RACE DAY GLAM

MEL­BOURNE CUP MEANS PLAY­FUL PRINTS FOR WOMEN

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: TAM WRIGLEY

One of the most fash­ion-for­ward events of the year, Mel­bourne Cup is gal­lop­ing up fast and this year there are In­sta­gram-wor­thy styles that on­look­ers will be drool­ing over. Mercedes Benz Fash­ion Fes­ti­val in Bris­bane last month show­cased the spring/sum­mer sea­son trends and we are ready to trans­form these looks into track-side style. We are see­ing a move away from tra­di­tional sil­hou­ettes, en­cour­ag­ing a more re­laxed style this Mel­bourne Cup sea­son. Get ready for play­ful prints, feminine lines, power suits and “IT” girl beauty. If you’re look­ing to use play­ful prints think fun, floaty and feminine. Ro­man­tic sil­hou­ettes were on the run­way this sea­son with bishop sleeves, hip-hug­ging mer­maid-like midi skirts and re­laxed waist­lines. I en­cour­age you to make a spring state­ment by print clash­ing in colour­ful two­piece style. Look­ing for more feminine lines? Struc­ture is not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea and this trend is some­thing to be ad­mired when styled ef­fort­lessly. Soft peaches, lemon hues and pas­tel blues are on the radar, and why not be a lit­tle play­ful with asym­met­ri­cal hem­lines and re­laxed shapes. Your look can be com­pleted with a brimmed hat and over­sized ear­rings. A big stand­out this year on the fash­ion cir­cuit was the power suit and this is one style I love. Noth­ing says con­fi­dences like a well-tai­lored suit and de­sign­ers are chang­ing the way it’s de­fined, step­ping it up to in­cor­po­rate the modern Girl Boss in all of us. It’s Mel­bourne Cup so it’s all about colour; why not step out in style in a colour­ful power suit. This sea­son we are step­ping away from the tra­di­tional millinery pieces and em­brac­ing the fresh flower look. What I love about this is you can cre­ate be­spoke pieces that re­ally add magic to your race day out­fit, and for a frac­tion of the price. Get the colours you want to match your out­fit. Just be care­ful though, it is bee-mat­ing sea­son... With Fash­ions on the Field, it doesn’t just stop with your out­fit. Keep on point with your make-up too. Dewy skin is an easy go-to for race day. De­pend­ing what out­fit you are wear­ing, you may need a bold lip which means keep­ing your eye make-up on the lighter side. In the words of Napoleon Perdis: less is more. What about the men, I hear you say. It’s no longer about the suit, but about the com­bi­na­tion of ac­ces­sories that is go­ing to make the men put their best foot for­ward. Trend­ing in the suit scene is deep royal blue with fine lines or checks. Don’t for­get the pocket square, and this year the man brooch is here. Bum­ble bees, drag­on­flies, gold and diamond deer heads, golden bee­tles – your imag­i­na­tion is lim­it­less when it comes to ac­ces­soris­ing your race day look.

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MEN’S FASH­ION IS ALL ABOUT THE AC­CES­SORIES.

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A FRESH, FLO­RAL LOOK WILL BE HOT THIS SPRING.

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