Fitted, belted, chic and sleek – it’s tailored to all and always on-point come race day.

The spring racing carnival is the perfect time to embrace all the new season has to offer, from loud florals and ruffles galore to deluxe embellishment and floor-swishing hemlines. And, for those who prefer their fashion served up old-school, power dressing returns, as the perfect no-fail style solution come race day. 

Sexy simplicity is the colour of the season and a good shoulder line always makes a fabulous focal point. At Claremont Quarter, designers like Manning Cartell and Carla Zampatti give power tailoring a feminine touch, in a wearable palette of crisp white-on-white, black and white, bright yellow and soft dove grey.

The return of the ultimate 80s jacket sees it shrink for a cute vibe and elongate for formal cool. Look for deluxe touches that make a power statement. Carla Zampatti gives her signature sharp tailoring soft edges with beautifully draped lapels and extravagant organza bows, whilst Manning Cartell gild their military-styled blazer with large gold buttons.

For curves, team with a nipped-in dress from Cue or sexy pencil skirt by Manning Cartell. Trousers are not off limits. We love Sass and Bide’s chic tailored culottes and this season’s jumpsuit. Country Road cuts a mean one. Timeless dressing is all about clean lines, so keep accessories structured and minimal. Pull everything in with an 80s inspired statement belt from Sass and Bide. We love their chunky black and shapely glossy gold versions.


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Dress Classic

Pictured above | Carla Zampatti, Manning Cartell (both styles), Sass & Bide, Carla Zampatti (both black styles), Manning Cartell, Scanlan Theodore

A classic look demands sexy high shoes. If you have delicate ankles, opt for a strap for extra support. Otherwise, opt for a low vamp that gives you that flattering long lean line. If you are tired of the traditional nude, the new season tan leather is a much fresher alternative. If you are going to be inside for the day, choose a needle-like heel. Your legs will look amazing. If you are stomping about the grass, than a stacked heel will prevent you sinking. Tony Bianco has a fantastic selection of both.


Pictured above | Manning Cartell, Hobbs, Tony Bianco, Wittner

Never colour-match your shoes and bag and avoid carrying a small clutch bag that screams cocktail party. A sharp structured over the shoulder handbag looks modern and sexy. Remember you will be hauling it about all day, so check that it is light as air when empty before filling it up. 

Bags Classic

Pictured above | David Jones, Manning Cartell, Saba

Top all off with a statement hat. This look calls for a more statement piece, so avoid the traditional fascinator. A big brimmed hat or a jaunty straw boater is its perfect partner (David Jones and Country Road both stock good versions). If you are wearing a low brim, go easy on the eye makeup and play up your lips instead. Minimal fuss-free clothing is the perfect backdrop for precious pieces. Add pearls or a touch of gold jewellery and ensure your hair is swept back in a classic chignon or a ponytail. It’s refreshing to lift everything off the face and neck.


Hats Classic

belts and jewellery

Pictured above (L-R, top-bottom) | David Jones, Carla Zampatti, Cue, Scanlan Theodore, Sass & Bide, Swarovski, Thomas Sabo

For him, a classic double-breasted looks exceptionally smart teamed with a crisp white Italian cotton shirt from MJ Bale, light-weight trousers and a smart derby shoe from Saba. Statement-making accessories add the edge.  Invest in a pair of smart rhodium cufflinks from MJ Bale, a pair of Persol tortoiseshell sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, and a chic hand woven panama hat from Parker & Co.

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Pictured above | MJ Bale (suit, cufflinks & pocket square), Parker & Co. (loafers & hat) Sunglass Hut (both Sunglasses) 

You’ll stop the horses in their tracks.