Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

This weeks’ Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick attracted a fun and fashion-forward crowd. Playing host to the NSW State Final of Myer Fashions on the Field, punters were dressed to impress in lots of bold hues and modern, body-con silhouettes.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

(Dresses pictured above by Mackenzie Mode)

Vogue’s Edwina McCann confirmed from the judging panel that this season, racing is “all about colour!”

Having fun with the trend, Zanita Whittington of Fashion Bloggers (left) wore multi-coloured floral ears by Nerida Winter.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Fashion Bloggers co-star Sara Donaldson (right) of harperandharley.com who wore a delicate lace fascinator with her Dion Lee dress offered another style tip, “Pick a hemline that is to the knee or just below. This will give you elegance – something that sadly is missing from race days in recent times,” she said.

The Winners of the Fashions on the Field final had all noticeably taken this on board, mixing up conservative lengths with fresh colour blocking and geometric detailing.

The well deserved winners who will share in a prize pool worth $100,000 are:

Myer Fashions on the Field winner Shavnna Dennett

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

First Runner Up Melissa Hann (pictured here with her Designer Johnny Schembri of By Johnny).

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Second Runner Up Djanna Malnersic

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

And Millinery Award Winner Sally Morris.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

I can’t wait to check out the competition when the National Best Dressed Winner is announced on Oaks Day!

With a background in publishing, Allison Voight has written for numerous local and international fashion magazines. She also has her own style blog, StylistaSister. She is Creative Director at Voight Photography and Design, which she co-owns with her photographer husband. Their work has appeared in publications including Vogue Australia, Cielo, Elle, En Vie and Fashion TV. Catch her on Instagram at @stylistasister

Race Day Hair Tips

Hat? Fascinator? Wearing your hair up? Or should you wear your hair down? Deanna Parker Attwood, creative director of Wieselmann and Schwarzkopf Professional Creative Ambassador has quick and easy hair styling tips to ensure your focus is on the Races, and not on a dishevelled ‘do!

Best Race day hairstyles

If you hate hats and hairpieces, you need to make sure your hair is the stand out so that you’re not frowned upon for snubbing traditional headwear.

Glamorous curls tumbling to one side always do the trick for a dressy affair. Make sure your hair stays under control all day with Osis Twin Curl, and Silhouette Super Hold hairspray.

Statement hair is also a great way to make the need for a hat redundant. An expertly crafted braid around your hairline, or a series of tightly woven braids will make your hair the crowning glory.

How to style your hair around a fascinator 

Styles should be simple and classic, such as a low ponytail or a chignon.

Hair should be immaculate and shiny. Opt for a shine maximiser like Oil Miracle Divine Polish that not only gives shimmer, but also keeps flyaways in place.

Always part your hair on the opposite side to the side on which you’ll be wearing your fascinator.

How to avoid hat hair

If you do opt for a big hat, you still need to make sure your hair is under control underneath it.

Tumbling curls look fabulous falling from beneath a great hat, so make sure they look beautiful all day by using a product such as OSiS Curl Me Soft which gives great soft wave and curl control without overburdening.

Smooth your crown with Osis Magic prior to settling your hat, and should you choose to remove it later, you’ll be flyaway-free!

A low, slightly undone bun is also a great option to wear beneath a hat, and it will still look glamorous should you choose to remove your headwear later. Hold your style in place with Osis Elastic for hold without the crunch.

Keep a gloss spray or serum such as Oil Miracle Divine Polish in your handbag for a quick touch-up if needed.

What’s your favourite Races hairstyle?