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The Best Dresses for Spring Racing

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In the past few years we have seen a longer hemline dominate FOTF stages. The midi length is by far the most popular dress length. But, hemlines have been creeping up in the last year and when done right, an above the knee dress can be a real statement too.

Your top half should also be classy, so straps are thicker and feature sleeves are popular. No plunging necklines, so conceal your cleavage and save it for later!

When it comes to fabric, steer clear of anything clingy or disco-y. Heavier fabrics with a good fall and drape are favored.

Lace, brocade and jacquards are always a popular fabric choice. I do want to mention here, however, that if you are just attending the races for a fun-filled day with the girls without the stress of competing, your outfits can be slightly less conservative. There are still some strapless numbers, or skirts with a high split, or an open back floating around looking gorgeous.

Just keep to a modest length. Rebecca Judd left shows us how to do elegant and strapless at the races. The modest hemline counteracts the open shoulders and chest. Image credit: Myer Blog, photo by Lucas Dawson photography. The way it falls is a classic look and suits most body shapes. The skirt can have an abundance of fabric and layers, or a mullet style hem, or panels. It is fun to play around with this shape and every year there are new trends emerging within this style.

An elegant cut, the pencil dress is a popular silhouette for a race wear dress. The fabric is usually the star. Beautiful laces, bold prints and colour blocking are all features of the pencil dress. When starting out in racing fashion , the full skirt or the pencil skirt would be the best to try out as they are a classic cut, the shape suits most people and they are easily found in stores.

A fishtail skirt is a fun twist on a pencil dress. The fishtail can be ruffled or layered and be made in a contrasting fabric to the main skirt. It provides a feminine shape and adds interest to an otherwise plain silhouette.

Image credit: ontrackontrend left , sonliafashion right. Have fun with unusual designs around the neck. When it comes to fabrics, avoid anything thin or stretchy. Fabrics with a decent thickness, or weight, create a great shape and fall nicely in a skirt. There are no rules for prints! If you think it looks good, give it a go. Ladies like to wear bold, colourful prints to the races. Some people even print clash and wear a few together.

To learn about the latest trends, you can download my comprehensive Spring Racing Fashion Trends Report. You spend a lot of the day discussing outfits, your own and others.

You also have the chance to give and receive compliments and share ideas on DIY tips , brands and places to shop. So, while you may feel uncomfortable ducking into the petrol station before a race, you will feel totally normal as soon as you enter the race track and see everyone else dressed to the nines.

When looking for race dresses, online shopping is great because there are so many options at the click of a mouse. You can spend all day at a shopping centre walking into each and every shop, sorting through racks upon racks, getting really, really tired.

ASOS is one of the largest international online shopping sites. A huge bonus to their brand is the Free shipping and the newly introduced Free returns! For those who are too scared to purchase without first trying something on, you can return the item for a full refund and not have to cover any postage costs.

They also offer student discounts and are often on sale! The Iconic is an Australian based website that stocks Australian brands, as well as international. They have a wide variety of labels, styles and price ranges and I have had no trouble finding some beautiful dresses I would wear to the races.

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne they also offer three-hour delivery! Great for that last minute outfit you put together. Net-a-Porter is definitely the luxury online fashion shopping destination boasting hundreds of upmarket labels. They also offer a range of curated buy-now designer styles.

I like David Jones because if you live near one, you can do some online shopping, make a list of all the dresses you want to try on, then head to your local store to try them all on.

Otherwise you can shop online and pick it up from your local David Jones store. They also offer refunds in store and for online orders- but you have to cover return postage costs. Myer has the same benefits as David Jones, in terms of trying things on in store, and they also carry a good range. Also with Myer and David Jones, if you hold store cards you can get points too!

They offer full returns in store or you can post it back at your own cost for a refund. A 54 page, comprehensive guide to what's trending this race season. Plus, you'll receive exclusive weekly fashion tips to help you stand out at your next race event. Trying to get through a whole shopping centre in just a couple of hours means you have to be quick, so knowing in advance where you want to look and being able to do a quick lap in each store is a great skill to have.

First, I always head to the major department stores- Myer and David Jones, as their range is quite impressive. The good thing about department stores is that if you are unsure of an item, you can always purchase it just in case and return it later if it ends up being a mistake. Shopping for millinery to suit your race day dresses used to be a bit of a challenge. In I created Millinery Market , which is a one stop shop where you can view over 1, different hats from talented milliners and race enthusiasts across Australia, New Zealand, US, UK and Ireland.

You can also find a range of second hand hats for sale and hats for hire. The Millinery and Racewear for Sale Australia Facebook Group is the ultimate when it comes to finding second hand race wear. There are over 21, members!! With this group you can negotiate with sellers over prices and you can put your items up for sale or on threads where you think they might be bought.

You can buy second hand dresses at discounted prices and negotiate with the seller too. There is no rule saying top designer pieces will win you sashes in FOTF, although sometimes it does help. I purchased a beautiful Aurellio Costarella teal silk dress from Myer a few years ago. It was stunning, I loved the shape and colour, although it was way too short for Fashions on the Field.

First, I embellished the sleeves of the dress. Then wore a longer pencil skirt from Cue also on sale over the top of it and managed to place second at Melbourne Cup Day in Flemington!! I made a few alterations to the dress the night before I might add eep! Follow your favourite brands on social media or join their mailing list to find out when they are having upcoming sales. Often a brand will post on Instagram or Twitter about an upcoming sale or a one-day pop up sale.

Being in the know can save you lots. Being a good bargain shopper means keeping an eye out all year round and buying things on sale that you think you will want to wear later on that year. Generally, all stores have a big mid-year sale and, of course, the over-crowded and maddening, but somehow unmissable Boxing Day sale. As long as it is still unworn, with tags attached and you have your receipt, you can ask for a price adjustment and be refunded the extra money or have it put onto a gift card for future purchases.

I go to op-shops for a quick look every now and again, hunting for hidden treasures. Hopefully this race dress shopping guide has given you some ideas for finding a race dress. Find out what styles, shapes and colours are trending this year. Enter your name and email to get the trends report. Do the style challenge and practice racing fashion in your everyday life.

Learn how to turn an outfit idea into a competition winning design. Enter your name and email to get this 12 step guide. Plus, you'll receive exclusive fashion tips to help you stand out at your next race event. Enter your name and email and I'll send it to you. Previous Next. Image credit: thelittlegeorge left. Related Posts. March 12th, 0 Comments. May 2nd, 0 Comments. March 28th, 0 Comments. August 23rd, 0 Comments. July 5th, 0 Comments. Pin It on Pinterest.

Race Day Dresses

In the past few years we have seen a longer hemline dominate FOTF stages. The midi length is by far the most popular dress length. But, hemlines have been creeping up in the last year and when done right, an above the knee dress can be a real statement too.

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Keep reading for more tips on what to wear to the races. The Melbourne Cup is all about dazzle, colour, glamour and statement pieces. Derby Day requires you to dress in sophisticated monochrome — black and white only. Oaks Day celebrates the feminine with a trend towards florals and springtime looks.

What to wear for the races 2019

When it comes to occasion dressing , knowing what to wear to the races is perhaps the most challenging. Thanks to the strict dress codes and age-old formal traditions, it can be easy to not feel like yourself and end up buying something you would never ever wear again. Because really how practical is a fascinator that looks like a tropical bird? And, for that matter, how much do you even want to own one? Races such as Goodwood are the chance to dress up and wear something you wouldn't usually, but there are some key things you need to bear in mind so you aren't that barefoot racegoer hobbling in the rain with a hat in your hand. The golden rule of dressing for the races is to try avoiding high heels altogether because you will be on your feet all day. Make like Doina at Royal Ascot earlier this year and wear a pair of wedge espadrilles. Sara Brown Design. It can be tempting to stay very traditional at the races, however, Sara , a designer at ASOS, wore head-to-toe rainbow prints, showing us it pays to just have fun with your styling.

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Spring racing dresses are exciting, feminine and flirty: think fun hemlines, floral patterns and playful frills.

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