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

Andy Murphy’s Spring Racing Fashion Tips

DJ, producer, Schweppes Flemington Fling Ambassador and style icon Andy Murphy shares his best Spring Racing fashion tips from hats to heels so you can look your best at the Races!

Keep a modest hemline
The Spring Racing Carnival is not the time to whip out a slinky mini-dress – save it for the after party. Simple and chic looks feature predominately on my best dressed list each season for the girls, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the fashion forward looks at the gate.  

Get it right with white
I love how effortlessly cool the head-to-toe white look is on the ladies this season. I do suggest however taking extra care when sipping on the carnival’s signature drink, the Schweppes Flemington Fling, and keep it cool in the Flemington Fling Bar in the Hill stand –  where I’ll be DJ’ing each race day –  to avoid unwanted grass-stains!

Have fun fascinating
The millenary on offer is amazing, so if you are going with a relatively plain dress, why not pair it with an interestingly structured headpiece in cobalt blue or an oversized flower in emerald.

Choose killer shoes that are kind to your feet
Heels trackside are great for creating polished elegant finish on your look, but be sure to pick a style and a height which you can comfortably wear for the duration of the day. Going barefoot on the track is a massive no-no and I will be mixing it up on the decks in the Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar… so you may want to bring your dancing shoes

Steer clear of matchy-matchy
There is such a thing as too much coordination. I know matching you’re bag and hat was the done thing when our grandparents were punters but the world has progressed now hasn’t it…mix it up!

Blame it on the weatherman but only if he’s wrong
Goosebumps are never a good look so if it’s cold, take a jacket. Likewise if you’re heading trackside in the heat, be sure to apply sunscreen and take a pair of sunglasses – red is a hot hue but not in terms of your complexion!

What are you wearing on Race Day this year?

The Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar will be open to the public from 9:30am until 30 minutes after last race on AAMI Victoria Derby Day (Saturday, 2 November), Emirates Melbourne Cup (Tuesday, 5 November), Crown Oaks Day (Thursday, 7 November) and Emirates Stakes Day (Saturday, 9 November).

Check out Andy’s Spring Racing style tips for guys!

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?

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