Hot-to-trot fashion trends for Melbourne Cup
THE spring racing season is upon us and this year's fashion stakes are high.
With only a few days until the race that stops the nation, it is important that women have their racing outfit sorted.
The races are one of the few occasions women have to dress top to tail.
Grand Central stylist Carolyn Taylor-Smith said this year's fashion was all about embracing ladylike clothing and accessories.
"As always race wear constitutes a real trend towards ladylike glamour," she said.
"The thing about fashion at the moment is it is all encompassing.
"We are seeing beautiful elements that are really summing up the very best of what we have seen in fashion over the past few decades.
"At the moment there is an ode to vintage. What we are seeing is a slightly eclectic mix of contemporary with inspiration from the 60s."
The 1960s trend encompasses floaty feminine fabrics, elegant laced gloves, cute collars, wide brimmed hats and longer loose silhouettes.
According to Ms Taylor-Smith, there is no specific colour that is trendy this season.
Women can wear monochrome, patterns, floral or bright colours.
"All different colours and patterns are on trend at the moment," she said.
"That's what makes spring fashion so great."
The rivalry will be just as fierce off the track as fashionistas battle it out at fashions-on-the-field competitions.
Ms Taylor-Smith said fashion was always evolving but with fashions on the field the winner always had an essence of glamour, elegance and femininity.
"What I see winning fashions on the field is a very vintage outfit and someone who truly has the complete look," she said.
"Race days are one of the only opportunities where women can go all out and that is what the judges will be looking for."
There are so many options when it comes to finding a headpiece.
You can wear a petite fascinator, jewelled or feathered headwear or a hat.
All options are suitable for the races but Ms Taylor-Smith said anyone looking to win fashions on the field would have a statement headpiece.
"Although you will see a lot of women wearing jewelled and feathered headpieces the judges will be looking for something that makes an impact on first impression," she said.
"That's not to say something understated wouldn't win if the outfit was fantastic.
"Fashions on the field has come to the point where it is about statement so if you are thinking of entering make sure your headpiece has the wow factor.
"For me, race days allow women to express themselves with what they wear.
"It's an opportunity to look and feel sensational."
NAIL YOUR SPRING RACING OUTFIT
- Be trendy or uniquely classic
- Make sure you feel good in what you wear
- Buy your dress first and then buy accessories and headwear
- Have a statement headpiece
- Flowers and feathers are chic all year round
- Don't forget the finishing touches such as accessories
- The shorter the skirt, the lower the heel