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FROCKS AND FASCINATORS ARE STILL A FAVOURITE, BUT POWER SUIT­ING STANDS OUT FROM A FASH­ION­ABLE FIELD THIS SPRING CAR­NI­VAL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FASHION - WORDS: CHAN TAY LO­GAN PHO­TOS: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

The best tip for spring rac­ing style? Suit your­self. From the everel­e­gant black and white of Derby day to ex­u­ber­ant Cup colour, there’s plenty of fash­ion fun to be had within the race-day rules.

Robina Town Cen­tre se­nior mar­ket­ing man­ager Melissa Shaw says strong suit­ing is shap­ing up as a favourite.

“For more daring dressers, em­brace your in­ner boss lady and roll on to the race­course in a beau­ti­fully tai­lored power suit,” she says. “Style a suit with a wide-brim hat and lay­ered gold neck­laces for a bold yet so­phis­ti­cated aes­thetic.”

If sweet is more your style, suit the sea­son in del­i­cate lace or broderie anglaise in sor­bet shades.

“Com­plete this look with straw, raf­fia or wicker ac­ces­sories, like a small bas­ket bag and some adorable es­padrilles,” Melissa says.

Whether care­fully draped or per­fectly fit­ted, one-shoul­dered sil­hou­ettes are also pop­u­lar. And you don’t have to fol­low the pack when it comes to fascinators.

“For an on-trend al­ter­na­tive, reach for a straw hat in var­i­ous shades or sizes, or for the more fem­i­nine fash­ion­ista, go for a gilded or del­i­cate flo­ral head­band,” Melissa says. “To re­ally ace your spring rac­ing style, con­sider the el­e­ments and how the weather may af­fect your over­all look.

“Styling pieces with this in mind will al­low you to feel con­fi­dent with what­ever the day brings.

“Choose se­cure hats and head­pieces in case the wind picks up, opt for a sturdy heel or wedge for com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity (no one likes to sink into the grass) and be clever with your ap­proach to beauty.

“Matte lip­stick, SPF, translu­cent pow­der and wa­ter­proof mas­cara have suit­able stay­ing power.”

KOOKAI JACKET, $200, AND PANTS, $150; FALLEN BRO­KEN STREET HAT AVAIL­ABLE FROM THE HAT STORE, $109.95; WITCH­ERY SHOES, $185; KOOKAI CLUTCH, $70; LOVISA EAR­RINGS, $10.99, AND RING, $10.99; AND FOR­EVER NEW NECK­LACE, $24.99.

SHEIKE DRESS, $199.95, AND HAT, $79.95; WITCH­ERY SHOES, $185; KOOKAI CLUTCH, $90; LOVISA EAR­RINGS, $10.99; AND KOOKAI RING, $25, AND BRACELET, $35.

FOR­EVER NEW DRESS, $169.99, AND HEAD­BAND, $39.99; WITCH­ERY SHOES, $185; FOR­EVER NEW CLUTCH, $49.99; AND LOVISA EAR­RINGS, $10.99.

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