Founder and Editor of Chronicles of Her, Carmen Hamilton tells us how she approaches the serious matter of raceday outfit planning…
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is just around the bend (see what I did there?!) and I’m getting excited.
It’s one of the few occasions each year that still calls for getting all dressed-up, and while this can be both fun and frightening, I personally get equally (if not more!) excited about the fashion trackside as the main event. But there’s no doubt that the specific dress codes for each day can be confusing, and finding the appropriate pieces that you’ll actually be able to wear again isn’t easy.
I’m heading to AAMI Victoria Derby Day, so I decided to keep with the black and white theme, but the other days like Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day, welcome colours and prints. As a general rule, go for brighter shades (e.g. red, pink, yellow, green or floral) during spring carnival, and more subdued hues (e.g. maroon, navy, emerald etc) in autumn.
A dress is always a good choice. Opt for knee-length or below, and seek-out simple styles styles with a point of difference – like the graphic shoulders on this one. Bonus points if you can wear the dress again to work events and cocktail parties (like this LBD!).
Choosing the right headpiece is all about balance. If your dress is soft and feminine, go for something more structured on top like an architectural headband. But if your dress speaks for itself, the understated elegance of a veil will make the perfect pairing.
A low bun helps to showcase the shoulder detail and the loose pieces soften the strong shapes.
It’s no secret that I’m all about a good suit, and wearing one to the races is a surefire way to make a statement. You’ll stand-out in the sea of dresses and also be able to wear it time and time again = winning all ’round!
The Beauty Look
Be sure to add a feminine touch with your beauty look by keeping it soft and natural. Radiant skin, flushed cheeks and subtly defined eyes is my go-to look – it wears well in the heat and is easy to touch-up throughout the day.
Mix and match a skirt and top if you’re in the mood to experiment. These pieces are so versatile – you could wear the top again with almost anything, and the skirt could be dressed down with a plain tee and sneakers.
A chic black hat is a fail-safe option if headbands and fascinators aren’t your thing. You should opt for straw in spring and felt in autumn (but the rules were made to be broken!).
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