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Dasha Gold's Style Tips for Autumn Racing

To celebrate the Autumn Racing Carnival, we ask the dapper couple behind The TrendSpotter to share some practical style advice on what to wear trackside. Here Dasha Gold shares her style guide to dressing for autumn racing. (Original article on TheTrendSpotter.net)

One of the most prestigious and stylish racing events is the Sydney Autumn Carnival, which features both the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, and The Championships at the Royal Randwick horseracing venue. The events are spread over six weeks and showcase Australia’s  finest thoroughbred horseracing as well as some of the best fashion in the world.

Because all eyes are not just on the races but also on the fashion, it’s important to know the rules. Find the perfect Sydney Autumn Carnival outfit by adhering to the dress codes set by the organisers - ladies and gents are required to be neatly dressed and groomed.

Read on for my trends picks for autumn racing dressing:

Image source: The TrendSpotter

Off the Shoulder Dress

Although you’ll be watching your hemline on the day, a little skin can definitely look sexy, and one of the most elegant ways to achieve this is by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress. The style highlights the part of a woman’s body that is typically the smallest and therefore most flattering, and is undoubtedly the classiest way to show off skin.

The style also works wonders for women of both small and big busts. If you do have a small bust then ensure you wear the right strapless bra and choose a style that has a frill or more full top - this is a subtle way to create an illusion of a fuller bust.

What I'm wearing: Precocious Off the Shoulder Dress by Ellery; Felt Floppy Hat by Ace of Something; Bag by Zimmermann (available instore)

Image source: The TrendSpotter

Burgundy Wine

Burgundy wine is a rich, luxurious colour that has enjoyed popularity this season. It’s particularly flattering on most skin tones and is extremely versatile as well as luxurious.

While burgundy is great to incorporate into everyday wear and it pairs well with colours like white, black and slate grey, it’s also an exceptional colour for more formal occasions as it is intriguing without being too bold, so you can stand out of the crowd.

What I'm wearing: Rambling Rose Dress by Manning Cartell; Metallic Croc Pod Clutch by Olga Berg; Necklace by Angelique (worn as headpiece; available instore)

Image source: The TrendSpotter


Layering is a great way to keep warm, but it also has the ability to make even the simplest outfit more interesting. Layering can work in two ways: either with a neutral colour scheme and colours that tend to match and work well together, or the more daring person can colour-block. 

For inspiration on how to layer, consider pairing a dress with a stylish cape, a long top over a pencil skirt or a cropped blazer over a stylish jumpsuit, or a detailed shawl over your midi-length dress - all these looks will not only keep you cosy but also have you looking sophisticated.

What I'm wearing: Olivier Dress by Camilla and MarcVignette Skirt by Camilla and MarcRuiz Blazer by Camilla and Marc; Range Fedora by Rag & BonePerspex Fold Over Clutch by Olga Berg

Image source: The TrendSpotter


For any racing event elegance is key, and a classic monochrome look is the perfect way to achieve this. The black-and-white combination is timeless, flattering and extremely versatile, but to modernise the classic colour scheme be sure to pick different textured pieces: like a black leather pencil skirt and a white top, or a white lace dress paired with a black blazer.

However, texture is not the only important aspect of this look: play with interesting shapes like bell-sleeves, cut out details and embellishments like embroidery or crochet for an ultra chic ensemble.

What I'm wearing: Cotton Trim Insert Shirt by NicholasAcross the Water Skirt by KeepsakeStudded Square Pod Clutch by Olga BergFelt Floppy Hat by Ace of SomethingMontage Mules by Mimco

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