Winter Racing Fashions

There is a buzz surrounding this year’s outfits and millinery, and with some great inspiration witnessed from Randwick and Flemington winter races so far, and even the Royal Wedding, Coffs Cup 2018 is set to be the perfect event to showcase some of the latest winter racing fashion at its best. Some rules never change, though – race wear is all about elegance, modesty and sophistication and all dresses should fall below the knee. It’s best to save your party wear for another day…

The 2018 Trends

Autumn Colours

When it comes to picking an Autumn inspired hue you can’t go past the winter classics such as navy, tan or black. For more of an indulgent approach try rich colours such as: sapphire blue, ruby red, forest green, plum and burgundy or perhaps even a deep mustard or citrine. Monochrome also continues its strong hold.

Contrasting Fabrics

The brisk autumn weather can sometimes call for slightly thicker fabrics which provide protection from the cold, southerly wind and keep the body warm. We’re also seeing a blend of contrasting fabrics… think velvets, lightweight wools, satins, lace and even faux furs in the mix.

Leather fascinators, turbans or fedoras

2018 is all about leather… we’re seeing headpieces mix florals and leather together, along with the classic wool fedora or turbans made of velvets or silk. Metallic headbands are also good trans-seasonal pieces. Long patterned silk scarf wrapped around the base of your ponytail or a wide headband are both on-trend options if you’re not the traditional millinery type.

Don’t dress for Summer

It’s winter racing and your outfit should reflect that both in style, composition and colour. Choose something that’s typically longer in length, with a sleeve of some kind, even a jumpsuit, culottes or power suit.

Classic Footwear

Think modesty (or comfort) over height here; avoid strap heels and instead opt for a closed toe heel or elegantly fitted ankle boot. Another great option is a peep-toe shoe, as it offers you a nice balance between glamour and comfort. Patterned or opaque stockings are also a nice touch and add warmth.

Matte Lips & Natural Face

Jesinta Franklin in Vogue 2018 recommended a matte lipstick for Autumn races, because it’s light on the lips and stays on most of the day. Plus her tip is to keep your face natural– don’t cake the layers, keep it simple with a strong eye and lush matte lip. It’s a long day at the races and you need to consider this with your makeup. So once you apply your foundation, apply a powder to set it, or use a setting spray or fixante to set it in place for the day!

The Power Suit

A big trend this year is the power suit, done in a fem-fatale style. Lush fabric such as Thai silk or even silk/satin trims or a power jacket in monochrome, tweed patterns are hot for winter racing.

Show your personality

it’s always good to see some of your personality in an outfit. Whether its colours, style or your choice of head piece or jewellery, consider it in the overall outfit concept.


Keeping it simple is always are good idea when you have a showcase headpiece, however if you are opting for a more simplified piece than be brave and show your personality with a complimenting necklace or large earrings, but not both!

Park Beach Plaza Fashions on the Field