It’s finally safe to say that spring is on its way, and every whiff of freshly cut grass carries us closer to the jewel in Melbourne’s floral crown: the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Bringing with it the promise of warmer weather, the Melbourne Cup Carnival never fails to disappoint as a preview for this summer’s trends, with ladies and gents turning up to strut their stuff after months of hibernation.
Flemington becomes a riot of colour, with headbands and hemlines competing against stilettos and suits for our attention.
Oh, and there are usually some horses running around with small humans on their backs.
But back to the frocks.
Get ready to perfect your new-season look at the races with our spring carnival style guide.
You’ll also have the chance to parade down the catwalk in your Sunday best at Australia’s most prestigious outdoor fashion event: Myer Fashions on the Field.
An undisputed institution of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the competition is an opportunity for the fashion industry to showcase its wares and for men and women alike to indulge in their passion for fashion.
Did we mention that budding fashionistas (i.e. you) will have the chance to share in over $400,000 worth of prizes?
If this sounds like something you could get down with, read on for some of our top tips to impress the judges, and don’t forget to register.
Show Off Your Style
Classic monochrome, fresh florals, pretty pastels, strong silhouettes... What’s your flavour? Find it and flaunt it. Embrace the opportunity to express your personality and onlookers will lap it up.
Your hair and nails are an extension of your outfit, so be sure to style them accordingly. Because this is a daytime event, it’s all about natural makeup. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with a bold lip. And for the sake of all that is holy, please go easy on the spray tan.
If The Hat Fits
A piece of marvellous millinery is a chance to complement your ensemble. Whether it’s a sculptural fascinator or a vintage veiled number, think of your headwear as the icing on your outfit cake.
This is an important one. You’re going to be on your feet all day (and if you’re anything like us, well into the night) so choose your shoes with care. We’re loving a block heel, which is totally on-trend with the added bonus of ensuring you’re not constantly sinking into the grass.
There’s no use squeezing yourself into a cropped two-piece if you’re going to spend the whole day awkwardly holding your handbag to hide a love-handle (real or imagined). If you feel good in what you’re wearing, your confidence will become your most important accessory.
There you have it—straight from the horse’s mouth. Our top tips to avoid any fashion faux pas at this year’s Melbourne spring racing carnival.
And don’t forget to register for Myer Fashions on the field here or risk missing out on winning some epic prizes!
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