Your ultimate guide to dressing up for Spring Racing Carnival

Femme frocks and fancy fascinators – a day at the races is on every stylish woman’s calendar. This is your comprehensive guide to what to wear this Spring Racing Carnival, along with trackside tips and tricks.

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Achieve IT-girl status this spring racing season by taking your outfit to new lengths.

Go from head-to-toe floral to blushing dusky tones, experiment with shoulders and stylish sleeves, or fast-track through all this season’s trends and shoot straight for powerful prints. Yes, we approve!

Editors’ top 4 looks for Spring Racing fashion:

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Race day etiquette

Make your Spring Racing Carnival the best yet with these pointers:

The weather

Keep an eye on the weather report – you don’t want to get stuck in the mud, literally! Consider a light jacket or a silk scarf to wrap around your shoulders.


The fascinator

Hold your head high! Traditionally women wear the fascinator to the right of the head but in recent years this tradition has been relaxed.

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The shoes

Fall head-over-heels in love with thick heels and wedges. There’s nothing ladylike about sinking into the grass.

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The makeup

Remember that race day is a daytime affair, so keep your makeup clean and fresh. A brightly coloured lipstick has our tick of approval.


The finer details

Complete your look with killer accessories. Choose a clutch with a strap so you can be hands-free for drinks and the form guide. Jewellery is always a plus.

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The style

Spring races are daytime affairs and the style is similar to that of a wedding or cocktail party. Don’t go overboard showing too much skin.

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Dress-code details for Members’ Reserve ticket holders*:

What not to wear if you have a ticket for the Members’ reserve areas.

  • It’s a strict no-midriff policy in Members reserve areas.
  • Adhere to a daytime dress code: this means avoiding sequins and short skirts or shorts.
  • Stilettos will be your worst nightmare, believe me. A thick heel or wedges will be your saviour come 5pm.
  • Sneakers. (Did we even have to say it?) Or anything that resembles fitness attire full stop.
  • Torn or ripped clothing – but we trust you knew that one on your own!

*We recommend following these guidelines in general.

Top 4 trends for this Spring Racing Carnival:

1. Stripes and prints

To absolutely nobody’s surprise, striking stripes and out-there prints are making their way back to the carnival. For a truly bold look, mix and match patterns or colours to really stun.

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2. Statement sleeves

From bardot necklines to bell sleeves, this spring is all about boldness for your arms and décolletage. Pair your sleeves with sleek hair and a subtle headband fascinator for maximum impact.

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3. Blushing rose

Not only are we seeing rose gold everywhere, it seems like we’re all flirting with floaty, dusky blush tones. Embrace your inner romantic by choosing whimsical pieces that match the palette.

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4. Head-to-toe floral

We know – florals for spring, groundbreaking. But trust us, this look is everywhere. Flower crown fascinators with a flirty floral print will make a major statement come race day.

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