With spring now in full swing and Queensland ladies busy planning their Spring Racing Carnival outfits, we thought it was a great moment to share a few trends and fashion choices that you should be looking to in 2020. There are a few occasions, presently where finding the right dress is paramount – there is no better excuse to get dressed up than this.


The day you get to express your style in an outfit and bring out the most feminine fashion trackside, it is all about feeling ladylike and looking your best. This year we are set to see the resurgence of styles from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s.  Delicate florals, pleats and puff-sleeves are the most desirable assets to look for when shopping for an outfit. Pleats create such beautiful movement, texture and dimension to an outfit and a fabric belt is a great way to add attention to your waistline.  If florals are not your thing, prints will once again be popular this spring, with stripes, polka dots and bigger blooms stealing the scene. All these options have a lovely air of luxe about them! Should larger hats or fascinators not be your thing, look for a blocked and padded headbands and consider adding a complimentary headscarf to your hair style for a fun, flirty touch.

Wearing: Textured Spot Midi Dress $299, Veronica Maine.  Padded Sky Blue Headband $34.95, Pastel Colour Block Scarf $55, Pigeonhole.


Derby Day is a black and white institution, and everyone knows to not defy the strict theme on the classiest day of the Spring Racing Carnival.  There is always a lack of florals on Derby Day, apart from being a great accessory on your favoured millinery option don’t dare to go against tradition by turning up in full colour.  Berets are such a cute little hat option when looking to add a fashion forward punch; they would suit an outfit that you are trying to keep refined and chic.  Heels are always a fun way to spice up your outfit when sticking to a two-tone colour palette.  The two favourite choices this season are slingback heels and pointed baby doll styles that odd to the non-traditional mix.

Wearing: Cotton Check Bustier $185, Sand Check Wide Leg Pant $265, CUE.  White Cat Eye Framed Sunglasses $69, Cream Textured Beret $34, Pigeonhole.


This spring is all about taking some risks with fashion on the biggest race day of the year.  There is always a vast colour explosion on Melbourne Cup day, following the simplistic monochromatic tradition of Derby Day.  The goal is to style in plenty of prints, florals and bright block colours.  Fashionistas you get to follow the trends or throw caution to the wind and do it your way.  Shorter hemlines tend to creep into the fashion pool on this day.  The trick to wearing a mid-length hemline is to create volume in the outfit so that the short length is balanced out.

Wearing: Blessed Playsuit $159.95, Jupiter Earrings $34.95, Riverina Belt $29.95, Park Ave Bag $59.95, Sheike.  Knotted Headband $34.95, PigeonholeTim wears: Wyatt Twill Suit $698, McMahon Hibiscus Printed Shirt $129,95, Polka Dot Pocket Square $39.95, Elgar Stripe Lapel Pin $39.95, M.J. Bale.  Alberto Brown Leather Loafer $299, Aquila.

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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.