Fashion gets loved-up for spring in a fantasy world of frothy, frilly maxi-frocks that deliver unashamed girliness and a fresh take on race day glamour.
The return of the madly glamorous maxi-dress is de-pomped in a myriad of colours, prints, patterns and hemlines. It’s a look that excites our romantic streaks and a fresh take on trackside chic. This season, think soft ruffles, lashings of lace, layered tulle, sweet florals and whimsical prints. Browse Claremont Quarter for versions in the softest ice-cream shades of lemon, sunset pink, dove grey and fashion’s new favourite, lilac.
Pictured above | Saba, Morrison, Manning Cartell and alice McCALL
Be fanciful and as pretty-as-cake (those ruffles at Alice McCall!), rock deluxe bohemian in vintage-like prints (we love Zimmermann) or make it modern in neck-to-floor lace (the khaki version at Manning Cartell is a winner).
Pictured above | Manning Cartell, Aje at David Jones, Manning Cartell
The right headpiece is the icing on the maxi-dress cake - just ensure it is romantic but unfussy. Floral headpieces are huge for spring, but should be in the same colour range as your dress. With so much prettiness, more colour would be overkill. A dress with lots of volume makes enough of a statement, so downplay your accessories.
Picture above | All Mimco
This modern take on prettiness has a street-wise spirit and looks its best tamed with cool jewellery, a standout bag and flat shoes (yes!). We love Mimco’s range of hip bags for their perfect size, shape and structure, and Wittner’s range of race-worthy flats in a glorious shade of barely-there pink.
Pictured above (top to bottom, left to right) | Mimco, Manning Cartell, Mimco, Valentino at David Jones, Mimco and Wittner
For him, spring racing demands pure natural fibres in an earthy palette. Look for suiting in pure linen, linen blends, light wool and seersucker in desert tones of khaki, sand, pale blue, tobacco, taupe, and cream. Team with beautiful cotton shirting from Parker & Co. and RM Williams. Select from a gorgeous range of Italian cotton shirting in micro-checks, oxford blue and crisp white. Take a mooch around MJ Bale for this season’s on-trend suiting. Look dapper in a classic single-breasted jacket, or ramp it up in a double-breasted featuring this season’s wider lapels. Opt for a classic chalk stripe, or supersize your houndstooth or windowpane - you will stand out for all the right reasons.
Pictured above | All blazers by MJ Bale and shirt by RM Williams
Score extra points adding elegant accoutrements like a grenadine weave or a fabulously printed pattern for your tie and pocket kerchief. We are mad for the range at Saba. So luxe.
Thanks to Gucci, the loafer remains the cool shoe for spring. It’s hard to go past the original, Tod’s suede loafers (from Parker & Co.). Sure they’re pricey, but they are a great investment. They definitely float our fashion boat.
Pictured above | MJ Bale (tie, pocket square & cufflinks) & Parker & Co. (loafers and hat)