The Spring Racing Carnival is one of those events we all need a little guidance with when it comes to fashion. Unless you're a seasoned racing aficionado, it's easy to forget which dress codes apply to the specific race days. We've put together a memory-refresher below, along with some outfit ideas, all available online and instore at David Jones. Head to our brand-new edit of this season's winning race attire here, and enjoy planning that special outfit!
AAMI Victoria Derby Day: Saturday 1 November 2014
Tradition reigns supreme on this day so take advantage of the black and white dress code with this season’s white on white trend being the perfect canvas to show your flair for monochrome styling. Ellery, camilla and marc and Carla Zampatti have all created striking pieces this season with lace and mesh detailing taking centre stage. If black is more your style, look to Ellery and Bianca Spender for show-stopping black dresses and match this with Tony Bianco pumps and a Valentino fringed clutch.
Emirates Melbourne Cup: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Geometric prints and painterly treatments have us going back to art school and the Melbourne Cup is the perfect time to go all out and embrace colour. Look to Gary Bigeni for bright blues, Nicola Finetti and Alice McCall for interesting shapes and bold colours and to Willow for earthy tones of red and yellow. Accessorise your brights with stand out silver heels from Nicholas Kirkwood or Charlotte Olympia and a Stella McCartney clutch.
Crown Oaks Day (aka Ladies Day): Thursday 6 November 2014
Embrace ladylike chic on Crown Oaks Day. Today is the day to bring out your feminine side with lace dresses and a soft elegant style from Lover and Rachael Gilbert. For a ladylike and polished print in separates and dresses look to Trelise Cooper and Easton Pearson and to embrace the new take on nautical, look no further than camilla and marc and Veronika Maine. An Alexander McQueen clutch with a patent nude Christian Louboutin pump completes the look.
Emirates Stakes Day: Saturday 8 November 2014
Emirates Stakes Day concludes the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a day for the family. It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the perfect way to draw a close to the excitement of the week. The fashion is a pleasant mix of understated style and fun.