The Spring Racing Carnival is upon us once again, as is the perennial question asked by fashionistas all over Perth – what should I wear? There’s the dress and shoes to consider, while the millinery, handbag and jewellery needs special consideration to keep everything in sync. When it comes to trackside, modesty is fundamental, so dress hemlines should ideally be on or below the knee and underwear should be tucked away from view. Spring racing fashion is generally about style and sophistication, so select your jewellery accessories carefully. Simple, bespoke handmade jewellery pieces and tasteful, well-crafted headwear are key to an enduring, polished outfit.
This year, the fashion trend focus for Spring Carnival is classic elegance. Subtle pastels are set be the order of the day, so think sweet outfits in hues of baby pink, mint green and delicate lilac. A timeless pearl strand or two worn either as a necklace or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet will complete this 1950s-inspired look. Outfits of monochromatic white are also trending, as are floral headpieces fashioned out of silk, leather, or the real thing.
At the other end of the fashion spectrum, the 70s are rumoured to be making a comeback trackside this November. If quirk and edginess are more your style, then it’s time to get your fringe on with plenty of big rings set with colourful gemstones, and an armful or two of metallic sterling silver bracelets.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington racecourse brings with it a swag of events, all with their own unique dress code. Derby Day is the first of the four races that make up the season, and also the most iconic when it comes to fashion. When choosing an outfit, stick to elegant monochrome or black and white, such as a timeless LBD (little black dress). Your dress should be paired with subtle yet beautiful handmade jewellery, such as an elegant white gold ring, bespoke pearl choker or a set of diamond stud earrings. Boaters and veils will trump over fascinators this year.
Melbourne Cup is the race that quite literally stops a nation, and fashion tends to be more colourful and fun. It is tradition to wear a dash of canary yellow – think a sparkling golden tourmaline ring, or a pop of yellow flower worked into your dress. Headwear should be bold and make a statement.
Traditionally known as Ladies’ Day, Oaks Day marks the culmination of Fashion on the Field. Outfits tend to be soft and feminine, so think of flowing 70s-inspired floral dresses and softer textures. Flowers are the order of the day, which can be woven through long hair. Wrought sterling silver pieces from your favourite jewellers will tie in beautifully with this look.
Stakes Day completes the four days of the carnival, with the vibe being more family-focused. Fashion should be casual and low-key – think a straw boater and casual pantsuit teamed with a simple statement silver necklace.
This racing season, Koro in Perth has everything you need to complete your Spring Carnival outfit.