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Key Spring Racing Fashion Trends

By Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist on October 13, 2016 in Other

Left: Gabby from Bondi. Right: Olimpia from Bondi Beach.

Left: Gabby from Bondi. Right: Olimpia from Bondi Beach.

It’s Spring Racing Carnival time again, where lady-like dressing, modest silhouettes and classic styles are key to successfully putting together your look this season. Stay ahead of the pack by trying one of these trends…

Off-the-shoulder – An off-the-shoulder dress with a below-the-knee hemline is an elegantly on-trend option for spring racing. The style highlights one of the most flattering parts of a woman’s body and is a classy way to show off some skin.

Pastels – The sugary sweet pastel trend will be popular this year. Fashion forward racegoers will steer clear of the bold prints and bright colours we’ve become accustomed to seeing as fashion takes a softer, more feminine turn. Pastel tones range from mint green and candy pink, to hydrangea blue, lemon chiffon, coral and taupe.

Hair jewels – Headbands and smaller, more flexible pieces will be popular this season – think beautifully crafted leather headpieces and metal hair jewels in rose gold or metallic chrome. Placement of your headpiece can make or break your look. Try a few different positions and don’t be afraid to get creative.

Three ways to stay classy
1. Keep your hemline below the knee and your headwear on your head.
2. Leave your denim and sequins at home.
3. Race wear is not party wear – think elegance and modesty rather than sexy and flirty.

What should men wear?
While a traditional dark suit is always a safe option, a better bet is a navy suit paired with brown shoes or a contrast printed jacket. Complete your look with a coloured bow tie or try a pastel pink or blue tie with a pocket square.

For men with a sartorial edge, try clashing prints with patterns to stand out from the crowd. Stay classy rather than clownish by choosing fabrics that are similar colour shades – a tonal colour palette works wonders. For optimal results the prints should be different scales.

On the streets I found:

Name: Gabby
Works: Bondi
Occupation: Retail sales
Street Style: Dress and heels by Free People, bag by Hunky Dory (all from Come As You Are), and Celine sunnies.
Fave Item For the Season: Cropped boot-cut jeans by J Brand.

Name: Olimpia
Lives: Bondi Beach
Occupation: Owner of Olimpia Beauty Salon
Street Style: Jacket and leather pants from Mango, top from Italy, boots by Gino Rossi and Ray-Ban sunnies.
Fave Item for the Season: Alexander McQueen clutch.

Still not sure what to wear? Book a consultation with Sharmin Musca – Personal Stylist for event specific styling or to revamp your wardrobe. Call 0405 518 155 or email