Forget Coachella. As northern hemisphere folk flock to the desserts of Palm Spring and other summer music festivals, we were swapping the sand for the turf with Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival.
Spread over six weeks, The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival sees horse-racing and fashion collide, with the finest thoroughbreds and style on show. The Carnival is no longer just about the races. Just as stylish revellers strut their stuff across the sands of Palm Springs, racegoers bring their sartorial A-game, transforming Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm into their very own fashion Meccas.
Race days are often steeped in tradition, and a level of decorum also applies to the fashion on the field too. To make sure you’re winning at the races, keep it classy. That means keeping thigh-skimming and midriff-baring pieces off the trackside!
Separates have been all the range, with dresses taking a back seat. Two piece outfits are a match made in heaven. Matching pieces can be paired together or mixed and matched with other wardrobe pieces, but let’s face it, the latter can be a downright head ache to coordinate. With hair and makeup still to think about, there’s definitely no time to tip the closet upside down, and that’s why we love this Love Potion* dress. With the layered look of separates and the ease of the reliable dress, it really does encompass the best of both worlds. Having the top layer finish at the waist is ultra-flattering, and the sleek structured bottom adds a tasteful and sophisticated sensuality which proves that classy and demure does not have to mean boring.
Breakout the florals early to liven up your race day outfit. Although a warm weather given, bloom smothered prints are not just for the spring races. If you’re not used to wearing colour during autumn, embrace a cooler colour palette. Swap your pastels for blossoming prints rendered against moodier bases, and team them with a pair of patent leather heels like we have, for an edgy touch.
Leaving the races barefoot and carrying your shoes in your hand is not a good look. Forgo sky high stilettos for more practical shoes that will go the distance. Wedges are a great choice to avoid sinking into the turf.
What would you wear to the Autumn Races?