Tips to choosing racewear that you’ll wear again

The fashion calendar has been set to Spring Racing and it can only mean one thing: time to dress up. Heading to the races is a great excuse to buy a new frock, but let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than buying an outfit you’ll only wear once. To make sure you show off your runway-worthy attire all summer long, we give you here 5 tips to take your ensemble anywhere from the Spring Carnival to a friend’s wedding to a garden party.

1. Pick a canvas
And by canvas, we mean silhouettes with sleek, simplistic lines that you can easily transition from one occasion to another. For instance, a structured dress in striking red is a bold and vibrant choice for the Races, but also for beyond. Complete your Melbourne Cup look with a sophisticated headpiece and a metallic clutch to radiate elegance and make heads turn. For a slightly more laid-back outfit perfect for a warm summer day, simply leave the bling aside and swap the heels for strappy sandals or white sneakers. Voila! Off-duty made easy.

2. Stick to the classics
Another way to ensure you’ll be wearing your race day attire more than once is to go back to basics. A classic white shirt is not only a fail-safe option for a dapper look, it also goes well with any suit and tie, which means you can effortlessly take it from the trackside to your office to your weekend outing. Plus, if you’re attending Derby Day, a crisp white shirt becomes a matter of necessity. Just make sure it is made of breathable and fine quality cotton so that you stay cool and fresh when the temperature rises and the day turns to night.

3. Choose the right print
Prints are always in style and a big trend for the Spring Carnival. While it might be tempting to go for an extravagant print or a larger-than-life pattern, choosing a slightly more subtle motif will ensure you reach for your outfit even when Racing season is over. To create a flawless outfit for Stakes Day that appears dressed up yet relaxed, pretty florals and modern motifs in light flowing fabrics is definitely the way to go. Style the same dress with sneakers and you’re ready for a weekend shopping day.

4. Think long term
Don’t fall into the Races trend trap and think lasting designs in timeless colours to make a chic statement instead. If you’re looking for a traditional suit jacket, opt for an expertly tailored design in a high quality material such as cotton, wool and linen. Also make sure it’s modern, in a slim-fit cut with a single breasted, two-button closure. In terms of colour, you can’t go wrong with navy – it’s sharp, elegant and the king of versatility. To bring your suit to life for the Carnival, accessories are key. Pocket square, belt, tie, cufflinks, hat, sunglasses – the options are endless.

5. Play with texture
Incorporating textures is another great way to add interest to your outfit without going overboard. Think ruffles, lace, sheer, whimsical fabrics and intricate detailing to embrace modern simplicity. Teamed with statement heels and a stylish millinery headwear, a white broderie anglaise dress is the ultimate feminine outfit for Oaks Day, also known as Ladies Day. For a more carefree, breezy summer look, simply wear the dress with leather flats and a cross-body bag.

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