Fashions on the Field: Spring Racing Trends

Fashions on the Field: Spring Racing Trends

English model Jean Shrimpton dramatically changed the rules for Fashions on the Field when she wore a mini white shift dress without gloves and stockings to the Melbourne Cup in 1965. Since then, fashion has been as big a part of the Spring Racing Carnival as the races themselves. With the Spring Racing Carnival almost upon us, we round up some of the key trends to sport trackside this year.

 Monochrome Magic 

Channel the understated cool of Princess Diana’s Bruce Oldfield monochrome outfit at the Cup in 1985 with your own take on the black and white trend. This Derby Day elevates a crisp white or classic little black dress with statement jewellery, like a chunky geometric necklace or drop, hoop or tassel earrings.

Raelyn Acryllic Drop Black - $19.99 Debra Geometric Midi Necklace Black - $29.99 Jacinta Acryllic Hoop Black - $14.99

 Pretty as a picture 

Capture the mood of spring with delicate frocks in soft shades of pink and lilac. Take inspiration from the petite florals and pale pinks featured in Chloe’s spring-summer ready-to-wear 2020 collection or the modern romance of Tory Burch’s spring 2020 offering. Finish your Ladies’ Day race look with pretty accessories, whether a simple diamante clip or bow, rose-gold jewellery or an elegant clutch.

Patricia Floral Stud White - $29.99 Giselle Envelope Clutch Rose Gold - $39.99 Paula Stud Earring Crystal Rose Gold - $14.99


 Brash is back

Subtle not your style? Make like Rihanna and shine bright like a diamond in opulent spring racing attire. This look marries the metallic, gilded colours and fabrics of the seventies with the exaggerated silhouettes of the eighties. Balenciaga’s SS20 ready-to-wear collection captured the look perfectly with power shoulders, oversized outwear, alongside show-stopping shimmery, sequined numbers. Finish or reference the look with metallic clutches and mini bags and chunky earrings.

Naomi Mesh Clutch Metallic Gold - $59.99 Danita Sculptural Drop Gold - $16.99 Margaret Evening Clutch Metallic Gold - $69.99



Statement colour

Colour is unapologetically bold this season. The go-to colours are strong reds – like the striking Johanna Ortiz red dress worn by Sienna Miller to Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney’s wedding in October – and blue, as seen in the spring-summer collections of Dolce & Gabbana and Max Mara. Dress in layered shades of your chosen hue or if statement dressing isn’t your thing, work the trend in with low-key race hair accessories, like scarfs or bands and cross-body bags, bangles and earrings.