I’ve recently discovered a facet of the Australian fashion industry that I’m becoming slightly obsessed with: Spring Racing. For my international readers, our Spring Racing Carnival is a series of Thoroughbred horse races held annually during October and November.
The most famous of these races are held in Melbourne and include the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Derby Day, Oaks Day, Stakes Day, and the Racing Carnival’s crown jewel The Melbourne Cup, otherwise known as “The Race That Stops A Nation”.
But what of the fashion? It’s an entire culture really, and the trick is to wear something eye-catching that still maintains the dignity and class associated with such a time honoured event. One of the biggest hallmarks of racing fashion is the headwear. Hats and fascinators in the most exotic designs and colours decorate the trackside stands. As time goes on, milliners are pushing forward some masterpieces, and it is now commonplace to see any sort of headpiece, from veils to crowns, turbans to boaters and flowers to headbands bedecking race-goer’s heads.
Top, C/meo Collective, Pants, AJE, Clutch, Mimco (similar here), Veil, Olga Berg, Earrings, Pandora and Pandora, Necklaces (short) Pandora with Pandora and Pandora Beads, and (long) Pandora with Pandora and Pandora Beads, Rings (left hand) Pandora and Pandora, (right hand) Pandora, Pandora and Pandora, Bracelets (left hand) Pandora, Pandora, Pandora, Pandora and Pandora x2 with Pandora, Pandora, Pandora, Pandora and Pandora charms, (right hand) Pandora, Pandora, Pandora x2, Pandora, Pandora with Pandora, Pandora and Pandora charms
Besides hats, the thing that really makes a racing outfit are the accessories. Gloves, clutches, belts and of course jewellery are all essential if you’re looking for an outfit that really stands out. I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Pandora to bring you two Spring Racing inspired outfits.
For this first one, I wanted to keep things classic and traditional. I’ve gone with all-white palazzo pants and an off-the-shoulder top, paired with a little veiled hair clip. I wanted to keep my outfit simple so that I could really use the jewellery as a focal point.
It’s hard to miss, isn’t it? I think I’m wearing as much silver as I can possibly fit on my body, as a nod to the stacking style that is trending everywhere you look.
One of the best exponents of this trend, and my favourite blogger of all time is Annabelle Fleur (isn’t that such a great name?) of Vivaluxury blog. She is so glamorous, put-together and effortlessly stylish- my number one girl crush. One of my favourite things about her outfits is the way she styles her jewellery. It’s definitely a more-is-more approach, and she’s frequently sporting what she terms an “arm party”.
So here is my first Spring Racing look, complete with stacked necklaces, rings and arm party. I hope you enjoy, and look it for my second Carnival Season post sometime next week.