Winter has well and truly passed and what better way to celebrate than with bold colours, feminine silhouettes and statement headpieces. It’s time to start planning your outfits as Spring Racing season is in full swing.

Spring Racing features the most major fashion trends of the season and sets the tone for the warmer months, so it’s important to get it right. Following the dress codes and respecting traditions may seem like an inevitable task but fear no more! I will take you through the top 5 racing events of the season, what to wear when attending the racers and appropriate accessories to style your outfit.

The Caulfield Cup officially kicks off the season and it’s all about keeping it simple. With no dress code in place stick to an understated look with simple silhouettes and classic styling. Floral prints, block colours, high necklines and A- line silhouettes are key. Be sure to keep your outfit feminine by adding a ribbon scarf to the ponytail or a simple headband.

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Moving onto Derby Day, which is infamous for it’s strict black and white theme. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box by mixing monochromatic separates for a more edgy look or go for a black and white print. It’s about eye-catching sleeves, delicate lace and geometric prints. However, if this is too daunting for you stick to a plain black dress but with a textured fabric for a touch of interest. Opt for clean- cut tailoring and keep it elegant but accessorising with gold, rose gold and silver jewellery.

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Melbourne Cup is the spring racing event of the season that stops the nation. Therefore, your outfit should be a showstopper also. There is no dress code for this event but it’s best to make a bold statement by introducing fun and colour into dresses and accessories. This season think red, bright pink, bright blue and floral patterns when choosing your dress and don’t be afraid to mix colours combinations. Oversized headwear, statement sunglasses and a lux looking handbag will make you feel like you’ve won on the track (even if you haven’t).

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Oaks Day, also known as Ladies Day brings out the feminine side in all of us. Leave the bright colours for Melbourne Cup and opt for a soft pastel colour palette. It’s all about intricate embroidery, florals and lace detailing with sheer fabrics and silks. Style with a flower crown or fascinator for your headpiece to complete the look.

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Closing the Spring Racing Season is Stakes Day. The high fashion events are over and we finish with a more relaxed race day that the whole family can enjoy. It is still a fashion event so raise the stakes and dress to impress with class and sophistication. Enjoy shorter hemlines and loose fitting flowy dresses as well as off the shoulder neck lines and ruffle hem details.

Accessorise with a straw hat or fedora and beautifully understated accessories, nude heels and simple clutch.

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Happy racing!

Shannon Doyle

Shannon Doyle  

With over six years in the fashion industry, Shannon has quickly become one of Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s most in-demand stylists. Working alongside Kimberly Gardner for the last four years, for Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, The Ekka Natural Fibres Fashions Parade, Destination Gold Coast and various industry experts, Shannon has seen her career skyrocket, but still stays true to her passion - helping clients express themselves through their style. No stranger to bold and funky looks, Shannon can show you how to dress for your body shape, explain your complimentary colours and inspire you to try something new // www.instagram.com/shannondoyleee