great bag options, as do a lot of shoe shops (grab your bag and heels in the one spot!).


For more tips and ideas on dressing for Cup Day, check out this blog post, where stylist Kirsty Ashe shares her know-how of dressing for the Racing Season.


Have fun Ladies. Dress in what makes you feel fabulous and confident.


For more style tips and ideas, be sure to catch me at Westfield Helensvale for 2 days of Free Fashion Workshops – more info here.


Are you heading to a Melbourne Cup Luncheon this year? Have you got your outfit sorted?


(All images in this post were by the talented Bonnie from Live Your Imagination)


Claire Chadwick

Claire Chadwick  

Claire Chadwick is a Gold Coast mother, speaker, lifestyle blogger, freelance writer and published children’s author. She is a self-confessed-animal-print-addict, lipstick-obsessed, social-media-enthusiast and overall life-lover. Claire is the founder & editor of the popular women’s blog; www.mumscloset.com.au | Follow Claire’s Instagram @mumscloset_au for daily inspiration and fun! Claire is also one half of Two Mums Talking – who will be presenting Fashion Workshops at Westfield Helensvale on Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th Oct 2015. Book your FREE spot now.