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AHEAD OF THE RACES: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE

The Spring Racing season is officially here and if you have been to carnival races previously you undoubtedly know that dressing to attend is nowhere near as easy as it appears.

There are a few occasions in a contemporary ladies’ lives where finding the right outfit is paramount; one of them is Spring Racing Carnival. Many start putting spring racing outfits together when the first buds of spring start to bloom, my advice, wait for the complete spring collections to be in store before you assemble your look, because choices, we love choices.

Things to consider: the dress or a pant suit, to lace or not to lace, fascinator or hat and to brave a stiletto or play it safe in a block heel and don’t forget the theme! The themes are established protocols that lay the fashion foundation for you. Use these themes to show your individuality whilst filling your social calendar with the best looks highlighting enviable elegance. Caulfield Cup requires pastel shades and textural elements, Derby Day is strictly monochrome, Melbourne Cup brings an opportunity to excite with bright colour and vibrant prints, Oaks Day is suited to feminine and flirty silhouettes and lastly Stakes Day is all about comfort and family friendly options.

What’s trending you ask: Classic styles and cuts but with embellishments such as ribbon ties, ruffles and texture will be prominent. Keep your colour palette contemporary with lemon yellow, clementine orange, lavender, a bright version of blush pink and of course black and white are forever a staple in a racegoers wardrobes. If you are doing monochrome, bold accessories will transform a colourless outfit. New season florals have taken on a tropical print trend so pair with metallic headbands to shy away from clashing prints. In the way of headwear, customised straw boaters are having a moment along with baker boy caps and lace details covering the face.

Where to look for inspiration: peek into seasoned racegoers ensembles, their street style snaps will offer some research into deciding what you loved, what you didn’t and what you think will work for you.

Always remember: keep your hemline below the knee and choose a silhouette with a sleek and simplistic line. Most race day fashion is all about that sartorial moment and you achieve this by paying attention to detail, your accessories will add individuality and remember when in doubt go back to classics.

See you trackside this season.

Feature image: Hannah Skirt and Vintage Rose Blouse from Sheike with Martina McGrath Turban. Aria Jacket and Aria Pant from Shieke with Meg Rafter Halo.

Christie Sutherland has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities. Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines. Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for Treasury Brisbane through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few. Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.

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