Adelaide duo Melissa Barnes and Cat Southern both share a passion for fashion and the races. Their love for the track and Fashions on the Field is the driving force behind Racewear Carousel.
RACEWEAR CAROUSEL’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR AUTUMN RACING FASHION
- Hats and Millinery should be made of felt, leather or fabric. Straw hats are to be left for spring / summer.
2. Sleeves are always a good idea even if they just cover your elbows
3. Opt for closed in toe shoes to keep everything dry and warm
4. Take a jacket, cape or coat because autumn weather is always unpredictable
5. Experiment and don’t be afraid to DIY
STYLE TIP: Remember that the race track is not a night club and you can make a statement without showing too much skin. Dress classy and don’t forget to let your personality shine!
Oaks Day is ‘Ladies Day’ so think florals and pretty prints but work towards highlighting the deep rich colours of autumn. Burgundy, navy, green and metallic accessories will create a sense of mood and depth.
You can wear pants to Ladies Day or any other race day and still look a million bucks. Cat’s strapless jumpsuit is weather appropriate with a complimenting lace shirt over the top. Melissa’s dress could be worn for spring racing but by drawing out the plum tones with accessories it creates a warmer look perfect for a cooler day at the track.
Cat Wears: Eive Fashions Jumpsuit $52, Eive Fashions Lace top $34, Windsor Smith Milano heels was $129.95 now $88, Novo Gold clutch $59.95, Lovisa Gold choker (worn in hair) was $25.99 now $4, Lovisa Gold headband was $14.99 now $5
Nine West Martina heels was $149.95 now $79.95
Derby Day is the classy day of the racing calendar with the traditional black and white theme for both men and women. Colour should be saved for the other race days, but don’t be afraid to create a pop of interest with your lip colour.
You can make a bold statement by using block colours or play with prints to create a contrasting look. Cat’s headpiece was made from a headband and flower brooches which you could add in any colour.
Cat Wears: Portmans Jumpsuit was $99.95 now $69.95, Forever New Blazer $99.99, Shoe Shed Inniu Tempt heels $49.95, Forever New Claire box bag was $44.99 now $24.95, Lovisa Flower clips was $17.99 each now $4 each
Melissa Wears: Esprit Felt hat was $49.95 now $15, Lovisa Flower clips was $13.99 each now $4 each, Forever New Gloves $24.95, BNKR Keepsake Freelancer top was $159.95 now $50, BNKR Cameo Stay Close skirt was $219 now $80, BNKR Jaggar peep toe bowline shoe was $249 now $90, Review Malika clutch was $79.99 now $59
BNKR Jaggar peep toe bowline shoe was $249 now $90
Goodwood Day is the final major race day and a great opportunity to take the family along to the track. Accessories are a great way to change up the whole look from head to toe. Florals are great for autumn especially when they are made up of darker shades like the black and greys in Cat’s skirt. A nude heel can elongate your legs and make you look taller and it saves time running around finding a matching shoe colour.
Melissa Wears: Forever New Lace fascinator was $49.99 now $24.95, Forever New Red blazer was $169.95 now $119.95, Portmans Culottes $59.95, Seed Lace top was $169.95 now $119.95, Shoe Shed Billini Thilda heels $39, Forever New Piper sparkle clutch was $39.95 now $12.95
STYLE TIP: Melissa’s culottes and lace top could be used for Derby Day. Just by adding red accessories it’s ready to go for another race day.
STYLE TIP: Florals are great for autumn especially when they are made up of darker shades like black and greys.
DRESSING FOR THE AUTUMN RACES
It is important to dress for the weather and dress for comfort. A hat or headband will stay on all day and add a stylish, yet practical edge to your look. Capes are a great way to keep you warm without all the bulk and they can work with pants, dresses or skirts. A rich and heavy coat is also a staple leading into winter and this plum colour will always be on trend for seasons to come.
Cat Wears: Forever New Coat $159.99, Review Lidia dress $289.99, Shoe Shed Pieda Terre heels $59.95, Portmans Clutch $49.95, Temt Sunglasses $14.95, Temt Floral headband was $14.95 each now $2.95 each.
Melissa Wears: Esprit Jockey cap was $49.95 now $19, Forever New Caplet $129.99, Forever New Satin cami $49.99, Forever New Metallic pleated skirt was $119.99, Forever New Sunglasses $34.99, Forever New Floral clutch $39.99, Forever New Ankle boots was $84.99 now $49.95.
The Adelaide Racing Festival will be held at Morphettville Racecourse from the 6-20th May. It has 3 major race days each with a different theme. It’s important to keep this in mind and take into account the weather when planning your outfits.