TREND REPORT: Caulfield Cup Day

Following last weekends Caulfield Cup Day, all I can think about is races fashion - what people were wearing and what I plan to wear to the race days still to come. After spending half the day scouting people at the Westfield Style Stakes, the perfect photo booth evolution of fashions on the field from previous years, I spoke to many a racegoer and documented what they were wearing, realising some of my favourite looks and individual pieces were from affordable Australian labels. Yes, my favourite looks may have included a YSL bag, or a JY Jewels headpiece, but more often then not I was also loving looks with pieces from Cue, Forever New, Seed and Mimco to name a few. 

Races fashion is a genre all to it's own. With explosions of colour, longer lengths and creative millinery being the norm in previous years, I thought I'd take a look back at three key trends I saw people wearing this year. xxx



Block colour lace was one of the biggest trends to emerge during the Westfield Style Stakes and trackside on Caulfield Cup Day this year. Worn in different hues and shapes, I saw both pastels and brights as well as a mixture of geometric and traditional lace designs. Styled with matching pastel tones or contrasting black, this look is fast becoming one of my favourite looks for spring. 



Wide leg pants on long legs are a seriously strong silhouette. Worn in block tones of black or white they were successfully worn with wide brim hats or crowns, and suit jackets or uniquely shaped shirts. I particularly love this trend as it's very bold, very practical and not over done. One of my favourite looks from the whole carnival was Bonnie Borland in her all black Cue suit and wide brim hat - a great silhouette is hard to beat.




Gold embellished millinery was the crowning glory to so many beautiful looks last weekend. Worn with both sleek and loose up do's, I loved the effortless feel they inspired. A standout was Jesinta Campbell in her Dolce and Gabbana crown. I adored this embellishment in a mix of metal and white, and found a similar idea from Forever New. A flexible styling piece, gold crowns can create ladylike perfection whilst also complimenting a more youthful take on racing fashion. Nadia Fairfax, in her double print Mary Katrantzou and star headpiece was perfection. 


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