Strapped for cash but desperately need a new outfit for the Races? Rest assured, it is possible to find an outfit on a budget!

Read our helpful hints on how you can dress for the Cup, but still have enough money to place a bet!

Be honest with yourself – are you really going to wear that crazy fascinator again? The biggest mistake a new race goer can make is spending hundreds on a designer hat, when there’s so many affordable options available.

Buy something plain and dress it up with feathers, ribbon or other accessories.

Or if millenary isn’t your thing, turn to your shoes to spruce up your outfit. Remember, standing on your feet all day calls for an appropriate pair of shoes… which is also more likely to be a pair you can wear again.

Hunt for bargains
At this time of the year, and with the change of season, a lot of retailers are clearing stock, so don’t shy away from those sale racks. Getting your dress half price means you won’t feel so guilty about that new bag purchase!

Don’t forget to visit your favourite factory outlets, like Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne, where you can pick up a new frock, shoes and accessories for the price of just one full-price dress alone!

Jazz it up
There’s nothing wrong with reinventing an old classic.

Take out your favourite LBD or a block colour dress and hit the shops in search of some accessories. If you’re accessorising a monochromatic shade like black or white then don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour.

Chain store chic
Large retail stores are a great place to start when shopping for affordable race wear. They always cater to the spring racing season, which makes it easy to find an outfit to suits your personal style.

What’s your Spring Racing style?

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