Spring Racing 2015 – Hold Onto Your Hats says Jo Bayley

phillip-treacy-black-and-white-hatWho can believe it’s that time again, and the Spring Racing Carnival has just started here in Australia.

I know it’s only early October, but a girl needs to get organized for the trifecta of race meets.

Derby Day, Oaks Day and the big one, Melbourne Cup Day, all held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, will be upon us in less than a months time.

So I thought it was time to pull together some key looks for the most fashionable days.

There are rules for the races, and I for one quite like to keep a little tradition in our world.

Then we have The Cup, where anything goes.

So where to start and what to wear?

Well, I decided to shop three stores for Oaks and Derby day.


Karen Millen, Cue and Country Road.

All are at a great price point for the quality, and are quite timeless in their design.

These are frocks that you could wear again and again, without the mere whiff of racing turf!

First up Karen Millen.

I just fell in love with this striking black and white striped number.

It had an architectural feel, and the back detail is fabulous.

For Derby Day it’s an excellent choice.

In my “budget is no issue” world, I teamed it with Miu Miu black patent kitten heels with a large bow.

Then you could go for either the Viktoria Novak “Spot Me” one off leather headpiece or marvellous milliner Phillip Treacy’s black and white striped straw hat.

I liked paring the stripes with spots, it’s fun, youthful and a little cheeky, whereas the stripes keep it more conservative.

karen-millen-yellow-and-white-stripe-dressFor Oaks Day I adored the ’60’s vibe of the belted yellow and white stripes dress.

Add Viktoria Novak’ “Bananarama” head piece and the same Miu Miu heels, and the sweet “daisy” earrings in yellow and white.

So cute and fresh!

Or Nerida Winter’s “Valkeryi” scarlet straw hat for a pop of pink.

Add pink pumps and your on a winner at the track.

Cue has a gorgeous embroidered lace shift in black and white.

Again, a very ’60’s feel.

spot_me_1Pull out those Miu Miu’s again and try Novak’s “I See You” playful black lace ears or if that’s a bit too OTT go to Treacy’s stunning black and white number.


Floral-Print-Sateen-Flare-Dress-CueFor Oaks, try their floral print sateen flower dress.

In white, teal and rust you can accessorise with any of those colours.

Again Miu Miu, but this time the big buckle kitten heel and the “little bag” in sky blue/baltic blue.

Try either a white floral headpiece or hat so the look doesn’t get too heavy.

country-road-derby-day-dressNow Country Road. I found a divine full circle tuck dress in black and white.

Once again whip out those kitten heels in black and try either floral headpiece or for something different, add a straw boater.

Very Diane Kruger.

The gathered waist dress in saffron would be a great addition to any wardrobe, and easily dressed up for race day.

The Nerida Winter “phoenix” spiky feather head band would be an excellent choice with this grecian inspired frock.

As you can see, I rather love lady like style for the races.

nerida-winter-straw-boaterIt’s a long day on your feet, so best think of comfort and style.

miu-miu-big-buckle-kitten-heelSky high heels will have you wincing with pain by the 3rd race of the day.

Choose shoes wisely and make sure you break them in beforehand.

Same with hair.

Make sure the style suits the head piece and if there is even a puff of wind, an up-do is the perfect choice.

Sleek and classy is the name of the game, just like that winner that you will back!

Next week join me as I share my sartorial choices for the race that stops a nation, The Melbourne Cup.

Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015

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