Dressing for the Spring and Summer Racing Carnival

A comprehensive guide on what to wear this Spring and Summer Racing Carnival.

Feminine frocks and fancy fascinators are all the rage this racing season. Achieve IT-girl status by taking your outfit to new lengths.

Race Day Etiquette

Make sure your Spring or Summer Racing Carnival outfit is on point by considering these factors:

The Weather

Keep an eye on the weather report – looking fantastic is only works when you are dressed for the climate. Consider a light jacket or a silk scarf to wrap around your shoulders.

The Fascinator

Hold your head high! Traditionally women wear the fascinator to the right of the head but in recent years this tradition has been relaxed. Race days provide the perfect opportunity to dress up and a gorgeous fascinator can complete an outfit and add some flair.

The Shoes

Fall head-over-heels in love with thick heels and wedges. Keep in mind if you wear stilettos, sinking into the grass will be a major part of your day.

The Makeup

Remember that race-day is a daytime affair, keep your makeup clean and fresh. A bright coloured lipstick is a great way to add some drama, without over doing it.

The Finer Details

Complete your look with killer accessories. Choose a clutch with a strap so you can be hands-free for drinks and the form guide. Jewellery is always a plus when kept in balance with the entire outfit, in other words, pair simple jewellery with a complex fascinator and vice versa.

The Style

The spring and summer races are all daytime affairs and the style is similar to that of a wedding or cocktail party. Don’t go overboard showing too much skin.

Dress-code details for Members’ Lounge and ticket holders:

  • It’s a strict no-midriff policy in Member’s areas.
  • Adhere to a daytime dress code: this means avoiding sequins and short skirts or shorts.
  • Stilettos will be your worst nightmare, believe me. A thick heel or wedges will be your saviour come 5pm.
  • Sneakers. (Did we even have to say it?) Or anything that resembles fitness attire full stop.
  • Torn or ripped clothing – but we trust you knew that one on your own!

Top Trends for this Spring and Summer Racing Carnival:

Pant Suits

Coloured pant suits are one of the biggest trends for spring. Opt for a soft pastel variety if you’re planning on sporting one of these outfits at the Spring or Summer Racing Carnival this year.

Statement Sleeves

From Bardot necklines to bell sleeves, this spring is all boldness with your arms and décolletage. Pair your sleeves with sleek hair and a subtle headband fascinator for maximum impact.

Pink, Blush and Rose

Pink is certainly the trending colour this year. All major Australian designers have released spring collections showing this colour en masse. Follow suit and start blushing head to toe.

Head-To-Toe Floral

We know – florals for spring, groundbreaking. But trust us, this look is everywhere. Flower crown fascinators with a flirty, floral print will make a major statement come race-day.