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10 Best | Spring Racing Dresses

Pictured from left to right: Lace Shift Dress by Marcs (available in-store); Transition Dress by Camilla and Marc

There are a few occasions in a modern girl's life where finding the right dress is paramount. And one of them is the Spring Racing Carnival. If you're an avid raceday goer, you'll know that this actually means not just one dress, but several — a different one for each of the race days. Sounds like a bit much? Not really. Many of us start putting our spring racing outfits together when the first buds of spring start to bloom.

Rachel Gilbert, one of our go-to designers for racewear, recommends searching for dresses that are sophisticated and chic. "Keep hemlines below the knee and choose silhouettes with sleek, simplistic lines," she recommends. And colours trending this season? "Black and white is always a winning look, especially around Derby Day; but this season opt for a little pop of colour such as electric blue or antique pink."

We've helped narrow down the search; here's our 10 best dresses, perfect for each day of the Spring Racing Carnival:

  • 1

    Daysi Dress by Rachel Gilbert

    An elegant lace dress with a contemporary geometric pattern. Opt for the chalk blue version for a fresh springtime look at the races.

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  • 2

    Transition Dress by Camilla and Marc

    Featuring an abstract print exclusive to Camilla and Marc, this dress has a classic sheath silhouette that suits most body shapes. As worn by Jessica Gomes in the main image, above right.

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  • 3

    Hartlyn Dress by Rachel Gilbert

    White is a key colour this season. Wear this draped dress for Derby Day for a sophisticated look, paired with minimal black headwear.

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  • 4

    Cala Luna Dress by Shona Joy

    A black and white printed dress, perfect with a wide-brimmed white straw hat and slim sandals.

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  • 5

    Naturalist Dress by Ginger & Smart

    A graphic statement-making dress, this dress has a striking banksia-inspired print. Pick up the subtle green accents from the dress in your fascinator for a look that really pops.

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  • 6

    Hummingbird Dress by Staple the Label

    Made with bonded fabric and boning around the bust, this dress will hold you in for a long day out at at the races. Wear with a blazer over top for your office spring racing party.

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  • 7

    Power Grid Sheath Dress by Manning Cartell

    A Derby Day number, this dress's grid pattern is softened with its sheer silk organza overlay and pleated asymmetrical skirt. Pair with a similarly monochrome fascinator and clutch.

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  • 8

    Fading Hearts Dress by Cameo

    Dare to wear colour for Melbourne Cup! A striking red dress that is sure to turn heads with its asymmetrical simplicity.

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  • 9

    Anguis Ruched Dress by Rebecca Vallance

    Slightly more relaxed in design, this dress has more than meets the eye with silk jacquard fabric printed with an exclusive Rebecca Vallance print, plus a fitted ruched skirt with a flirty little kick-hem. Recommended for Crown Oaks Day.

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  • 10

    Emerald Wire Dress by Dion Lee

    Capture a sporty race day look with this racerback style dress made of fitted elastane jersey. Wear with your hair up for a body-lengthening look and to show off your shoulders.

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