It’s spring racing time here in Australia and that makes me very happy indeed. I love the opportunity to dress up and have a day at the track or a special racing function.
The looks on these pages were very budget friendly. Both dresses were purchased on sale, as were the fascinators. Once a racing season is over, hats and fascinators often get heavily reduced. The white one I’m wearing was 75% off the original price, making it $16. Whilst there are definitely trends in fascinators, if you choose a simple and classic style it won’t date, meaning you can wear it year after year and still be fashionable. Likewise with dresses, certain styles and shapes are timeless. A black halter dress or a basic shift dress will always be race day appropriate.
Speaking of appropriate, whilst the boundaries of race day dressing have certainly changed, it’s important to remember the etiquette of dressing for a day at the track, particularly if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Member’s area. Some Members areas have strict guidelines for entrance but even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to not flash too much flesh. Skirts should not be super short and cleavage should be kept to a minimum. Having said that, if you’re attending a racing function outside the track, such as a hotel luncheon or restaurant soiree, then I say go for it! Wear whatever makes you feel gorgeous and special. This is a chance for you to frock up and feel your very best 🙂