Fashion’s holy season has arrived and there is no shortage of outfits to admire as this years Spring Racing Carnival gets underway.

Setting the stage at the season launch yesterday with frocks for fashion lovers across the nation, Myer ambassador Rachael Finch officially opened the spring carnival in a light pink gown, adorned by flowers and a mesh fascinator to graze her face.

Favourites for trackside attire are planned months in advance, boasting on-trend styles and with a certain emphasis on accessorising and attention to detail.

I’ve put together a list of five important considerations to ensure you’re set for a day at the races:

  1. DO dress for the occasion – The Spring Racing Carnival is as much about the gowns as it is the racing. Dress accordingly to the prestige of the occasion in striking, elegant and on-trend outfits and you will feel at home. Traditional lace midi dresses, high-wasted skirts and floral prints or bursts of colour are always a safe bet.
  2. DON’T wear stilettos to a trackside event – The chunkier the heal the better! Be practical and wear shoes you can travel the day in, stilettos on grass and un-level ground are a recipe for disaster.
  3. DO give attention to your hair and/or headpiece – The crowning jewel to your outfit is what sits atop your head. Whether it be a simple metal headband, a beautifully millinered fascinator or a wide-brimmed hat, these staple accessories can make or break your outfit.
  4. DON’T be optimistic about the weather (especially in Melbourne!) – Spring weather can be unpredictable at best. Come prepared with a coat, shawl or small umbrella in case of emergencies.
  5. DO accessorise! – An average outfit can become a show stopper if the right accessories are added in the same way attention can be detracted from a stunning frock if no accessories are there to compliment it. Match or contrast with the colour of your outfit and note necklines and sleeves for the perfect finish.



Image: Rachael Finch @ Spring Carnival Launch

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