Fashion liberation is spreading like wildfire – rules are being broken left right and centre, what’s old is new, what was once sartorial suicide is now the epitome of cool. But in the era of free fashion, the racing calendar is a paucity of particular do’s and don’ts. Racing fashion rules are made to be followed (to a point, let’s not go crazy). So, here are your do’s and don’ts for spring racing, a few of our top shopping edits and the one rule that can be... bent.
1. Floral is always a good idea. It is spring racing, after all. Soft, feminine florals are especially perfect for Oaks Day.
2. With the exception of Derby Day, don't be afraid of colour.
3. Opt for beautiful tailoring or floating silhouettes - classic is always best when attending the races.
4. Think about your outfit as a whole and make sure all the different elements—headwear, accessories, shoes, hair, and make-up—work with each other. Don’t try and make a statement with all your pieces. Less is more!
5. Experiment with new trends in millinery and have a bit of fun. If you’ve kept your dress simple, this is a good way to show off your personality.
1. You MUST wear some kind of millinery. Avoid felt or wintery hats and keep it seasonal for spring with straw hats, floral headpieces, traditional millinery or even headbands.
2. Don’t wear anything too tight or too short. The races are about elegance, class and glamour, so embrace it.
3. Don’t wear denim of any kind, shorts and jumpsuits are also a no-go.
4. Don’t wear inappropriate footwear. It sounds simple but finding a comfortable heel that looks amazing is trickier than expected. (We recommend opting for a block heel).
5. Don’t get your race days mixed up. Each one has a specific dress code. Derby Day is monochromatic with clean lines, Melbourne Cup calls for bold colours and defined silhouettes, Oaks Day is for feminine pastels and subdued florals, and Stakes Day is the more casual of the race days, so opt for something less structured.
The Rule Breaker
Don’t underestimate the power of a good suit. The assumption is that racing means dresses but try a tailored suit, or a wide leg pant with matching top.